Xotic EP-Booster Pedal Pittsfield MA

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.

Wood Brothers Music
(413) 447-7478
5 Cheshire Rd
Pittsfield, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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William D Voires Fine Guitars
(413) 528-3321
Pob 23
North Egremont, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Lennox And Fletcher Inc
(413) 445-5597
Allendale Shopping Ctr
Pittsfield, MA
 
Carriage House Music Inc
(617) 262-0051
321 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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National Music Inc
(781) 932-6300
394 Main St
Woburn, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion

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Sauve Guitars
(413) 663-3060
121 Union St
North Adams, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Hairpin Tune Music Studio
(413) 662-2990
8 Wall St
North Adams, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Bushell Piano Movers
(508) 877-2222
6 Burbank Cir
Framingham, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Tavian Music Center
(781) 497-1556
Po Box 75
Arlington, MA
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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Piano Mill Llc
(617) 928-1237
1130 Washington St
Hanover, MA
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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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