The Naga Viper is a booster that lives in the grand old tradition of the Dallas Rangemaster Treble-Booster. The original Rangemaster has been used by many influential British guitarists including Tony Iommi, Brian May, Marc Bolan, and KK Downing and Glen Tipton of Judas Priest. These guitarists, while completely unique in their styles, share the Rangemaster as the secret of boosting their cranked British tube amps into a juicy, harmonic-laden rock tone that always cuts through the mix and is ultimately proto-metal.
Catalinbread Naga Viper Modern Treble Booster Pedal Features
- Based on the Dallas Rangemaster
- Range knob for continuous control over EQ
- Head knob to control boost gain
- True Bypass Switching
- Works best after wah pedals and before fuzz and overdrives. Especially before overdrives
- Battery operation or 9v-18v DC (not included)
The Naga Viper is homage to this famous circuit. Beyond its basic tuning, the Naga enhances the classic circuit with the addition of two extra controls - Range and Heat. The original Rangemaster had just one control - Boost which everybody dimed anyway but essentially controlled the output volume. The RANGE knob is a continuous control which allows you to go from classic treble-boost to a full-range boost and anywhere in-between - as the original could only function as a set frequency treble-booster. The HEAT knob gives you control over the gain level saturation, unlike the original which was fixed at maximum gain.
While the best thing to do is experiment your own signal chain, you'll find that it usually works the best after wah pedals and before fuzz and overdrives. ESPECIALLY before your overdrives! Also, don't place any buffered pedals before the Naga Viper as they will negatively impact the sound. Ideally, the Naga Viper should see your guitar pickups directly for the best response.