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ONBOARD GUITAR BOOSTER

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THE ONBOARD GUITAR PICKUP BOOSTER

FAT & WARM CLEAN GUITAR PICKUP BOOST

FAST & EASY
INSTALLATION

9-18VDC HEADROOM

TINY. FITS ANY GUITAR.

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Up to +20dB clean FET boost. Push-Push. True by-pass. 18VDC headroom.

Have you ever felt the need to change your guitar pickups with hotter ones but don't want to lose the present one's character? Ever wanted to push your amp gain on-the-fly in a guitar solo with a simple gesture? BECOS Micro Booster Onboard Preamp for guitar or bass comes in handy. Literally.

FET AUDIO CIRCUIT

FET implementation derived from original vacuum tube audio amplifier circuits, calibrated for the best sounding clean boost.

PIN HEADER CONNECTOR

Allows fast and easy installation, with less soldering and clean wiring. All of the wires are already prepared and ready to connect.

UNITY GAIN TRIMMER

Set by default to unity gain, it regulates the lowest gain level, allowing booster to be used as FET buffer. It can also be set for attenuation.

AUDIOPHILE COMPONENTS

High quality polyester capacitors used in input and output stages assure the best possible sound & dynamics.

PUSH-PUSH SWITCH POT

Engage the booster on-the-fly with a quick and easy hand move. Push once for boosted pickup signal. Push again for true by-pass.

VARIABLE GAIN SETUP

Set and use only the right amount of gain needed for your playing style. The reversible knob can be used from either the front or back of the guitar. It has an adjustable sliding knob to fit the guitar's thickness.

FLIP/SLIDE GAIN KNOB

Reverse gain knob to operate it from guitar front. Slide it to adjust height.

SMALL & SMART

Tiny footprint fits any guitar's control cavity. Use it as booster or unity gain buffer.

FAST INSTALL

Comes pre-wired with all accessories included, for a fast and easy installation.

WELL DOCUMENTED

Installation manual, written tutorials, wiring diagrams and video demos are provided.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

Great customer support! We respond fast and with relevant details.

PACKAGE BOX

Best onboard guitar boosting tool to shape your guitar tone on-the-fly.

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TINY FOOTPRINT, BIG DIFFERENCE!

COMPACT. MULTIFUNCTIONAL. HIGHEST QUALITY BUILD.

Becos Micro Booster Onboard Preamp can be installed in any guitar or bass to boost signal from passive magnetic guitar pickups. It is powered by one or two 9V batteries, connected in series; powering using 18VDC means bigger audio headroom (it is also the recommended voltage power for bass pickup boost).

Based on a FET implementation derived from original vacuum tube audio amplifier circuits, it was carefully calibrated for best sounding clean boost.

It features a variable gain control which starts from Unity Gain and goes up to +20dB of pickup's signal amplification. On lowest gain setting it can be used as a FET buffer. A further trimming control allows for either attenuation or seting the lowest gain starting point.

It is engaged by a PUSH-PUSH switch-pot (switch up). When not engaged (switch down), pickup signal is true by-passed and goes straight to the output.

Potentiometer side of the switch-pot is not part of booster's circuit - it only replaces the potentiometer in your instrument (volumer or tone).

FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE

FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

We ship within two business days from Romania / European Union using an Economy International Parcel With Tracking shipping service. It usually takes 14 working days to reach destinations in USA and Europe.

2 YEARS LIMITED WARRANTY

2 YEARS LIMITED WARRANTY

Warranty covers functionality of the product under normal usage condition, excluding mechanical parts such enclosure, connectors, switches and potentiometers. Shipping product to us for inspection is paid by customer.

SOUND SAMPLES

Take time to watch our demonstration videos.

CLEAN FLAT GUITAR PICKUP BOOSTER

FET AMPLIFYING CIRCUIT INSPIRED FROM TUBE AMP DESIGN

BECOS Micro Booster is designed for transparent, clean, flat, guitar pickup boost. Playing style or following gear setup change may require booster gain setting adjustments. Everything may be influenced by previous component in signal chain. Picking dynamics, gain level set on the booster, amp response on each channel, may all have an influence on the final sound.

When pickup booster is engaged, a modestly gained clean channel of an amp gets louder, pushing towards break-up. Used with an amp set on a cranked channel, it instantly puts you in the spotlight, especially on lead solo parts. The higher the gain set on the amp, the more fat & saturated distortion you get, with increased sustain and plenty of warm harmonics. On high gain amp channels, booster's effect is less obvious in volume increase due to amp's natural compression, yet it is more obvious in creamy saturation overdrive. You will most likely feel that you can play faster and easier.

HOW TO INSTALL

Two soldering points and rewiring the replacement volume or tone pot. That's all that it takes.

EASY TO INSTALL

WIRING DIAGRAMS AVAILABLE ON SUPPORT SECTION

The booster comes latest in the guitar signal path - basically replacing your output connector. Its electronic circuit is attached to a Push-Push switch-pot which routes signal through booster or TRUE BY-PASS. Potentiometer side of the switch-pot is NOT part of booster's circuit. It will replace volume or tone potentiometer in your instrument.

Beside rewiring the potentiometer, there are only two solder points to make, input and ground. Existing output connector in the guitar is replaced with a Neutrik stereo connector. The booster is powered as long as (mono) instrument cable jack is plugged in. Very little current is drawn from the battery, which will last for months.

SHIPPING

WE SHIP WORLDWIDE WITH TRACKING NUMBER

How we ship?

 

Shipping worldwide from Romania/EU

We ship worldwide if your country is supported by carrier - Romanian Post - using International letter mail service with acknowledgement of receipt (A.R.) with Tracking Number, which is a small package economy service. If your country is not supported or has an extra shipping fee, we will let you know before shipping. Here is what you need to know about shipping:

  • We ship fast, from stock, no longer than within 2 business days from purchase date, unless otherwise notified by email.
  • We will ship the package to your Paypal recorded address. Be sure is the correct address, or make a note into the transaction comments, if you want the package delivered to a different address.
  • We record carrier and tracking information under Paypal transaction details and this information is also available in YOUR Paypal account.
  • While on Romanian territory, parcel can be tracked on Romanian Post.
  • In transit, parcel cannot always be tracked, although you could try this third party tracking system.
  • When parcel enters the destination country, it can be tracked again on the corresponding national Post's website - if such a service is available (i.e. www.usps.com for USA or www.royal-mail.com for Great Britain, etc.).
  • Based on shipping history, we estimate that delivery may take around 15 business days to reach destinations in USA and European countries, but many times it will take less.
  • For remote destinations such Australia, South America or Asian countries shipping takes longer. We cannot estimate, nor guarantee, but some parcels were confirmed delivered within less than four weeks.
  • Delays may be expected before, during and after major holidays like Christmas, Easter, national day offs, etc.
  • If you would like to pay for faster UPS or DHL services, please ask us for exact quote for your address, although it might not worth it.
  • We do not put any selling papers in the package nor declare value, but buyer is responsible for customs fees, if charged by each country's authority. EU destination countries will definitelly NOT charge custom fees because we ship from within European Union.

 

Shipping from USA to USA only

Depending on our Reverb stock availability we could ship from within USA for USA destinations only, using USPS Priority Mail 3 Business Days delivery, with tracking number. If you purchased from this page, it will be for us to decide if we ship it from USA or from EU and we will notify you with the appropriate tracking information after delivery.

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Features Summary

BECOS Micro Booster Onboard Preamp for Guitar and Bass
  • push-push switch-pot; 
  • true by-pass;
  • low noise audiophile analog FET circuit;
  • included potentiometer replaces volume or tone control, which remains passive as before;
  • variable gain for up to +20dB clean, warm, flat boost;
  • trimmer for adjusting unity gain; can be used as FET-audio buffer;
  • reversible & adjustable gain knob;
  • booster circuit with 2 solder points only: input & ground;
  • high input/low output impedance;
  • long battery life;
  • 2 Years Direct Manufacturer Warranty;
  • Made in Romania/EU;

Technical Specifications

BECOS Micro Booster Onboard Preamp for Guitar and Bass
  • MPN: uBSTxxxx
  • GTIN: 632181199961
  • Product Category: Electronics
  • Product Type: Guitar Audio Pre-AMP
  • Input impedance: >1MΩ
  • Output Impedance: ~10KΩ
  • Power Voltage: 9V-18VDC
  • Recommended Battery: Alkaline
  • Power Consumption: less than 1mAh in use; 0.1mAh without input signal
  • PCB Circuit & Components size without trimmer shaft: 32.5mm (length), 31.6mm (depth), 27.7mm (height);
  • Push-Push Switch Pot size
  • Product Weight: 30 gr.
  • Packed Weight: 135 gr.
  • RoHS Compliance
  • MSRP: 99 Euro / 110 USD

Installation Manual

BECOS Micro Booster Onboard Preamp for Guitar and Bass

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We will answer almost immediately.

BECOS Micro Booster Onboard Preamp for Guitar and BassExample of Typical Installations


Booster in Guitar Signal Path

Where Becos Micro Booster Onboard Preamp goes into guitar signal path


If you have a particular setup and you can't find an analogy within provided schematics, please let us know. We will try to help you.

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Shared Knowledge

BECOS Micro Booster Onboard Preamp for Guitar and Bass

More installation examples are available on our Facebook page and our Youtube channel. If you would like to share your installation tutorials or pictures and schematics, please contact us.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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YES. Installing it in a Gibson original or a Gibson-like guitar is the easiest installation because there is plenty of room in the electronic compartment. The Push-Push switch pot's shaft precise dimensions (9.8mm) allow for the easiest installation in place of bridge pickup controls (tone or volume), because they are placed on the edge side of the guitar, where the top wood is thinner. We did install it in place of neck pickup tone control though, where the body wood is a bit thicker (around 8 mm), and we still did it. Of course, every guitar is a bit different and the wood may be thicker or thinner from one instrument to another. Sometimes Gibson use "long shaft" pots for their controls, but they are in fact EXTRA long and the length is not always needed nor used, but they use long shafts because it is easier to install. For our case, with a minimal skillful hand and only if it is necessary, a bit of wood trimming with a small cutter around the hole on the inside electronics compartment, can provide up to 2 mm more. This is enough for an installation of our Push-Push pot even in the thicker part of the wood. In fact, our pots are exactly the same as those used by Gibson and other manufacturers for providing such feature, and it is the only one available in the market. So, if they installed it you can do it as well. If you have to trim the wood a bit and/or if you have shielding which add to the wood thickness, you will have to stick a small piece of isolation tape to avoid potentiometer's lugs to touch the shielding. We have a video installation of the Micro Booster in an original Gibson Standard Traditional guitar on our You Tube channel which you can check it up.

YES. Telecaster electronics compartment is very narrow and the bottom between the potentiometer and pickup switch may have to be routed in some Telecaster bodies, so that the 9V battery can be fit inside. Some trimming might be needed as well just near the tone or volume control to make room for booster's circuit. If needed, the booster volume knob can be taken out through the metal plate of the controls, simply by drilling a 6 mm diameter hole in the plate, at around 11-14 mm from the center of the existing control hole. The installation difficulty is medium for a skilled person which can handle sharp tools. We did it from the first time, so you can do it as well. We have a video installation of the Micro Booster in an original Gibson Standard Traditional guitar on our You Tube channel which you can check it up.

YES. There is plenty of room underneath the pickguard for the battery and booster's circuit. If needed, the booster volume knob can be taken out, simply by drilling a 6 mm diameter hole in the plastic pickguard, at around 11-14 mm from the center of the existing control hole. Some wood trimming may be needed in some bodies if booster is to be installed on the bridge/center tone pot. Please watch a Fender installation video on our You Tube channel.

BECOS Micro Booster Onboard Preamp for Guitar & Bass is designed and fabricated in Romania / European Union in our own micro lab. One by one, it is assembled, tested and packed by a guitar lover. Highest quality components are sourced from top suppliers. PCB's are produced at the highest standards possible. Batteries are high quality alkaline, for long lasting operation. We care about quality, reliability and customer satisfaction and we are proud to say that this product is Made in Europe/Romania.

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DISCLAIMER

Technical knowledge is required for installation of electric devices, electronic circuits and parts.

You, the buyer or user, are the only person in charge for solving electrical, mechanical or other technical problems that may arise during installation or usage of our products. We assume no responsibility for the way you use the purchased product and we will not be liable for any loss and destruction of any kind, including but not limited to loss of profit or other damages occurring in relation to implementation and usage of purchased product. You are, as a buyer and/or user, the sole person responsible for the risks involved by installation and usage of the purchased product and we are not liable if you're breaking an instrument, an amplifier, or other electric or electronic equipment, or properties, or if you hurt yourself or others in the process.

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