In the vast world of guitar pedals, Booster pedals have always been popular amongst guitarists for one simple reason - they let you go from a medium to a high volume at the click of a (foot) switch. No fiddling with knobs involved - hit the switch with your foot and you're ready to play your solo.
Although that sounds simple enough, some pedals offer more than just a volume boost. Many offer EQ effects, so that you can re-birth some of the tone that got lost within your pedal chain.
Some pedals really go to town on this, and offer extreme precision, as well as the option of toggled pre-settings. Some, however, are one-dial simple!
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If you're looking for versatility, value for money, high quality and durability in a Booster pedal, our Number 1 choice of best boost pedal is the TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar.
This pedal offers multiple controls: Gain, Volume, Bass, High and a FAT/CLEAN/MID toggle! It also offers extreme transparency of sound, and really boosts the tones already in your guitar, rather than distorting them.
For the more budget constrained our option would be the Wampler Pedals Decibel Plus V2 Boost and Independent Buffer Effects Pedal.
This is the simplest of the lot: no extra EQ options, no promise of humbucker-esque sounds: just a booster!
However, if a booster is what you're looking for, then there's nothing wrong with that!
Ok, let's get back to the full review...
At a Glance: Our Choice Of The 5 Best Boost Pedals On The Market
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And The Winner Is...
All of these pedals are winners in different ways.
However, for versatility, price and controllability, the TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar is the winner.
This pedal is the only one to have both a volume and a gain dial, as well as a toggle for quick-fix fat/clean/mid settings. It's easy to use, reasonably priced and durable.
Whichever pedal you choose, we hope that you do so for the reasons that suit you and your playing!
If you crave occasional Seymour Duncan sounds despite your single coil pickups, the Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster is your pedal! If simplicity is what you're suited to, then the Wampler is your one! If you are fond of POWER, the Earthquaker is the obvious choice, and for extreme precision of tone it would have to be the Xotic!
If, like us, you get excited about versatility, value and good all-rounders, then we are guessing you'd agree with the TC Electronic verdict!
We hope you enjoy your next new toy,