There are literally hundreds of overdrive
pedals on the market. Many are great
and have their own distinct qualities and
strengths. Some claim to be truly transparent.
That is, they overdrive the sound of the guitar
without changing the characteristics of your
guitar’s tone. Whether they do or don’t doesn’t
matter nearly as much as the sonic quality of
the end result.
Xotic Effects BB Preamp is an overdrive
pedal with a great sound and flexible options.
It can be used as a clean boost with the gain
all the way down. This effectively “preamps”
your guitar, adds volume and sparkle. With the
±15dB two-band active EQ, you can dial in just
the right sound.
If the gain is pushed up a bit, the overdrive
is clean and clear. At higher gain levels
the overdrive is tight, compressed and
has a Marshall overdrive-type quality. The
compressed high gain levels are great for solo
lead lines or crunchy chord tones.
I’ve had this pedal on my pedal board for a
few years now, and it won’t be leaving anytime
soon. I go back to it again and again in the
studio for guitar solo tracking. Pick one of
these up. You won’t be disappointed.
Jason Ahlbrandt is a guitar soloist and session musician.
He currently travels with Guy Penrod and has two solo
acoustic guitar albums. He lives in Nashville, Tenn., with
his wife, Martina, and daughter, Alianna.
• True Bypass
• Treble and Bass Knobs (±15dB
two-band active EQ)
• Can act as a 30dB+ clean boost
• I can’t think of any. This is a pretty
simple, functional pedal with great
RATING: 5 Stars