Xotic EP-Booster Pedal Nevada City CA

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.

Empire Music
(530) 265-9685
306 1/2 Broad St
Nevada City, CA

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Hidden Valley Guitar Works
(530) 478-1370
19034 Scotts Flat Rd
Nevada City, CA
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Print Music

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Soundcheck Music
(530) 272-7236
760 S Auburn St
Grass Valley, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Foggy Mountain Music
(530) 273-6676
104 W Main St
Grass Valley, CA
 
Davitt & Hanser
(510) 293-0388
1859 Sabre St
Hayward, CA

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Music Depot
(530) 272-8287
11971 Blazing Star Rd
Nevada City, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Wolf Note Studio
(530) 272-7318
11093 Lone Lobo Trl
Nevada City, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Foggy Mtn Music
(530) 273-6676
104 W Main St
Grass Valley, CA

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Immanuel Music
(714) 530-5200
8939 Garden Grove Blvd
Garden Grove, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Print Music

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La Jolla Music
(858) 459-3375
7442 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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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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