Xotic EP-Booster Pedal Albany OR

Though butt simple, the EP-Booster could easily become an essential element on your pedalboard. Even when using moderate boost with the Gain knob less than halfway up, the EP made everything sound fatter, juicier, and well, more vibey. Cranking the EP-Booster’s Gain knob to maximum pushed all of our clean amps into thick distortion that could be easily controlled via the guitars’ volume knobs.

Magnolias Audio & Music
(541) 917-0808
115 2Nd Ave Sw
Albany, OR

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Albany Music & Sound
(541) 967-8293
805 Burkhart St Se
Albany, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Mels Music
(541) 753-6267
1119 Nw Maple Ave
Corvallis, OR
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Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Stainthorps Pianos & Musical Goods
(541) 258-7009
Po Box 2508
Lebanon, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment, Print Music

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Case Music & Repair
(503) 931-7026
5224 Edgecrest Ct Se
Salem, OR
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Albany Music & Sound
(541) 967-8293
805 Burkhart Street Southeast
Albany, OR
 
Fingerboard Ext
(541) 752-5679
120 Nw 2Nd St
Corvallis, OR
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Kalapuya Music & Trading Co
(541) 451-3957
33063 Berlin Rd
Lebanon, OR

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Gracewinds Music
(541) 754-6098
137 Sw 3Rd St
Corvallis, OR
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Brockman Music Co
(541) 466-5203
25879 Center School Rd
Halsey, OR

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Xotic EP-Booster Pedal

gp0410_gear8461Based on the preamp stage of an EP-3 Echoplex— which has been used by Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson and others as a guitar-signal booster/ conditioner—the EP-Booster ($145 retail/street price N/A) is a super-compact unit (3.5" x 1.5" x 1.5") that features a discreet FET preamp with a low-output impedance that makes it well suited for driving long lengths of cable (as well as other effects) without loss of highs or signal. The unit has a quality feel and it looks cool too with its clear plastic Gain knob, blue LED on a black face plate, and buffed zinc housing. A 2.1mm adapter jack is installed for those who don’t want the trouble of removing the bottom pate to change a battery. Bass Boost and Bright switches also reside inside, and Xotic recommends using the “off” positions on both for an authentic EP-3 response.

Though butt simple, the EP-Booster could easily become an essential element on your pedalboard. Even when using moderate boost with the Gain knob less than halfway up, the EP made everything sound fatter, juicier, and well, more vibey. Cranking the EP-Booster’s Gain knob to maximum pushed all of our clean amps into thick distortion that could be easily controlled via the guitars’ volume knobs. In this mode, the boost sounded perfectly balanced with no tendencies to get shrieky or splattery—even when the EP’s Bright switch was on (which actually is a flat setting). The Bass Boost switch is also useful for making single-coil guitars sound a littler thicker and tougher. No quibbles; the EPBooster is an highly useful sonic tool and it earns an Editors’ Pick Award.

—Art Thompson

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KUDOS Makes everything sound fatter and cooler. Minimal footprint lets it fit just about anywhere.
CONCERNS None.
CONTACT xoticeffects.com

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