BBE has just announced a new mini Boosta Grande pedal called the MBG-20, a scaled down edition of the original BBE Boosta Grand pedal.
This all-analogue clean boost pedal offers +20dB of clean gain. BBE claim the sound is transparent and that the pedal won’t alter your guitar’s core tone; the aim is to let you kick the front end of a valve amp.
BBE achieve some of this by ‘mildly’ rolling off the 1kHz top end of your guitar’s signal, the idea being that your amplifier’s upper harmonics don’t become excessive. Sounds like techno-wizardry to me, but then I have always marvelled at BBE’s pedals with their cool looks and their ability to maximise guitar tones, so they know what they are doing.
The small format is ideal for most player’s pedalboards. You can also run the pedal straight off your power supply and not worry about batteries running out, which I find is the way forward with gigging pedalboard rigs.
The MBG 20 has a grand total of one knob that lets you add up to +20dB of clean boost. That’s it. What’s not to like? I like ‘simple’ and slamming the front end of a good valve amp will often lead to great lead tones in a live situation. It means you’ll often not need any extra drive, as your amp already has its own character that you can overdrive ‘naturally’. It’s a great way to control your gain stage and to me it makes perfect sense.
The demo video of the original (large) Boosta Grande pedal below explains it really well and I feel gives a pretty good overview of what you can achieve by using this type of pedal.
RRP: $119 plus shipping/taxes
For more information, check out the maker’s product page.