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

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

mooseherman 05/21/2010

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

« A really fantastic Pedal »
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I am totally in love with my Strat, and I'm struggling because I don't always feel like bringing a Les Paul to my gigs (it's temperamental). I really think that this pedal is my saving grace. Basically, the main draw of this feature, besides functioning as a standard gain boost, is that it has settings that will allow your single coil pickups to function more as a humbucker. This is amazing. It's an analog effect, it isn't rackable and it has true bypass. There are no computer or midi functions, just a standard 1/4" input and output.

UTILIZATION

This is a really easy function. There is a switch with three settings. The top setting changes the sound of your pickups (which are presumably single-coil) to a tone that resembles more of a vintage-style humbucker (think the classic p-90). The bottom setting does a similar thing but makes it sound more like a newer, super-high gain humbucker. The middle setting allows the pedal to function simply as a gain boost. The knob controls the amount of gain boost added on all settings.

SOUND QUALITY

I use this primarily with Strats and Teles (ones that have the traditional single-coils in them). I like the sound best with Fender amps too. The pedal basically functions as a pre-amp, and does color the signal a lot, but that's the idea behind it. It does it in a good way all around. The thing is no joke, it really does allow your pickups to work like humbuckers, and the fact that it distinguishes between the vintage and newer styles is awesome. The gain boost on all settings is also phenomenal, it adds more volume and a serious raw power to the sound that absolutely kills.

OVERALL OPINION

I really liked the fact that this pedal can improve the functionality of my Strat and Tele. The price is also amazing for how useful the pedal is. I can only recommend this people who sometimes need more raw power from their single-coils. It's certainly easier than buying another guitar.