Xotic EP-Booster Pedal Chesapeake VA

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.

Top Hat Music
(757) 485-3934
Po Box 6626
Chesapeake, VA

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(757) 420-3585
821 Sunnyside Dr Ste I
Virginia Beach, VA
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Digital Piano, Organs, Sound Reinforcement

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Boykins Music Shop
(757) 495-0988
5342 Fairfield Shopping Ctr
Virginia Beach, VA
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(757) 495-7339
4722 Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA
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Piano Avenue
(757) 424-4424
832 Forest Glade Dr
Chesapeake, VA
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Craft Work Sound Inc
(757) 436-2577
2220 Paramont Ave
Chesapeake, VA
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Sound Reinforcement

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Ofb Guitars
(757) 436-6116
5 Fairway Dr
Portsmouth, VA
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Dnd Music
(757) 484-6233
3304 Taylor Rd
Chesapeake, VA

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Guitar Center
(757) 557-0210
5483 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA
 
Bellamy Violins, Llc
(757) 502-8169
228 N Lynnhaven Rd Ste 120
Virginia Beach, VA
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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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