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Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 Linear Power Booster Preamp Pedal

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Product Description

An exact recreation of the original LPB-1 circuit, which ushered in the age of overdrive in 1968. Put the LPB-1 in front of any effect to dramatically increase definition from its cleaner and heavier input drive. Control the gain and saturation of any amp. Put impact into your tone.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 2.8 x 3.4 inches ; 10.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000IO8XFM
  • Item model number: NLPB1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,647 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BassMan on June 2, 2009
This pedal is fantastically reliable, and the best boost I've tried in terms of tone quality and low noise. Because it's a boost and not a distortion, it doesn't change your sound when you kick it in, but it does up the signal to the front end of your amp so it can get more of your Amp's own natural distortion to sing through. As a way to jump on top of the band for a solo, this pedal is the perfect thing. It does add a little bit of mid-range bump which I really like--not much but if you really listen you can hear it happening. Another great use for this is at the end of a chain of effects your using to make up for any signal loss suffered in your chain. I frequently use it as an always on effect in that case, juicing the front end of my amp just enough to make up for the loss in power from running through four different boxes. This can also be really useful if you use a couple different guitars, and one of them has a noticeably lower output than the other. You can figure that difference out in advance and have the boost level on this set to compensate, so when you switch instruments, you hit the boost and maintain your overall output level. This is so inexpensive, I can keep an extra on hand just in case. I have also bought a few of these to give friends who I thought could really use a boost. Seriously, at less than $40 this is a great deal.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By robert louis duckworth on December 19, 2011
About a year ago I got rid of all(actually just took them off my board)my distortion pedals that had IC's in them. I decided to remove anybody else's idea of what was their idea of "good" distortion and come up with my own. Now all I have is a LPB-1 and a Keeley Java Boost. My first time on stage with the LPB-1 at high stage volume was great. My stock stratocaster just got huge, fat and greasey. The big, loud strat going into a JCM 800 Marshall was sounding unreal. It wasn't slick and processed, like an Ibanez Tubescreamer or Boss pedal would do. Just made my guitar BIG. Like the Big Muff Pi, this was one of the first pedals EH put on the market. Actually this was the first. It came out in 1968 and like the telecaster, was just perfect right out of the gate. It doesn't re-shape your tone. It just punches your amp with a boosted signal. Gibson found a nich with the Fuzztone in 1963, much to the horror of clean guitar fans. Well, EH did the same thing in making a stomp box that overloaded the preamp of your guitar amplifiers. Instant rowdy kids, mad parents, and the police at your door. In other words....Rock and Roll. Why spend $100.00+ on a fancy, boutique boost pedal when you can get this for $40.00 with a battery already in it. It makes your Fender guitar into a giant killer and your humbucker Gibson into gooey sludge if you want.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By StormJH1 on February 2, 2015
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I recently purchased an LPB-1 because I had a need for a straight "booster" on my pedal board. Boost pedals, as a concept, are an extremely straightforward concept, but the way they impact tone through an amp depends quite a bit on placement in the signal chain, settings, and the type of amp. With these issues in mind, I struggled a bit to decide between a 4- or 5-star review, since the LPB-1 has some limitations conveying clean, "transparent" boost. But given that EHX has made it extremely affordable ($40) and it functions very well for a particular type of boosted sound, I decided that there was enough "function for value" here to warrant 5 stars.

Boosts raise the amount gain in your signal, so the assumption by many is that this makes the audio "louder". While this can be true, particularly if the boost is used later in the signal chain, boosts can just as much increase the saturation of the input signal, and hitting the preamp of a tube amp (or perhaps some modeling amps) may also cause it to overdrive. The EHX LPB-1 has a single knob for adjusting the amount of added gain - there are no tone controls or additional parameters. But, used with other pedals (and the settings on your amp), tone control in a booster is more of a luxury than a necessity.

Choosing between boosters can be difficult because you really won't know how they function until you use them with your own rig. I opted for the LPB-1 instead of the MXR Micro Amp (itself a single-knob industry standard) because the LPB-1 tends to be warmer and fuller sounding. On a large, bassy amplifier, this may not be desirable. But on a 10" bright combo amp, such as my Fender Super Champ X2, this is a desirable quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor on October 1, 2013
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I cannot shower enough praise on the LPB-1. It currently sells for about $40 and improves your sound when combined with any other pedal (especially overdrive/distortion pedals) or on its own. I keep it on all the time, since it always improves sound-quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Siers on December 8, 2013
I love the LPB1 even though I don't use it much. It just sits there on my board until I see the need to turn it on, then my guitar cuts through the mix like a knife.

We play at pretty high stage volume. Intentional or not, it happens. While I play mostly rhythm there are times when I need my guitar to be front-and-center, and I wasn't getting that. The complaint was that I couldn't be heard.

Then I saw the LPB1 and as usual I didn't have time to mess with it before buying it, so I did my usual and figured "Hell, what could it hurt?" At this price I could always sell it if it sucked too bad. I had an important show coming up in a week and was already breaking my cardinal rule of adding equipment for a show that I haven't rehearsed with.

So I got it and I've been in love ever since. The switch is Nice and tough, the jacks are great, and the pot is nice and snug. Don't let people tell you that this pedal doesn't color your sound, because it does. There is a very subtle color and the slightest hint of breakup in the boosted signal, but in my case (modern country/southern rock) it works well and isn't a problem. Make sure you check it out before you buy it.

Oh yeah, it also comes with a battery. Honestly I didn't know it had a battery because I plugged it right into my board and never opened it. I only use batteries in my rig in emergencies. Just recently discovered the battery. Another plus if you're a battery person.
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