There is something to be said about the impact Electro-Harmonix has had on the effects pedals industry over the years. They are the brand to turn to if you want to get what numerous legendary guitar players used, and are still using on their pedalboards. Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 is a pretty special little booster pedal.
Not only is it one of the oldest still around, but it was actually what inspired some of the original overdrive pedals. The best thing about it today is the fact that it's cheap. Also, it comes with great features and gets you the performance which is why it's rightfully among the most influential fuzz pedals of our time.
Since we are talking about a vintage boost pedal, you know that features are going to reflect that. In other words, this thing is the epitome of simplicity. While it's one of those ‘Gain knob only' type boosters, the prevailing feature on this pedal is its true bypass. You can definitely count on having the boost effect that doesn't alter your signal chain in any way as when the pedal is not in use. This might seem rudimentary, but you would be surprised how many models are incapable of giving you such a simple thing.
As it is the case with a lot of vintage boosters, you only get to mess around with as single Gain knob. It dominates the top panel of the pedal, and it is your gateway into the awesome world of organic boost.
Just in case you get lost or need guidance, Electro-Harmonix was kind enough to include a full blown manual. A bit redundant, don't you think? Considering the price of this unit, the quality of components including the stomp switch, are admirable. Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 is among the cheapest boosters you can get, yet it is also one of the best.
The tone and performance are what really sets the LPB-1 into context. As that Gain knob starts working its way towards the furthest clockwise position, you will experience not only the added gain but also an increase in the definition of your tone. It's a linear booster, so the change in volume and tone will be pretty smooth.
In terms of transparency, this old circuit still meets the highest standards. There is a lot you can do with the LPB-1, it only takes some experimentation to figure out how to implement it into your signal chain for best results.
At the end of the day, Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 is that grandpa who's still capable of giving the youngsters a run for their money. It just so happens that it's also one of the most affordable boost pedals you can get at the moment.
Those who are just looking to get into boost pedals should consider this for their starting model. There's nothing better out there for this purpose, especially at this price. On the other hand, it's the type of pedal that will keep up with any professional. After all, it already has, numerous times by now.