Best Boost Pedals Of 2018 – Buyer’s Guide

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.

Our Pick

TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar

Our recommended boost pedal 

TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar

With this pedal there is volume, high and low EQ, and also a gain. Additionally, there is a toggle in the middle.

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!

Budget Pick

Wampler Decibel Plus V2 Boost & Independent Buffer Guitar Effects Pedal

The best value for money

Wampler Pedals Decibel Plus V2 Boost and Independent Buffer Effects Pedal

An excellent budget friendly boost pedal. Punches far above its weight class.

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At a Glance: Our Choice Of The 5 Best Boost Pedals On The Market

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1. EarthQuaker Devices Tone Job EQ and Booster Effects Pedal

EarthQuaker Devices Tone Job EQ and Boost Guitar Effects Pedal

This pedal comes with bass, treble and mid EQ controls, as well as a level control, and your on/off foot switch. It's more than just a boost pedal: it's an EQ pedal, too. This enables you to control your tone effectively, as well as become louder.

These EQ controls each contain their own 20db of boost or cut, and the level can give you up to five times more! It is a powerful beast!

It's a little pricey but it is built by hand in Ohio, so promises quality and longevity.

You can power this using either a 9V or 18V power supply.

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2. Xotic RC Booster Guitar Pedal

Xotic RC Booster Guitar Pedal

Like the Earthquaker, this Xotic model has – as well as a level control – bass, treble and mid EQ controls, so you can shape your tone as well as boosting your level.

The EQ controls contain 15db boost or cut, and the level can give you 20db+. It's less powerful than the EarthQuaker, but the EQ controls are extremely sensitive, and it really brings out what's natural in your guitar. This pedal can make a real difference.

If you struggle with losing tones – due to other pedals in your chain – then putting this at the end will give you the control to bring out the sounds that you want.

It's a little pricey, as you'd expect for such a quality effects pedal. But it's as effective as it should be, and promises longevity due to its durable metal casing.

It can be powered using either a 9V battery or an adapter.

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3. TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar (Editor's Choice)

TC Electronic Spark Booster Guitar

This pedal has a slightly different set of controls. There is volume, high and low EQ as before, and also a gain. Additionally, there is a toggle in the middle, which you can set to clean, fat or mid to get the sound you want.

The level control offers 26db of boost and the gain control is useful for adding a little overdrive onto a clean amp. The high and low EQ controls work as with the other pedals, to allow you to adjust the tone and to pick out the frequencies which your sound requires.

This is an incredibly versatile pedal, and it also comes at a reasonable price! Of course, it is in sturdy, high quality metal casing.

It can be powered using either a 9V battery or an adapter.

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4. Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster Pedal Guitar Signal Path Effect

Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster Pedal Guitar Signal Path Effect

This pedal is ideal for those who know exactly what they want! That being, a chunky humbucker tone, which cuts through!

It has a resonator switch, which allows you to make your single coil pickups sound like either vintage humbuckers or high-output humbuckers.

The pedal's main feature, however, is its gain dial. This offers 25db of boost!

Although this pedal offers less control than those with 4 – 5 knobs, it does offer ease of use, consistency and reliability. It's also reasonably priced!

You can power it using a 9V battery or an adapter.

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5. Wampler Pedals Decibel Plus V2 Boost and Independent Buffer Effects Pedal (Budget Choice)

Wampler Decibel Plus V2 Boost & Independent Buffer Guitar 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!

It is delightfully easy to use, with one dial allowing you to choose exactly how much boost you desire, and it is very small!

Its mini-pedal size means that you can sneak it into your pedal board without it stealing any significant space, for those moments when you need to remove any 'muddiness' from your sound. It also makes it more environmentally friendly!

It's reasonably priced and a sturdy pedal.

This pedal can be powered using a DC adapter.

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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,

Happy Boosting!

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Roz is a music teacher and our go-to person for anything music theory! When she’s not teaching or writing for Zing, Roz writes and plays in alternative/ psyche /art rock band The Roz Bruce Infusion.

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