Today I’m going to talk about the Custom 77 King for a Day Booster. Custom 77 is a great company making some great products out of France and worth a serious look. We demo’d their Push Me Pull Me Overdrive a little while back and was quite impressed with this pedal. The King for a Day fell in the same category.
Here is a perfect example of taking something good, simple and tasty and making it better with practical controls. Basically, at it’s core, it’s a treble booster. When I think of treble boosters I think of that classic ‘stinky’ sounds from the Dallas Rangemaster and Beano Boosts, etc. Treble boosters are a booster that push the high end to overdrive the amp and boost your signal. The treble booster first emerged in the days of pre-overdrives, and have their own cool character and charm. Most treble boosters have a simple gain knob and possible tone capacitor selection switch of some sort.
The down side of treble boosters for me has always been the control of the tone. I tend to want to dial in or out the high end, etc. Often you get what you get, which can be cool in it’s own way, but it can also be frustrating. This is where the Custom 77 King for a Day Booster really shines. There are 3 controls – Level, Hi-Cut and Voice. These are all potentiometer controlled, so you can really set it just the way you want it! Additionally there are buffer and ground lift slide toggles at the back of the pedal. For the demo below, the buffer was set to the ‘on’ position.
For this demo I again enlisted the help of my good friend, Jimmy Rolle. He is playing his Gibson Gold Top Les Paul with P90 pickups into a Germino Lead 55 (plexi style amp) through a Marshall 4×12 cabinet. There is nothing between the guitar and amp besides the Custom 77 King for a Day Booster.
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The Custom 77 King for a Day Booster is available at Custom 77’s website and is listed at 88EUR – which translates roughly to $114 in USD. That is a great pedal for $114! Be sure to also check out Custom 77’s website for their other pedals, as well as they guitars. They’re making some great stuff. You can also learn more about them by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter.