Seymour Duncan  SFX-01 Pickup Booster
Seymour Duncan SFX-01 Pickup Booster

SFX-01 Pickup Booster, Guitar/Bass booster from Seymour Duncan in the SFX series.

moosers 11/01/2009

Seymour Duncan SFX-01 Pickup Booster : moosers's user review


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The Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster SFX-01 is a pedal designed for electric guitar and is an analog based pedal.  It has standard 1/4 inch connections and can be powered by a 9 volt power supply.  The pedal will work in tandem with your pick ups and has the power to transform the sound of a single coil to more of a humbucker and vise versa, which is definitely pretty cool.  This isn't a rackable piece of gear as it is a stomp box and does have true bypass.


Using the Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster SFX-01 isn't hard at all as it only took me a few minutes to understand everything going on with the pedal.  It only has a few different parameters to play with as it has a large knob for gain and a switch for resonance that will change your sound pretty drastically depending the way that you set it.  The manual for this is pretty helpful if you aren't exactly sure how this can help your pedal and the best ways for it to work in tandem with your electric guitar.


The sound quality of the Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster SFX-01 isn't anything crazy, but I like using it because it can instantly give me a fatter sound if I only have single coil pick ups on my guitar and want more of a humbucker sound.  You need to have this pedal at the beginning of your chain if you want the resonance to work, so always remember to have it there.  I use the pedal with a Fender Strat and a '76 Fender Twin Reverb and it comes in very handy when I don't have access or time to change to my Gibson SG.  A very good sounding pedal that is very convenient.


I've been using the Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster SFX-01 for about a year and it has become a main stay in my pedal chain.  It is unique and gives me something that no other pedals will really give as other pick up boosters and EQs just don't have the same effect that this does.  I was a bit skeptical a first because Seymour Duncan doesn't usually make pedals and definitely isn't exactly known for them, but this has turned out to be a good thing because they have used their expertise in making pick ups and transformed that into a great pedal.  This isn't too expensive of a pedal and is definitely worth looking into if you are interested in changing the sounds that your pick ups can provide for you.