Xotic EP-Booster Pedal Searcy AR
Van Buren, AR
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Little Rock, AR
Guitars & Fretted Instruments
Acoustic Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Little Rock, AR
Acoustic Piano, Print Music
Siloam Springs, AR
Acoustic Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
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Instrument Repair Information
Basic guitar repairs (action set-up, string replacement, fret dress). Access to luthier repairs for more serious issues.
Basic band instrument repairs (minor adjustments, pad reseating, corks). Access to full-service shop for speedy major repairs.
Monday through Friday: Noon to 5:30
Saturday: 10:00 to 2:00
Xotic EP-Booster Pedal
Based 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.
KUDOS Makes everything sound fatter and cooler. Minimal footprint lets it fit just about anywhere.