This week at The Noise Reel we take a look at BC549 Mini Booster from SolidGoldFX. When it comes to boost pedals, today's guitarists gravitate toward two distinctly different camps: the transparent clean boost and those players who enjoy the mild drive tones in their boost. Like a coffee connoisseur's preference of blend, this fondness for a certain type of boost can run deep. Where does the BC549 stand?
Volume control from a mild boost to full crunch makes the BC549 one of the latest dirty boosts available. Let's dive in!
Operation of the BC549 could not be more simple while providing multiple tone options. One on/off switch and one knob which simultaneously adjusts volume and increases gain. This is not a transparent clean boost but rather a dirty boost which imparts a mid flat EQ overdrive to the signal providing a slightly warm and gritty feel to single coils or a mild crunch when running higher output pickups.
Two things of note in my time with the SolidGoldFX BC549 Mini Booster are 1. when rolling back your guitar volume, the signal cleans up to a glass-like clean while retaining volume which lends itself well to being your main overdrive if necessary and 2. the stackablity of this boost into other drive or fuzz pedals is extremely musical creating "meatier" tones than a transparent clean boost ever could.
So what sets the BC549 apart from other boosts is the volume control paired with the type of grit added to the signal while allowing a true cleanup at the guitar volume. All this in a mini enclosure to save pedalboard space has created a new option for guitarists looking for a dirty boost.
Level Control: Allows you to boost or cut your volume level.
True Bypass Switch: Allows you to engage or bypass the effect.
DC Input: This pedal uses a negative ground, 9V DC power supply with a 2.1mm barrel plug and negative center. Battery operation is not possible.