Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Pedal (Discontinued)


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Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Pedal

NB: This model has been superseded by the BB Preamp V1.5

The Xotic Effects BB Preamp Overdrive Pedal is renowned for its open and transparent tone, as well as its powerful EQ and volume boost. The pedal is great as a stand alone unit and as a clean boost, making it a great choice for musicians looking for a pedal that can fill several roles in their rig.

A key selling point of this stompbox is its volume control and EQ. The pedal offers a 30dB volume boost, which is great if you’re looking for pedal to help push a tube amp into overdrive. The pedal also offers a 15dB boost for treble and bass frequencies, which makes it a very powerful tone sculpting tool.


  • Controls: Gain, Treble, Volume, Bass
  • Analog
  • True Bypass
  • 9-Volt Adapter/Battery
  • Andy Timmons, Greg Howe

At high settings, while not overly distorted, the BB gives a solid early rock/blues tone. The pedal was originally intended to mimic the tone of a Marshall Bluesbreaker, and it does a great job of mimicking the grit you’d expect from that model of amp.

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