Well this pedal certainly doesn’t win any awards for most memorable product name but it does look very cool. The J. Rockett Audio Designs Mark Sampson Hightop Boost/EQ is a collaboration between J. Rockett and one of the creators of Matchless Amps, Mark Sampson.
This is an actual “Top Boost” circuit reduced to transistors so flat for the EQ is with both bass and treble all the way left. The cut control contours your highs and the interactive combination of all 3 EQ controls allows you to dial in your mids. Ceramic/Alnico gives you the best option for your choice of speaker. Alnico speakers have a certain breakup characteristic so if you want to emulate that select Alnico. Same goes for the Ceramic speaker setting. Bring in the EF86 and dial it to your liking as well.
Hightop features include:
- 6 controls: Bass, Treble, Cut, Boost and EF86 intensity knobs, and EF86 selector switch
- Foot switchable for Ceramic or Alnico speakers
- Approximately 15db boost
- 9V DC operation with standard 9V input sleeve
- Approximately 5” x 3” in size
- True bypass switching