Xotic EP-Booster Pedal Cookeville TN

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.

L&M Musical Center
(931) 528-8516
26 N Jefferson Ave
Cookeville, TN
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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C & G'S Mountain Music
(931) 935-5299
1071 Idlewild Dr
Sparta, TN
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Print Music

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Webb'S Guitar, Etc.
(931) 823-0239
199 Southwood Rd
Livingston, TN

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Allegro Music
(901) 365-8196
7844 Farmington Blvd
Germantown, TN
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Print Music

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Blues City Music
(901) 485-8250
930 Payne Rd
Rossville, TN
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Print Music

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Custom Fretted Instruments
(931) 657-2398
400 Fire Tower Rd
Sparta, TN

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Earl And Theresas Music Mart
(931) 837-7676
109 W Bockman Way
Sparta, TN
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Customs Fretted
(931) 657-2398
400 Fire Tower Rd
Sparta, TN
 
Sumner Country Music
(615) 452-9280
904 Ramsey Dr
Gallatin, TN
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Bill Jones Music
(865) 690-6465
10412 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN
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Acoustic Piano

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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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