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[blue/fish] Boost – Nanolog Edition


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Debuting at Summer NAMM, the [blue/fish] Dual Boost is a unique two-channel boost featuring two distinct circuits in one enclosure. Designed with blues guitar in mind, the [blue/fish] sounds great driving a clean or dirty amp channel, or providing its own grit. It also adds color and warmth to acoustic performances.

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The [blue/fish] Boost offers two unique boost channels – Loud and Louder – that can be used individually, or can be stacked together. Each features its own passive volume control, and there is an optional clipping section which follows the Louder channel. The Loud channel adds some warmth to your tone, while the Louder channel is a clean boost that is more apt to break up – in a good way.

Like other pedals in the [fish] Series, the [blue/fish] features a solid curly maple faceplate, cut and etched by our friends at Griffen Hollow Studio. Large aluminum knobs control the channel volumes, and top-mounted Lumberg audio and DC jacks are used. The [blue/fish] footprint measures 2.61″ x 4.78″ and is roughly 2″ tall. The [blue/fish] is true bypass, with each channel being controlled by an independent 3PDT footswitch.

The Nanolog [blue/fish], housed in a satin black enclosure, features the same germanium as the Standard Edition diodes but substitutes a Nanolog N3 for the MOSFET in the Dirt setting. These clipping options are controlled with a three-way mini toggle switch mounted between the volume knobs.

  • Germanium Diode Clipping (Switch Left) – this option compresses your signal, both lowering the volume and flattening the peaks. This setting sounds like your guitar signal is being “squished.”
  • Clipping Bypassed (Switch Upright) – this option bypasses the clipping section all together and allows the boost channels to ring out uninhibited.
  • Nanolog N3 Clipping (Switch Right) – Nanolog devices are a new addition to the guitar pedal world. According to their website, Nanolog devices are a new class of electronic component, and operate using “molecular electronics”. A single Nanolog Device can replace a pair of clipping diodes (silicon, germanium) and even pre-amp tubes to create dynamic, warm, and organic overdriven tones. These devices are 100% analog, and as such, they have a very low milliamp draw. The softer clipping of these devices eliminates much of the harsh, “tin-like” buzziness that traditional diodes create. Additionally, the devices provide a warmer low-mid range response, and overall increased dynamics. This option smooths out the rough edges in the dirt setting and is more appropriate for acoustic guitar and for traditional blues.

The [blue/fish] was developed for electric blues guitar, but we have found it to be equally at home on acoustic – particularly the Loud channel. It pairs well with other effects, particularly overdrive and light modulation.

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