Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster Pedal
From the manufacturer:
The Pickup Booster is designed to boost your signal without altering the character of your sound, while allowing you to broaden your tone via the Resonance Switch
The Pickup Booster is for those times you need to be just a little louder, cut through the mix with more clarity, or have to play a song with a distinctive humbucker tone on a single-coil guitar.
A true-bypass pedal with class A, low-noise circuit design, Pickup Booster can be used to dial in the tone you need for every situation. It is exceptional at emphasizing a guitar’s natural tone while adding some muscle and fatness. The Gain control can be turned down to unity (0dB) with a discrete push-pull output stage for increased drive capability. So even with the Gain knob down at 0dB, your signal chain will sound cleaner –even with long cable runs- essentially acting as a buffer on your pedalboard.
Need a humbucker sound out of that vintage Strat? The Resonance Switch makes the pedal interact directly with your pickups, allowing your single-coils to emulate a either a chunky humbucker sound perfect for classic rock or blues or a high-output tone for rip roaring solos. You can also use the Pickup Booster for a clean, buffered boost with more headroom and fatten up a humbucker for maximum saturation and sustain – all with the flick of a switch.
Like all of our pedals, Pickup Booster is designed and assembled at our Santa Barbara, California factory by the same team responsible for our legendary pickups.
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The Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster boosts your signal in a natural way that doesn't affect the distinct character of your sound. It simply takes your guitar's natural tone and kicks it up a notch, thickening the sound for a fatter tone with greater clarity. For those situations when you want to add a little more life to your tone, the Pickup Booster will give it a three-dimensional sound that is bolder and brighter to cut through the mix. With its handy resonance switch, the pedal will actually interact with your guitar's pickups, allowing single coils to emulate a thick humbucker sound. With the flick of a switch, you can turn your vintage strat into a shredding machine (listen at 1:45). Using the Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster is a simple way to add depth to your tone in the most organic way possible.
Here is a great demo showing just how easily you can bulk up your strat tone with a Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster. The action starts at 0:35 (with the pedal engaged at 0:45), when you can hear fatter tone that is louder and more present. Notice that you are never actually sacrificing the natural tone of the strat until you start using the nifty resonance knob. With the knob set to 2 (1:00), the strat begins to take on a humbucker sound that is a littler thicker and darker. With the knob set to 1 (1:30), the shift in tone is a little subtler, but you get this nice blend of single coil and humbucker tone with a natural boost. This pedal almost works like a compressor would in terms of tonality, making each note sound fuller and more even. Listen at 4:20 to hear the gain maxed out for a natural breakup sound.
The player is using an MJT Stratocaster through a Dr. Z Antidote amp.
The Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster can be used for a variety of applications that can add a whole new dimension to your tone. Listen at 0:15 hear a simple boost sound (gain on low, resonance at 0), allowing a strat to cut right through the mix with a bold kick. Flick on the resonance switch and you start to get more of a PAF sound (without necessarily losing that single coil character). Get even more into humbucker territory with the resonance at 2 and you will get an even fatter sound with a lot of punch and clarity (1:02). Add a little distortion to the mix and the booster will tighten up your sound, giving you a nice compressed crunch that is thick with saturation (listen at 1:24). Play with the resonance knobs and you will be able to filter your tone in a number of ways, whether it's adding a little presence to your tone or thickening it up. Kick the gain all the way up (2:40) to rip some roaring lead tones with amazing definition. The Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster is a great tool to have to color your guitar tone in so many ways.
The player in the video is using a number of Fender strats and a Gibson Goldtop Les Paul.
Here is an in-depth look at the Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster in all its capacity. I find that this pedal does a lot to add fat and muscle to a single coil sound, making it a great tool for strat players who want a little punch to their tone. Use it as a boost to bring notes to life, adding depth and dynamic character to your playing. Alternatively, use the resonance switch to bulk up your single coils and get a chunky humbucker sound. No matter how you use this pedal, it will give your tone an extra boost that breathes new life into every note.
The player is Lewis Turner and he is using a Fender strat into a clean amp with reverb.
Make your pickups scream with the Seymour Duncan Pickup booster. Skip to 0:30 to hear the pedal in action, adding a slight boost to the single with enhanced dynamics. Crank up the gain and hear the pickups start to naturally break up, adding a nice warm saturation to the tone without losing character (listen at 0:40). Skip to 1:45 to hear the gain cranked all the way for a high-output humbucker sound. This pedal will transform your single coils into a fat PAF sounding with a flip of the resonance switch. The Pickup Booster is an incredibly dynamic pedal that will add amazing detail to your sound, boosting your signal and interacting with your pickups for a variety of tonal options.
The player is Devin from The Musician Network TV and he is playing a Fender Strat through a Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier amp.
Here is a great example of using the Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster to interact with lower output pickups on a gain setting. As you dial in more gain on your amp, you can kick in the boost for extra responsiveness from your pickups. This will fatten up your tone a lot, pushing your pickups hard and driving the amp for a thick crunchy tone. As you apply more saturation to your tone, the pickup booster does a nice job of tightening up the sound and breaking up the pickups for a creamy lead tone (listen at 5:35). The resonance knob also comes in handy for times when you may want a slightly darker humbucker sound, or if you want more of a blended sound with great punch and detail.
The player is Nils from Best Guitar Effects and he is using a DIY Telecaster loaded with a Lollar Vintage Tele set, a Strat loaded with Lindy Fralin Pickups, and a 2003 Gibson Les Paul Standard. He used a number of amps including a 1966 Fender VibroChamp, 1971 Fender Deluxe Reverb, and a 1983 Marshall JCM800 2203.