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andy474x
06-19-2012, 03:07 PM
Just wondering what some of you guys do to get a volume boost on your leads (or if you do anything at all)? I go back and forth between a volume booster in the loop, and just turning up loud for the whole gig. I don't get complaints about either, but I kinda feel like a jerk for blaring over my band. Sometimes I can just ride the volume knob, but if you've already got a lot of gain going, you don't get much volume change out of that... I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about. Just seeing what the opinions are.

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06-19-2012, 03:16 PM
I installed a set of these. They go to 11.

http://www.guitarnucleus.com/gnstore/knobs/GN0132KN-BLK.jpg

QueenCityGuitars
06-19-2012, 03:20 PM
http://www.cms-music.net/tl_files/Bilder%20Xotic/RC_front.png

Mark Ray
06-19-2012, 03:53 PM
2 Channel amp OR an overdrive pedal, currently an MXR M.O.D., soon to be replaced or augmented with an TC Electronics Spark Booster if they ever catch production up.

dantedayjob
06-19-2012, 03:53 PM
The last couple amps I have purchased have real lead boosts of one sort or another... actually kicking the volume up. They may not be the perfect amps tone wise, but the both sound VERY good in a group setting... Traynor YCS 100H and Spider Valve 112. The Traynor is a great amp and has a foot switchable boost that kicks the volume up to a certain settable level without a significant impact on tone. The Spider Valve is an amazing amp if you really take the time to tweak the sounds... it is easy to make it sound like poo, but it can sound like a nice tube amp (which it is, thanks to Mr Bogner) too. It doesn't have a boost per se, but with the control board there is a volume pedal, which has little to no effect on tone across it's sweep. I taped a pile of quarters under the pedal heel at the point I wanted to set for my rhythm sound, then I just toe forward for lead. Simple. The pedal on the board is supposed to double as a wah, but that is a PIA in my opinion, plus the wah is only ok... I use a GiG FX Kilo Wah and that thing is great for gigs, simple, built like a tank, optical switching/analog circuitry... nice. SO, my current gig rig is small but practical; 40 watt 112 combo (loudest 40 watts I ever heard), Line 6 Shortboard, Kilo Wah. Compact and I have all I need

swede71
06-19-2012, 04:18 PM
Pre PRS guitar i always used a tubescreamer and in later days a RC booster.When i discovered the excellent volume pot on my PRS i try to use that as much as i can,having the lead tone on 10.

crgtr
06-19-2012, 05:07 PM
I have an EP Booster on most of the time and kick in a Wampler Paisley Drive or Lovepedal Gold Kalamazoo to get dirty. All into my CAD Dallas.

Twinfan
06-19-2012, 06:11 PM
Change channel on my XTC or 65 Amps'.

LSchefman
06-19-2012, 06:18 PM
I find that unlike a lot of guitars, PRSes have really useful volume and tone controls. I set the amp up to get my sounds with the volume controls and tone controls at maybe 6-7, sometimes lower. That way I can control gain and volume with my amp. But I don't play with huge amounts of gain.

Jedi
06-19-2012, 10:58 PM
I use an Fulltone OCD or a Tubescreamer.

WEDGE
06-19-2012, 11:06 PM
I just saw a video for a Mad Professor Golden Cello pedal...sick! WANT!

wilerty
06-19-2012, 11:08 PM
Use the solo button on the Mark V pedal ...

cosmic_ape
06-20-2012, 03:57 AM
Rockbox Boiling Point, it goes from clean boost to slightly dirty and creamy overdrive!

Aldwyn
06-20-2012, 06:16 AM
Either the vol knob (I tend to play at around 7, so a roll up to 10 often does the trick), or a Fulltone Fat-Boost (origional).

Richard Lainegard
06-20-2012, 09:29 AM
Different OD pedal for lead than for rhythm, so I can both adjust volume level, but also gain and tone to suit my taste.
I also use them with a switching system so I can add stuff like comp, delay or whatnot to my lead or rhythm tones.
here is the board I was using at Musik Messe this year:
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL435/2169504/4227389/401950401.jpg

swede71
06-21-2012, 02:09 PM
Tja Richard!
Whats that effect routing system mackapär?

Richard Lainegard
06-22-2012, 03:48 PM
Hey, it's a MoenFX GEC9, Amazingly versatile and smart device. More info can be found at their website, www.moenfx.com
If it's something you're interested in, I can hook you up (have 2 of these on the way here straight from Moen for Swedish guitarists)

slowro
06-22-2012, 04:42 PM
I am thinking about trying a Maxon OD808 and something to boost it (until a new Klon appears!) I was thinking the xotic EP Booster but what order would you run them in? I like to use my volume knob so the amp would be on a "just breaking up" stage.
what order would you think would be good to run them?

Boogie
06-22-2012, 09:49 PM
I am thinking about trying a Maxon OD808 and something to boost it (until a new Klon appears!) I was thinking the xotic EP Booster but what order would you run them in? I like to use my volume knob so the amp would be on a "just breaking up" stage.
what order would you think would be good to run them?

I run a Keeley TS-9 then OCD in front of an EP Booster so that the conversion to low impedance takes place after the TubeScreamer magic. Also makes the run up the cables crystal clean and strong. I just bought a Lovepedal Kalamazoo to replace the OCD but will probably keep this order.

slev
06-23-2012, 07:18 AM
Used to run a Keeley Katana for a while, great pedal, but now I'm with Aldwyn, roll that volume knob to 10 and I've got enough to pop out of the mix. The 9-10 portion of the volume pot can't be linear with the 0-9 range. I don't know if PRSh has ever confirmed this but, that last bit certainly doesn't feel linear.

prsrocker1988
06-24-2012, 01:22 AM
My Pedalboard:

http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k590/gibsonguitar1988/Gear/Pedalboard.jpg

I use the Xotic RC for a clean boost for 95 percent of solo boost duties. I also have an Xotic EP for a fat boost for the other 5 percent of times I want a fatter solo tone especially on a single coil guitar. The Xotic Boosters are straightforward and do their job well.

sergiodeblanc
06-24-2012, 01:29 AM
I've had a piece of graphite in my right hand index finger science high school, not exactly lead but I think it gives me an advantage. (or I play louder)

Proxmax
06-24-2012, 04:11 AM
2nd master at my Diezels or channel switch.

Prs_McCarty1
06-25-2012, 04:13 PM
I run a Fulltone FullDrive 2 Mosfet, it has a boost side and an overdrive side, it works great as a clean boost and as a lead boost, with the stomp of 1 button.

Brewer
06-26-2012, 10:23 AM
Fulltone OCD, or the lead channel of a Mesa Subway Rocket. For clean boost I use a Smart People Factory boost.

http://files.effectsdatabase.com/gear/pics/fulltone_ocd_001.jpg

newfmp3
06-26-2012, 01:14 PM
Used to run a Keeley Katana for a while, great pedal, but now I'm with Aldwyn, roll that volume knob to 10 and I've got enough to pop out of the mix. The 9-10 portion of the volume pot can't be linear with the 0-9 range. I don't know if PRSh has ever confirmed this but, that last bit certainly doesn't feel linear.

I only have one PRS but that is how I feel as well. From 0-9 its pretty linear, but from 9-10...LOOK OUT. Big difference.

BigBrewtus
06-26-2012, 08:52 PM
Cleanish tones I use an old TS-9. Great boost with good warmth added.
Dirty tones I use a version 1 Cusack Screamer. It will only color the tone if I want it too. Otherwise a
clean boost with no tone change. Super quiet as well.

hippietim
06-29-2012, 02:45 AM
There's a number of ways to pull this off and they all have different results:

Volume control on the guitar - this works great as long as you are content with the sound of your guitar with the volume rolled back. This works for a lot of guys but I see just as many get inconsistent results because they don't know how the sound is out front and have no consistent way to nail the levels.
Volume pedal in the loop - for single channel amps this is my preference. As long as the loop is designed well you can really have great control over the volume with minimal impact on your tone. You need to use the right kind of volume pedal - pedals that are designed to sit in front of the amp don't generally work well. The kind you want for this is something like the Boss FV-500L (not the 500H). This is how I run with my single channel Two Rock Studio Pro.
Actual volume boost built into the amp - this is really the best way IMO. A lot of amps these days have a switchable boost or 2nd master volume to do just this. It's the best way to maintain your tone and get a true volume boost. I have a Carvin Legacy 3 that does this exceptionally well.
Boost/dirt pedals - This is one of the things that guitar players get wrong so often. A boost pedal can work if your amp has the clean headroom on tap. But if you're already distorting at the amp a boost pedal isn't going to make you any louder. It'll get more distorted but that isn't going to help your solo stand out any. I can't tell you often I see guitar players step on a boost/dirt pedal for a solo and have it make no difference at all. For a solo to stand out, it has to be louder not dirtier.

Proxmax
06-29-2012, 05:18 AM
another way is to use the volume at the compressor.
there you have 2fx at once for lead.

gearhead
06-30-2012, 10:04 AM
Depending on which pedal board I'm using, its either a Fuchs Plush Pure Gain or an Xotic EP Booster. Depending on the amp, I'm running the EP Booster all the time and using the Pure Gain as a lead boost.

Jack Gretz
06-30-2012, 01:51 PM
Simply the EP Booster from Xotic effects

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06-30-2012, 01:53 PM
Simply the EP Booster from Xotic effects
Me too, Jack. I got mine in Memphis so the EP stands for Elvis Presley. ;)

t.shamone
06-30-2012, 10:05 PM
I get boost a few different ways depending on what gear I'm using and what sound I need;

Good old volume knob./
Step on the graphic EQ on my Mark IV with an inverted V shape(^)./
Set the Helium (left) side of my Jetter Red Square for clean boost./
Keep the peak reduction off on the Effectrode PC-2A and it functions as a super sweet boost pedal.
In fact I use it 95% of the time as a boost.

http://i810.photobucket.com/albums/zz25/tshamone/Gear/CurrentBoardsmall.jpg