Seymour Duncan Releases Pickup Booster Pedal — Demo Video

Seymour Duncan has released the Pickup Booster pedal.

From the company:

The highly sought-after Pickup Booster is back with even more features to give guitar players the perfect boost when they need it.

Many guitarists want to be able to boost their signal without adding noise or altering their tone. With its class A, low-noise circuit design, the Pickup Booster can do just that and is exceptional at emphasizing a guitar's natural sound while adding some muscle and fatness.

It's extremely transparent, adds clarity and has several new improvements that build even further on the original's design. The Gain control can now be turned down to unity (0dB). We also added a discrete push-pull output stage that gives you increased drive capability. So even with the Gain knob down at 0dB and a long cable length, your signal chain will sound cleaner.

One of the most exciting features is the Resonance Switch which makes the pedal interact directly with your pickups, allowing those with single-coils to flip a switch for a vintage humbucker sound that's perfect for classic rock or blues. With another flip of the switch you can get a high-output humbucker tone for rip roaring solos or for blasting gain out of a tube amp.

You can use the Pickup Booster for a clean, buffered boost with more headroom or you can fatten up a humbucker for maximum saturation and sustain. Like the Dirty Deed, Vapor Trailand 805 Overdrive, each Pickup Booster is assembled in Santa Barbara, California and is True-Bypass.


Gain range: 0 to 25 dB

Pickup Resonance Switch: Makes a single coil sound like a vintage humbucker ("1") or high output humbucker ("2").
"1" - Resonance shifts down by 2-3kHz
"0" - Resonance is not affected
"2" - Resonance shifts down by 3-5kHz

Bypass: True bypass

Noise: -120 dBV (referred to input with gain set at 25dB)

Type of circuitry: Fully discrete, class A, push-pull output stage

Distortion: < 0.1%

Power: DC 9 V battery, or regulated 9-18V DC adapter

Current consumption: 4.27mA @ 9V (when LED is "on"), 2.80mA @ 9V (when LED is "off")

Input impedance: 500K (when effect is "on"), Open (when effect is "off")

Output impedance: 150 Ohms

Dimensions: 2.61" x 4.90" x 1.40" (W x L x H) (6.63cm x 12.45cm x 3.56cm)

Weight: 0.8 lb. without battery, 0.9 lb. with battery

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