Xotic Effects BB Preamp
Xotic Effects BB Preamp

BB Preamp, Overdrive pedal from Xotic Effects.

yoTrakkz 02/23/2012

Xotic Effects BB Preamp : yoTrakkz's user review

« easy to get a good tone »

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The Xotic Effects BB Preamp is an analog overdrive pedal designed for use with electric guitar.  It has both a 1/4 inch input and output and is powered by either a nine volt battery or power supply.  It isn't rackable as it is a foot pedal.


The configuration of the Xotic Effects BB Preamp is extremely easy to follow as it simply has 4 knobs for controlling the sound of the effect.  The pedal has parameters for drive, tone, and level, each of which will change your sound pretty drastically if you move it the full distance that it can go either way.  Even if you don't have any experience with distortion pedals, this one is a good place to start as it is easy to use and is a classic.  I don't have the manual for this pedal, but one isn't needed as the pedal is easy enough to use without one.


The sound quality of the Xotic Effects BB Preamp is overall pretty awesome.  This pedal has made a name for itself for a reason because it has its own unique tone.  To me it has the perfect amount of crunch and drive as it isn't too heavy for my taste and is really great for rhythm guitar as well as lead.  The small amount of parameters makes it easy to dial in a good tone and even though there are only three parameters you can still get a good amount of differing sounds from this pedal.  Every guitar player should experience the Xotic Effects BB Preamp by at least trying it out!


I've been using the Xotic Effects BB Preamp every since I started playing guitar about eight years ago.  It is the quintessential overdrive pedal and definitely lives up to its name and hype.  It isn't all that expensive and is really a great deal considering how great this pedal sounds and how easy it is to use.  If you are playing any type of music and need a great overdrive pedal, the Xotic Effects BB Preamp is a great place to start looking for one and chances are you will stop at this.