Ananashead FX has a new Range Booster pedal based on the classic late ’60s treble booster effects used by bands like Black Sabbath.
Ananashead FX Range Booster
Barcelona based Ananashead FX has just launched their new handmade Range Booster pedal and has both silicon and germanium transistors, which you can select via a toggle switch. Then you just tweak the two chicken head controls labelled Boost and Range for dialling in your desired tones.
This is the kind of pedal that works perfectly with a valve amp, and to get the most from it you want to dime your amp and then add the Range Booster to taste. The original late ’60s Dallas Rangemaster was used to give your amp some more clarity and it just happened to push the amp’s preamp into a singing sustain as a nice after effect.
It ended up being used by many famous guitarists, including Tony Iommi and Brian May, to get their huge guitar tones.
Silicon and Germanium
This new recreation allows you to choose between silicon, which is a bit harder and germanium, which is not as sharp and full on as the silicon. You will need to dial this pedal into taste and experiment. I have found that to get the most out of treble booster-style pedals you need to get your valve amp cooking, and play at volume to really appreciate it.
It is true bypass and takes a 9VDC input which draws 3mA of current. The Range Booster has shielded inputs and outputs to reduce noise. It costa a fraction of the price of an original ’60s unit and I would imagine it is far more road worthy and far more reliable too.
The official demo video sounds like it has the tones you would expect from such a pedal and so for the price this is a bit of a bargain. You can order them directly from the link below.
RRP – EUR 110