The new Benson Amps Germanium Boost pedal is a self-biasing circuit and uses the same design the company originally tried with its temperature-controlled fuzz pedal. It didn’t really work for the fuzz, but it excels in this boost circuit!
Benson Amps Germanium Boost
This one-knob Germanium Boost pedal from Benson Amps was designed to add some much-needed extra volume and sizzle to your guitar tone. The circuit design utilises a voltage-controlled error correction circuit to bias the single germanium transistor. Essentially, it negates any issues that may arise from extremes of temperature, with the added bonus of making it impervious to any component drift, or leakage. Once powered up, the pedal takes about ten seconds before the error correction circuit correctly biases the germanium transistor inside.
Clean Linear Boost or Fuzz Pedal Friend
You could use the unit as a nice clean linear boost, add some sizzle to your tone, and with it, some sweet harmonic overtones when used at volume. Or, you can juice your traditional Fuzz Face-circuit and make it more like a ToneBender. If you check out Andy’s demo in the video below, you can hear him do just that. And it sounds glorious!
Usually, Fuzz Face style fuzz pedals just squeal when they see low impedance pedals in front of them. But this Germanium Boost plays perfectly with them. It also appears to work very nicely with drive pedals, so it could be a great unit for stacking drive tones, especially with older, more fussy stompboxes.
9 Volt Power Only
You can power the pedal with a regular 9V battery or from a 9V DC Boss-style centre-negative power supply. But you must not exceed 9V or you could destroy the pedal or power supply!
RRP – USD 199