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This page describes how to use the BigShot PB1 with a typical guitar setup. For more details, we invite you to download the full manual by clicking the icon at left.

Making Connections

Make sure you turn the signal levels down on your guitar and amp before making any connections. This will prevent plug-in and turn-on transients from damaging sensitive components such as speakers and tweeters. Powering the PB1 is done using a standard 9V Boss®-style power supply or a multi-pedal power brick. These are readily available at most music stores and is not included with your PB1. As soon as you plug in the power, the PB1 will spring to life.

Connect your guitar to the PB1 and the output to your amplifier using standard coaxial guitar cables. Check to make sure the PB1 is off (LED off). Set the Drag™ Control and the Boost gain to 12 o'clock. Turn up the volume on your guitar. Slowly turn up the volume on your amp to make sure signal is passing. Always test at low volumes. If signal is passing, you are now ready to adjust the Drag™ Control.

Adjusting the Drag™ Control

The Drag™ Control is used to adjust the load on a standard magnetic pickup as found on a typical Fender or Gibson guitar. It will have no effect on active pickups such as those made by companies like EMG or if it is placed after other non-true bypass pedals. The ideal position for the PB1 in pedal chain is right after the guitar.

Set the Drag control to 12 o'clock. Turning it clockwise will increase the load which will have the effect of brightening the tone. Turning it counter-clockwise will darken the tone. If you like, try comparing the tone of your guitar connected directly to your amp and then compare using the PB1 and the Drag at various settings. Find the one that suits your desired tone and playing style. This is recessed so that it may be adjusted using a screwdriver or guitar pick. The 'set & forget' arrangement prevents accidentally changing the settings before a gig.

Using the BigShot PB1 as a Buffer

As mentioned above, placing the PB1 right after the guitar enables you to set the Drag Control for optimal performance. After the Drag, the signal is then buffered by the PB1's class-A electronics, at once lowering the impedance and reducing susceptibility to noise. This makes the PB1 particularly useful when driving high impedance circuits and multiple pedals which can end up being noisy. Once connected, the PB1 will easily drive 15 meters (50') cables without a problem.

The BigShot PB1 Power Booster

Depressing the PB1 footswitch engages the power booster. This can deliver up to +15dB of gain – more than enough to overload most amplifier input stages! Merely set the power boost GAIN using a screwdriver or guitar pick. This control is once again recessed to prevent it being accidentally nudged during a show. You will notice that when you activate the booster, the mid range will also be enhanced. This is done to add sustain and increase the guitar cut for soloing.

Recording with the BigShot PB1

The PB1 is well suited as a front-end for recording dry tracks and later Reamping. Simply plug into the hi-Z input of your recording systems and set the Drag Control as needed. This will sound much more natural and warm than going straight into the desk as the impedance will be properly matched to your system. Once the dry track is recorded, you can then use your favorite plug-ins or send the recorded track out to your amp using the Radial ProRMP, X-Amp and Reamp JCR.