I’m not a pedal expert or connoisseur by any measure of the word, but I have the distinct impression that the market for boost pedals has exploded in the last few years. Hell, even Boss has released one!
I was immediately intrigued when I saw the specs for the TC Spark Booster. Active bass and treble controls, gain and level controls AND a toggle switch that selects clean, fat or mid. I saw lots of applications for it: boosting my Stratocaster into humbucker territory as well as fattening up my Gibson tones (like that were necessary, really).
It turns out that the pedal is every bit as good as I wanted it to be. The Spark Booster is extremely flexible. You could use it as a transparent, clean boost, either for a volume jolt on a clean sound, some extra bit of dirt on a distorted tone, or perhaps even to even out the output differences between humbuckers and single-coils. I found out that it can do a lot more than that. It can add that sparkle and liquidness to a lead tone, without being as drastic as an old-fashioned overdrive pedal. You could even use it to turn a regular two-channel amplifier into one with three or four channels. It dirties up the cleans and adds lots of overtones and balls to the distortion channel. True, it is noisy, but that is to be expected when you add 26 dB of gain, and besides, you already own a noise gate, don’t you?
This pedal is now officially on my wish list and will be added to my board shortly!