The most popular guitar booster ever created. For years it has been leading in rankings of the most notable (and costly) guitar pedals. It is a total must-have for guitar pedal maniacs. This simple-yet-amazing construction is based on a single, carefully chosen germanium transistor. The pedal was heavily used by the likes of Tony Iommi, Eric Clapton, and Brian May – both on tour and in their studio recordings. The distinctive sound of Queen could not be possible without the Rangemaster*. Its main purpose is to make your guitar sound sharper and more expressive by cutting the lows, emphasizing the high frequencies, and adding some nice, subtle harmonics, which are characteristic of germanium transistors. The profile is different from any other booster effects on the market. When used correctly with a good guitar rig it really adds that special something. It becomes much easier to produce a good tone, since the sound is nicely compressed, and every single note rings true. This unit is recommended to those who want to recreate the unique classic rock sound. Pairing it with vintage germanium fuzz pedals is also a great idea – if you are going for a handsomely saturated sound.
The design was inspired by the 60s original, but I have added a little bit of modern touch (while keeping its aesthetic simplicity). Also, I’ve modified it by adding a feature which I find quite useful – with an extra switch we can now make the boosting more flat in profile, without cutting so much of the low range. I’ve used an AC128 transistor, which serves perfectly as an alternative to OC44 and sounds identically, but for die-hard enthusiasts, I can replace it with the original OC44 for an additional fee.
- Requires a stabilized 9V power supply with reversed polarity (2.1/5.5 plug with center positive polarity i.e. “minus on the outside”)
- Should not share a power supply with other units of the rig.
?The level of guitarist’s experience on a five-point scale. The higher the level, the more skill the pedal requires.
?The level of distortion on a five-point scale.