Xotic EP-Booster Pedal Brattleboro VT

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.

Maple Leaf Music Co
(802) 254-5559
23 Elliot St
Brattleboro, VT
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Folkcraft Music
(802) 368-7437
Po Box 88
Jacksonville, VT
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Cheshire Music
(603) 357-4277
20 Main St
Keene, NH
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Maple Leaf Music Company
(802) 254-5559
23 Elliot St.
Brattleboro,, VT
 
Hansen & Son Inc
(802) 985-8451
Po Box 571
Shelburne, VT

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Violin Shop,The
(802) 254-5525
58 Elliot St
Brattleboro, VT
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Blue Note Music
(802) 257-2019
791 Grafton Rd
Townshend, VT
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Retromusic
(603) 357-9732
38 Washington St
Keene, NH
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Sonic Circus Inc.
(802) 365-9190
1233 Vt Route 30
Townshend, VT
 
Vermont Musical Instrument
(802) 229-4416
617 E Hill Rd
Montpelier, VT
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Band & Orchestral

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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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