Xotic EP-Booster Pedal Humble TX

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.

Kingwood Music School
(281) 360-9888
3427 W Lake Houston Pkwy
Kingwood, TX
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Print Music

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Texas Music Emporium
(281) 233-0100
132 Fm 1960 Rd E Ste D
Houston, TX

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Guitar Center
(281) 537-9100
16745 N. Freeway
Houston, TX
 
Top Of The Line Basses & Etc
(281) 587-2277
14810 Walters Rd
Houston, TX
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Saldivar Music Shop
(713) 302-7986
Po Box 920934
Houston, TX
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Humble Music Center
(281) 540-7444
138 1St St W
Humble, TX
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Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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H&H Music
(281) 580-8000
713 Fm 1960 Rd W
Houston, TX
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Parker Music
(281) 820-0011
9941 North Fwy
Houston, TX
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Halls Family Music Inc
(281) 367-0545
25210 Grogans Park Dr
The Woodlands, TX
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Marc J Reed Musical Instrmts
(713) 541-9576
833 E 25Th St
Houston, TX

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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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