Reviewed: NUX Lacerate FET Boost

Mixdown's Pedal Special 2018

 

Effect: Boost

Expect To Pay: $69

Distributor: Pro Music Australia

 

 

Recommended For:

Guitarists looking to get the most out of their amp’s natural tone.

 

Versatility:

Tonally, NUX’s Lacerate FET Boost really doesn’t muck about, offering a faithful signal boost to push your amp into spanky valve grit and crunchy tones for cutting through the mix. With two separate boost modes – the ever-reliable Clean and the slightly more gnarly Crank – you’ll be able to nail all your favourite guitarists’ boost tones. From Johnny Marr to John Mayer, the Lacerate FET Boost will do it all.

 

Usability:

As much as I adore deep-diving into complex stompboxes loaded with knobs and dip-switches, the simplicity of NUX’s Lacerate is incredibly refreshing. Stomping on the footswitch will activate the Lacerate’s first Clean boost, while holding your foot down for a second will activate the Crank function, with both modes being controlled by the ubiquitous level knob. Can’t beat that for simplicity.

 

Construction:

The Lacerate FET Boost sees NUX rolling on with their current focus on micro pedals, bearing a minimal, no frills design reminiscent of MXR’s famous Micro Amp boost. Although the plain white paintjob is a bit harsh on the eyes, the Lacerate is by all means a rugged unit, perfectly suited for heavy use onstage.

 

Overall:

Too often these days, pedals are loaded with unnecessary bells and whistles to appeal within a heavily competitive stompbox market. NUX have totally eschewed this ethos with the Lacerate FET Boost, providing players with a simple yet effective signal boost to highlight the sonic nuances of your beloved valve amplifier.

 

 

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