Bad Bob Booster Originally built by Robbie Wallace - RGW Electronics
In 2010 Analog Man started making this pedal ourselves. They have been available with hand stamped
graphics like our switch boxes until late 2013 when we came up with nice graphics like the original, but in heavy duty epoxy ink instead of a fragile sticker. In June of 2017, we made the logo full color, adding red like Robbie's original!
The Bad Bob pedal is 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...
Bad Bob Booster by Robbie Wallace
Here are some of the features:
- Cast aluminum enclosure with baked-on silver
- Metal Switchcraft 1/4" input and output
- High quality double sided PC Board.
- True bypass switching with special wiring
to minimize external noise.
- 2.1mm DC power jack for use with most
standard regulated 9VDC adaptors (Boss PSA-120 or Voodoo Labs PP2
- Low power consumption!
Under 1mA when off, under 3mA when on, no IC chips, so battery will
last a LONG time.
- Capable of running at up to 18VDC for a
cleaner, punchier tone with more headroom!!
- Awesome after fuzz pedals to add more focus and cut
- Awesome after tube screamer type pedals, brings some low end back.
- Metal Film resistors and coupling
capacitors for optimum tone.
- SIZE : 2 5/16" x 4 5/16", MXR size 1290 or 1590B enclosure.
New in late 2018 : Drive knob option
The optional DRIVE knob (on the right) is exactly the same as before when turned up all the way. You can turn it down to get a cleaner sound. Down all the way is a totally clean boost.
New in 2013 : 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.
Here is a comparison of the Bad Bob to my other favorite Clean Boost
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
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
) 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 give an amp nice cut and focus, and add a ton of crunch, depending on
how high you have the level set on the pedal. The Rangemaster pedals change your
tone, boosting the selected frequencies. If you are going for a classic rock tone, it could be awesome and I like to run my Beano Boost into a dirt pedal as my amps are usually set clean.
The Bad Bob is a dirty clean boost, it 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.
In 2018 we made a batch using polished bare metal cases instead of silver powder-coated paint. We are leaving the metal bare, it may develop patina but the finish won't chip or flake off. We tried clear-coating, but it chipped off too much. We can make it in a normal bare metal box with red hand-stamped graphics like the Mini Bad Bob above. And in late 2018 we got the silver cases back in again, with new option for LESS DRIVE knob!
DUAL BAD BOB
In 2018 we made a few DUAL BAD BOB pedals by request. You can crank the first one up to add distortion, and turn the second one down as a master volume. We can build these as below with red hand-stamped graphics. Put a note in the order comments area if you want the large/wide (Large Bicomp style, see yellow one below) box, or large narrow (like Bi-Chorus layout) or the small narrow (Mini Bicomp) one, and a color preference.
Small : Sunface Gold, Mini Chorus Blue, Juicer Orange, CompROSSor Grey, Yellow, or bare metal,
Large: White, Gold, Blue, Yellow, Orange, or bare metal.
Manual is available on my manuals