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Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch  

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The Live Wire ABY1 selector/combiner footswitch has dozens of uses on stage and in the studio. You can plug 2 guitars into a single amp for convenient, on-stage instrument changes, or plug a single gu... Read More

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Overview

The Live Wire ABY1 selector/combiner footswitch has dozens of uses on stage and in the studio. You can plug 2 guitars into a single amp for convenient, on-stage instrument changes, or plug a single guitar into 2 different amps to switch sounds quickly and easily. Plus, the Live Wire ABY1 accepts a 9V power adapter, eliminating the need for battery replacement.

In addition to cable products, Live Wire has taken its expertise in audio interconnection and applied it to tools for sound professionals. With equipment for studio and stage, Live Wire products have the same no-compromise design philosophy used for its cables, with high-quality parts and attention to detail that make them dependable for crucial applications.

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  • True bypass design ensures tonal purity
  • Operates with or without batteries (only affects LED indicators)
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LivewireABY1 Guitar Footswitch
 
3.2

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

25%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for channel switching

I purchased a Vox AC15C1 amp. Great amp by the way, but does not have on board channel switching. Prior to purchase I was looking for an ABY switch to accomplish the channel...Read complete review

I purchased a Vox AC15C1 amp. Great amp by the way, but does not have on board channel switching. Prior to purchase I was looking for an ABY switch to accomplish the channel switch. None that I saw online fit the bill for one reason or another. This Live Wire ABY was recommended to me by the salesperson and I'm glad he did. Solidly built pedal. Only needs 9 v (battery or adapter) to power the LED's. Bright blue LED's are very visible even in bright light. Capable of switching channels or using both channels together. Can also be used to connect 2 guitars to one amp as well. Quiet switching too. Am extremely happy I found this pedal.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tone killer....

I bought this ABY pedal to toggle between two amps. One is a tube amp and the other a solid state. While the build quality of this pedal is good, it degraded my...Read complete review

I bought this ABY pedal to toggle between two amps. One is a tube amp and the other a solid state. While the build quality of this pedal is good, it degraded my tone (on the tube amp). It seemed to remove the lows and highs from the signal path to the amp, leaving me with way to much mid-range. It also seemed to attenuate the signal to a noticeable level (less sustain/ring-out). It's almost as if the pedal was acting like a band-pass filter. It's possible that I got a bad pedal - but if that's not the case, I would not recommend this pedal to someone that is particular about their tone, and wants to preserve it. Sound wise I have to give this pedal a 2, and for build quality and functionality I give it a 5 ? hence my rating of a 3.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works Great

By SP

from Pensacola, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

    I've used the same LW ABY pedal for 3 years now. That's with gigging 2-5 nights a week, every week. Has a 1-year warranty, and usually the crew at GC will help you out if something goes wrong. Can't get that with Morley.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    DON'T BUY - READ THE REVIEWS!

    By Gear Addict

    from Wilmington, DE

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Gives u a reason to go to GC - To Return It

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

      Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

      I should have read the reviews before buying this, but it's the only one the store stocks and I was in immediate need. It worked for literally 30 minutes before it stopped grounding properly on the B channel. It's got a massive buzz in the B channel now when you are on the A channel, and my equipment is all brand new and highly shielded. Guitar Center should remove this product (and ideally, this terrible manufacturer) from their line of products entirely. Now I have an hour drive to go return this **** thing.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Do not buy. Pay the extra 20 or 30 and get something better

      By PRS and Fender Twins

      from South Carolina

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Compact Design

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

        Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

        Bought one - used two shows - the "B" selector LED stopped working. Took back to Guitar Center - they traded it out - that one lasted 2 months and the "B" selector LED and switch went out.

        I went back and bought the Morley. Maybe got two bad ones from Live Wire but I bought cheap….and you usually get what you buy.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Just an "A" switch and a door stop

        By T-Bone

        from Frisco, TX

        Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

        You know, it really helps when the A and B jacks both work. The A jack works fine, but the B jack gives me absolutely NOTHING. Spend the extra money and get the Morley or Whirlwind, they are much better.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Hums like crazy!

        By Daniel

        from Albuquerque, NM

        Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

        I bought the pedal so I could toggle between two guitars going to a single amp. The construction is solid and it does what it's supposed to do, but I could never get a clean sound out of it. When I first plugged in the guitars and turned on the amp, I got a horrible hum that was so bad it completely ruined the sound coming through the amp. I tried using different cables, using a battery instead of the 9V power supply, and nothing helped. The only thing that lifted the hum was when I touched the metal shielding of the instrument cables going into the box, but who wants to play guitar with one hand holding and instrument cable?

         
        2.0

        tone killer and the lights stopped working

        By logan kerman

        from ATX

        Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

        Good at first then went down, hill tone was being lost and the lights stopped working.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        i love it!

        By Josh Caffey

        from Tulsa, OK

        Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

        Some reviews say this pedal is noisy, some reviews say it's great. I figured I'd try my luck, spend the 50 bucks and I'm SO glad I did! I was pretty mad when I first plugged in and got a bunch of noise, but after an hour of trying different configurations I learned that it was actually a bad cable causing the noise. After swapping cables, all is well. No noise whatsoever, not even when switching channels. If you're having a noise issue, make SURE it's the pedal causing it and not something else! As for the "tone killer" comments, I can't really speak to those. I'm running both channels to the same amp and I love the sound I'm getting.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Product

        By Randy McKay

        from Port Byron, IL

        Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

        Received switch in excellent shape and fast. Solid product. Works as advertised. Very pleased.

         
        4.0

        Does The Job...

        By eric goble

        from Lake Oswego, Oregon

        Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

        I use this ABY box to switch between two full 6505+ stacks and it does the job just fine without any loss of tone as far as I can tell. Its not a full bypass so you get a little bit of bleed into the other amp but I'm playing two high gain stacks so who cares right?

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Tone killer....

        By Jay Linton

        from Pleasanton CA

        Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

        I bought this ABY pedal to toggle between two amps. One is a tube amp and the other a solid state. While the build quality of this pedal is good, it degraded my tone (on the tube amp). It seemed to remove the lows and highs from the signal path to the amp, leaving me with way to much mid-range. It also seemed to attenuate the signal to a noticeable level (less sustain/ring-out). It's almost as if the pedal was acting like a band-pass filter. It's possible that I got a bad pedal - but if that's not the case, I would not recommend this pedal to someone that is particular about their tone, and wants to preserve it. Sound wise I have to give this pedal a 2, and for build quality and functionality I give it a 5 ? hence my rating of a 3.

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