Xotic EP-Booster Pedal Butler PA

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.

Mays Music Shoppe
(724) 283-5811
247 E Jefferson St
Butler, PA
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Fudoli Music Center
(724) 287-8080
142 S Main St
Butler, PA
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Guitarworks Music
(724) 898-3330
1099 Pittsburgh Rd
Valencia, PA
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Mcpharlin Guitar & Violin
(724) 452-4238
Po Box 373
Zelienople, PA
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Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Johnstonbaughs Music Ctr
(724) 444-5660
Po Box 150
Gibsonia, PA
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Shearers Music Center
(724) 282-0299
1640 N Main Street Ext
Butler, PA
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Noteworthy Music
(724) 443-0040
1410 Pittsburgh Rd
Valencia, PA
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Young Systems
(724) 637-2920
Po Box 205
West Sunbury, PA
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment

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Mcvay Music
(724) 776-1090
20550 Route 19
Cranberry Twp, PA
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Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Basement Music
(724) 224-9232
538 E 10Th Ave
Tarentum, PA
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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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