The Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster is one of those pedals that really shook things up, introducing a lot of players for the first time to the idea of boosting their signal before it hits their amp, thereby making the preamp tubes work harder and creating all sorts of great sonic textures from vibrant cleans to screaming overdrives. It was discontinued a little while ago but now it’s back, with a new look at some subtle improvements. All the regular features are still there, including the Pickup Resonance Switch, which lets you select different resonant frequencies for different sonic results; the idea is that its two modes will make a single coil sound like a vintage or modern humbucker, but you can use it with humbuckers for cool sounds too. And there’s now a discrete push-pull output stage and the capability for 0dB unity gain, so you can use it simply as a buffer or for the tone-sculpting abilities of the Pickup Resonance Switch without changing your level of gain.
Here’s the press release.
Seymour Duncan Releases The Pickup Booster
The highly sought after Pickup Booster is back with even more features to give guitar players the perfect boost when they need it. Many guitarists want to be able to boost their signal without adding noise or altering their tone. With its class A, low-noise circuit design the Pickup Booster can do just that and is exceptional at emphasizing a guitar’s natural sound while adding some muscle and fatness. It’s extremely transparent, adds clarity and has several new improvements that build even further on the original’s design. The Gain control can now be turned down to unity (0dB). We also added a discrete push-pull output stage that gives you increased drive capability. So even with the Gain knob down at 0dB and a long cable length, your signal chain will sound cleaner.
One of the most exciting features is the Resonance Switch which makes the pedal interact directly with your pickups, allowing those with single-coils to flip a switch for a vintage humbucker sound that’s perfect for classic rock or blues. With another flip of the switch you can get a high-output humbucker tone for rip roaring solos or for blasting gain out of a tube amp. You can use the Pickup Booster for a clean, buffered boost with more headroom or you can fatten up a humbucker for maximum saturation and sustain. Like the Dirty Deed, Vapor Trail and 805 Overdrive, each Pickup Booster is assembled in Santa Barbara, California and is True-Bypass.
Gain range: 0 to 25 dB
Pickup Resonance Switch: Makes a single coil sound like a vintage humbucker (“1”) or high output humbucker (“2”).
“1” – Resonance shifts down by 2-3kHz
“0” – Resonance is not affected
“2” – Resonance shifts down by 3-5kHz
Bypass: True bypass
Noise: -120 dBV (referred to input with gain set at 25dB)
Type of circuitry: Fully discrete, class A, push-pull output stage
Distortion: < 0.1%
Power: DC 9 V battery, or regulated 9-18V DC adapter
Current consumption: 4.27mA @ 9V (when LED is “on”), 2.80mA @ 9V (when LED is “off”)
Input impedance: 500K (when effect is “on”), Open (when effect is “off”)
Output impedance: 150 Ohms
Dimensions: 2.61″ x 4.90″ x 1.40″ (W x L x H) (6.63cm x 12.45cm x 3.56cm)
Weight: 0.8 lb. without battery, 0.9 lb. with battery
For more information, visit: http://www.SeymourDuncan.com