Xotic EP-Booster Pedal Saint Joseph MO

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.

Smiths Band Instrument
(816) 279-0075
3308 Saint Joseph Ave
Saint Joseph, MO
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Band & Orchestral

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Bass Treble Music Co Inc
(816) 232-7220
925 5Th Ave
Saint Joseph, MO

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Piano Gallery Inc
(314) 344-1133
12033 Dorsett Rd
Maryland Heights, MO
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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Explorers Percussion & Dru
(816) 361-1195
8050 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO
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Drums & Percussion

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Goez Instrument Repair
(314) 647-1211
3103 Sutton Blvd
Maplewood, MO
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Lanham Music
(816) 233-5142
2401 N Belt Hwy
Saint Joseph, MO
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Lanham Music Inc
(816) 233-5142
2401 N Belt Hwy
Saint Joseph, MO
 
Guitar Center
(314) 738-0500
11977 St. Charles Rock Rd.
Bridgeton, MO
 
Collins Keith Piano Co
(573) 471-4531
98 N Kingshighway St
Sikeston, MO
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Circle M Music
(660) 665-9090
218 N Franklin St
Kirksville, MO
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, 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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