Bad Bob Booster originally by Robbie Wallace

In 2010 Analog Man started to build these ourselves after taking them over from Robbie. See Buyanalogman.com for more info on our version, same inside but may look different outside.

The Bad Bob pedal is one of the best boost pedals available. It's a booster based on the famous and much copied mini-booster "JFET mu-amp" design of Jack Orman (check out his site to learn more). This design was also used as the basis for most other boutique boost pedals.

It is a class A booster that is capable of driving your favorite tube amp into tonal nirvana! With well over 20dB of gain, the Bad Bob fattens up even the cleanest high powered tube amp.

Do you use a lower wattage amp already on the verge of breaking up? The Bad Bob pushes it over the edge to obtain rich sustain.

Do you like a vintage or modern 30 Watt Class A tube amp cranked to the hilt? If so you will love the Bad Bob...

Here are some of the features:  

Here is a comparison of the Bad Bob to my other favorite Clean Boost pedals:

KLON : The KLON Centaur is not as clear as Bad Bob, it is more compressed, even at minimum gain. Also the KLON is not nearly as loud at it's clean boost setting. The tone difference is really noticeable with the guitar's volume and/or tone turned down a bit - it makes the KLON sound dull in comparison.

Z Vex Super Hard On : This pedal is much cleaner than the BB, if you need just a totally clean booster the SHO is probably better. The Bad Bob has nice grit/drive even at the same volume setting as OFF. But the sound is not very useful at a unity gain setting, so it's not a great buffer pedal like the SHO. At medium boost, the SHO is sharper and cleaner sounding, the Bad Bob is not as bright, has a thicker, richer tone. The SHO is just as loud when turned up all the way, and the two pedals sound more similar when cranked up loud as the amp is really running overloaded by that point. The Bad Bob has a bit less hiss when cranked, I was surprised by this but maybe due to some high end rolloff. The Bad Bob is sort of like a Rangemaster clone (our Beano Boost) but without the tone change and emphasis of certain frequencies.

Beano Boost (not really a clean boost) : The Beano Boost is a rangemaster clone. It will make an amp nice and bright and add a ton of crunch, depending on how high you have the knob set on the pedal. The Rangemaster pedals change your tone a lot, boosting the selected frequencies. If you are going for a Queen sound or classic British rock tone, it could be awesome.
The Bad Bob is a clean boost, and does not change your tone. It may cause your amp to overdrive more depending on how close the amp is to breakup, and how high you have the knob on the pedal.


Charlie Starr from Blackberry Smoke said this in an interview in guitar.com:

And for pedals, I've had this Analog Man Bad Bob Booster for a long time. I really love that. Just one knob and one button, and I think it's like a 30db boost. It's incredible. You press that button and it just goes ape-shit. I've always been a fan of, if you're gonna use an effect, in my opinion which is worth a nickel -- but I like a pedal to do something pretty drastically different than what the amp is doing. Otherwise I think it's kind of pointless. It's like, 'I like the way my amp sounds, I want this pedal to do something magical.' (laughs).
Here's a video of him showing and talking about it on youtube .

 

Mini Bad Bob

Some people really like the tiny pedals, especially when used with switching systems or on boards with very little room. So we can make the Bad bob in the tiny box, with power jack only as there is no room for a battery.


Manual

Manual is available on my manuals section .

Bad Bob vs Beano

Here is a little history of the real Bad Bob, seems Beano won in the end.


Ordering

For easy ordering, check out our new website buyanalogman.com . The new website uses a shopping cart for everything so it's very easy to buy multiple items or add in options. It allows using paypal in addition to several other payment methods including credit cards. It also keeps track of status, tracking numbers, etc and allow editing orders after they are placed so it's best to use our new website.

 

Here is a video of my Nashville friend Bill Hullett playing through a Bad Bob. youtube video

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