Vertex’s Boost MKII is a slim, single-knob “boost plus”

Vertex has introduced the Boost MKII
(Image credit: Vertex Effects)

Los Angeles-based pedal company Vertex has unveiled the new Boost MKII, a single-knob design that functions as a “boost plus,” with a top-mounted 1/8" TRS jack that allows the unit to be used as a VOL/EXP controller, dual-buffer interface and FX loop buffer in addition to an ultra-linear clean boost pedal.

The original Vertex Boost hit shelves in 2014 and made fans out of session greats like Robben Ford and Michael Thompson. The MKII version is 1/3 smaller and offers two high-quality buffers in place of the original’s single buffer.

The Boost MKII boasts +16dB of ultra-transparent level over unity gain, and will “drive your amp into saturation or gives your solos a squeaky-clean level bump.”

For more information head to Vertex Effects (opens in new tab).

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.