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NPD: mcpherson Red Boost (mk:ii?)

 
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Bacchus
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:06 pm    Post subject: NPD: mcpherson Red Boost (mk:ii?) Reply with quote

I stopped using dirt pedals when I got the Matamp because they aren't really needed, but:

My brother sent me a few pedals for my birthday, one of which was this mcpherson Red Boost. Looking at their website, I think this is the mk ii, but their website makes no mention anywhere of the knob on the top of the enclosure.

When I first got it, I assumed it was just a normal treble booster type thing, similar to the Saltbooster, and that the knob on the top (unlabelled) would be a tone control.

It isn't. The two knobs seem to work together, the one on the front is like a clean boost and the one on the top is a gain or dirt control, but it's not really a distortion pedal, and it isn't quite as straightforward as that. The little switch is to accommodate single coil and hum bucker guitars, but again, in practice it isn't as straightforward or simple as that. With it down, the tone is nice and thick, up, it's more singlecoily, (really useful when playing with my p-rails guitar, as I often switch between stratty, p-90 and hum bucker sounds), however in the middle position it sounds uncannily like a guitar with pickups out of phase. It's pretty cool and special.

I am thinking of contacting the maker to see if I can get more details about what the knobs are supposed to do but before I do I think I'll keep playing with it and guessing/working things out with my ears.

Quite tempted to do a demo because it's not a well known pedal and it's pretty special. It's the first time I've played a dirt pedal with the Matamp and decided it's worth keeping. Loving this.










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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neat job they did wiring up the bypass. Mine never looks that clean.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given that a wire comes off the board to the end of the pot on the front that's not earthed, and a wire comes from the wiper of the pot to the switch where the output is selected from, the pot on the front is your output level control. I would guess the other is a gain control.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! That's roughly the impression I got when playing with it earlier.

NickS can tell what a circuit does just by smelling it.
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