Denmark’s LunaStone has announced a new mini boost pedal named Boost 18. For something so diminutive it manages to pack in plenty of extra signal gain!
The LunaStone Boost 18 is a simple mini pedal that comes with a whole 18 dB of extra gain. That lets you kick in a bit more oomph, just when you need to stand out during a song. It has the simplest of layouts, which is generally what I am looking for in a boost pedal, apart from the sound. It consists of a single gain knob, LED on/off indicator and a footswitch. Their previous boost pedal The Pusher had 15 dB of gain, so this new one goes slightly further.
Ideally, you want a clean gain so as not to further colour your guitar’s tone. LunaStone reckon that this pedal will give you that in spades, so if you are looking for a compact boost for your board this could be perfect. Again, as I mentioned with their previous gain pedal, there are a lot of boost pedals on the market already at around this price point. The Boost 18 has a lot of competition, especially in the boutique world. It just tips over the $100 mark and that could be what pushes it slightly over the budget of some buyers. The street price might be lower.
It is, of course, true-bypass and runs of an external standard 9V DC, so it should fit easily onto most pedal boards without any fuss. I do like that it will go from unity gain up to 18 dB of boost, as that is plenty of gain for most players.
RRP – USD 109/EUR 109