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Thread: Onboard booster preamp?

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    Question Question: Onboard booster preamp?

    Does anyone have a MM guitar with an onboard booster preamp such JP13 or Luke? How useful is it and how it sounds? How do you use it? How often do you use it? Could you share your thoughts on this? I am interested in this feature and I want to know more, from people who have some direct knowledge. Thank you.
    Last edited by dedeman; 03-07-2014 at 08:12 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dedeman View Post
    Does anyone have a MM guitar with an onboard booster preamp such JP13 or Luke? How useful is it and how it sounds? How do you use it? How often do you use it? Could you share your thoughts on this? I am interested in this feature and I want to know more, from people who have some direct knowledge. Thank you.
    I have the boost on my Luke III, and absolultely love it. After trying it for a few months as a clean boost, I turned it up just a bit, to deliver grit on demand. Not full out distortion, I have pedals (and amps) that can do that, but rather just a bit of "hair" to the tone. It provides another tone option on top of whatever pedal, or amp tone, you are using at any given time.

    I have one of the early, rosewood necked Olive Gold Lukes, where the boost is on the tone knob. Personally, I don't find it easily accessible, I find the vibrato bar gets in the way. Would much prefer the current placement of the boost - the volume knob.

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    becos micro booster oboard preamp

    Thank you for your reply. I myself am looking now at this booster. I have a JPXi myself and I would really like to have this feature and get rid of an overdrive pedal which is easy to forget engaged when switching from a dirty channel to clean sounds.


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    Wow! That's definitely an intriguing product. Looks like a lot of work on the install but still.
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    In video description they say that they wanted to power the booster from the same onboard battery... but I think I can install it with its own battery and that is pretty straight forward installation, as I can see on the other installation movies, especially on Gibson. There is room for another battery in the electronics compartment.

    BECOS does also some interesting jackplates!
    Last edited by dedeman; 03-11-2014 at 11:31 PM.

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    Ok, so they finally did some decent sound demos, including this one with JPXi. Not really the shredding type of demo, but it reveals the potential and the transparency of the sound. I think it is pretty convincing... I wonder how it compares with JP13's preamp... or Like3's preamp...

    Last edited by dedeman; 07-20-2014 at 01:41 PM.

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    It works so well on the luke3,much better than an overdrive pedal. You can dial in how much gain with a simple adjustment. It can be subtle or quite dramatic. I play fairly clean, but when the boost is on I can easily scream notes with harmonics. I'd like it on any guitar. I think I may try that becos booster in my jp6. If it works as well as the mm one i definitely will put it in my Albert Lee as well!

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    good to know, thanks for sharing
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    I have it on my L3 but I have to admit I don't use it. Probably 2 reasons, firstly my other Luke's don't have it, so I tend to forget it's there, and secondly I haven't found a use for it in my playing yet.
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    I find it great for getting over the top of the other guitar player when doing leads. Its easy to dial in the volume for a perfect result every time.

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    I have mine adjusted to compensate for the output drop when using center position, split coils, on my Majesty. This setting is probably half way between none and full boost. Even with the reduced setting it can be used to put my guitar over the top in volume creep situations or where I need to prolong the sustain with a volume peddle

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    Have it on my LIII. It works okay, and like others have said, will give you that little extra when needed, but I find a boost pedal more useful and don't care for the fact that I have to have a battery in the guitar even when I don't care to use the boost feature.

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    BECOS Micro Booster Onboard Preamp / retrofit a JP6 with piezo?

    Looks like an easy install on published diagram

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    I have it on my LIII, its great for soloing and gives a nice little lead boost.

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