Unique Pre-amp pedals for pedalboard rig

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  1. Wrecklyss

    Wrecklyss Custom Speaker Cabinet Builder

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    I have an EHX 44 magnum pedal sized power amplifier which gets loud enough to gig with into a 1x12 cab. I'm thinking of using it to put together a lightweight pedalboard based rig for gigs that require traveling or multi-band shows where setup and striking times need to be as speedy as possible. I currently own 3 really great amps and plan to keep them for longer shows closer to home and studio use.

    Currently going on this board:
    -EHX 44 Mag pedal sized 45 watt amplifier
    -Freidman BE-OD
    -Joyo AC Tone

    Currently interested in:
    -Bogner Ecstasy Red and Blue
    -KSR Ceres
    -Carvin X1 or Vai pedals
    -Seymour Duncan Twin Tube
    -Mesa Boogie V Twin
    -other flavors of Joyo (not the best out there, but bang for the buck is very good)

    I'm looking for more unique preamp pedals preferably with integrated EQ sections so that I can easily have drastically different tones. I see a tone of Plexi based preamp pedals, but I don't need a whole lot of those (the BE-OD covers that lane pretty well already). What else is out there worth considering? I'll probably be adding to this pedalboard for years to come, so anything too expensive to add in the near future can become a long term goal. I'm not really interested in multi-effects units, mainly just pedal preamps that respond to pick attack or rolling the volume knob as that's how I get a variety of tones from my real amps.

    Hit me!
     
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    this would be my first choice. havent played one but would love to try it. seems like it can do the sludgey stuff and then with a boost it gets pretty tight too.


    would also consider a helix stomp, lots of good amp sounds in there.
     
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    For high gain the Ceres, Megalith Delta, or Tight Metal Pro will be perfect. SNK VHD will give you old school death metal tones if that's something you're after.

    If you're looking for unique, I'd check out the ISP Theta. It's 3 channels or 2 if you use the preamp as a boost, built in decimator, and active EQ so a lot of versatility. The high gain tone is tight and dry, but it can cover low gain and crunch tones too.

    I don't love the high gain tone as much as my Tight Metal Pro, but the Theta is more than capable and has a ton of sounds available. A good Jack of all trades preamp to fill in the gaps your other preamps might miss.
     
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    All of these are multi-channel:

    - AMT SS-11A/B, SS-20, or SS-30 Bulava
    - Kartakou Beastbox
    - Koch Pedaltone
    - ENGL Tube Toner
    - Carvin VLD1
    - Victory V4

    The Mesa V-Twin doesn't run the tubes at high current so I wouldn't consider it. Doesn't get very good reviews either.
     
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    Might be interesting.
     
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    the kartakou beast box and the amt b-lead are crazy good!
    Id go as far as saying i like them even more than i like the tightmetals which if you know me says a lot!
     
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    Awesome suggestions! I've been watching reviews of quite a few pedals, and while I'm still figuring out when and what, I know for sure I'll be trying to add the Bogner Ecstasy Blue, KSR Ceres, Seymour Duncan Palladium, AMT SS-20.

    I'll probably also consider Bogner Ecstasy Red, Hughes and Kettner Tubeman mk2, Soldano GTO Supercharger, and other cool pedals that may not even exist yet.
     
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    I used a Revv G4 with a Fortin 33 in front for a long time. It was absolutely devastating.
     
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    The most quirky and original preamp pedal I've ever used was the Laney IRT Pulse.
     
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    Apparently this is a preamp pedal based on the SLO.
     
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    Between my Ceres and my Synergy setup I got my studio/recording setup covered.

    But I've been eyeballing this for gigs/jams/work: Nov19_LNU_JOYO_PreampHouse_WEB.jpg
     
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    Ive heard nothing but bad things about the bogner pedals, never tried em myself but yeah, take it for what its worth. I bought the palladium back when and hated it and returned it the same week. Sometimes i think i should have given it longer but initially was very underwhelmed.
     
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    Ceres gets my vote mainly because I just can't get over how great it sounds and how many different tones I can pull out of it. The clean sounds delightful and between the rhythm and lead channels I can have two different high gain tones that are different enough from one another to keep me pleased.

    I see the beastbox being recommended and while it is that razor sharp engl tone in a box I don't know about that being my main sound but it does a fantastic crunch with the gain dimed on the 1st gain channel. Hit that with a boost and you would be better suited than with the lead channel which is a little buzzy in my opinion. Food for thought
     
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