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What do the tones of renowned guitarist such as Page, EVH and Johnson have in common? They all used the legendary echo machine EP-3 as a pre-amp.
Xotic Effects have captured that magic in a new bo... Read More

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What do the tones of renowned guitarist such as Page, EVH and Johnson have in common? They all used the legendary echo machine EP-3 as a pre-amp.
Xotic Effects have captured that magic in a new boost pedal, the EP Booster. Xotic Effects uses the highest quality parts available with a discrete FET design and low impedance output, the EP Booster provides up to +20dB of unadulterated boost with multi-dimensional, shimmering highs and lows, and no ear fatigue. The internal DIP switches let you choose the boost frequencies, and EQ settings. Housed in a small 3.5"x 1.5" x 1.5" case with blue LED and transparent knob, the EP Booster can be powered by 9-volt up to 18-volts.

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  • Provides up to +20dB of boost
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  • 3.5"x 1.5" x 1.5"
    Powered by 9-volt up to 18-volts
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XoticEP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Responsive (4)

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5.0

Expensive, but worth every penny.

By Guito Gambini

from Salt Lake City

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Xotic EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I recently purchased a Mesa Minirectifier head to sit on a 4x12 Vintage 30 cab. I was surprisingly dissapointed with the sound it produced. Having a selection of high gain heads (Marshall, EVH, Peavey), I figured I'd roll the gain until I got a sweet sustain and singing lead tone. Well, by the time I got there, I also had a ton of fizz. Seems that once you roll the gain past 7 or so, you get a ton of mosquito fizz with your gain. That's why I began looking at the boost pedals.

    I tried one of the other boost pedals and, by the time I got any gain out of it, I had nothing but feedback on the gain channel. Reluctantly, I gave this pedal a try. Wow! If my amp is on, so is this pedal. The clean tones are so much more warm an bright. Words won't do it justice. As for the gain channel, I keep the EP Boost on about 10:00 (3-4). I have rolled my Minirectifier gain back to about 6.5. At this level, I'm getting the heavy distortion and punch I'm after and I'm not yet getting any annoying mosquito fizz. At this level, I'm not getting the sustain and singing tone though. I click on the EP Boost and I'm set. It takes the fizzless, mean, punchy Mesa tone and gives it endless sustain and smoothness. Unlike an overdrive pedal, I can switch between clean and gain channels without having to turn it off. I recommend this pedal to anyone looking to capture, boost and enhance their amp's exiting gain AND clean channrls.

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    5.0

    Fantastic effect pedal even at minimum gain!

    By Erik

    from undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Price

    Best Uses

    • Always Being On
    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Xotic EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

    As soon as I plugged this in at guitar center I was blown away. Even at the lowest setting I can hear it improving my tone. I am currently running it right after my Xotic BB Pre-amp and it just gives me the best overdrive that I've ever had the chance to play with!

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    5.0

    A great pedal

    By megasuss

    from Chicago, IL

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Xotic EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal has tons of clean boost. I use it live for solos. It's much easier to use than a volume pedal and takes up a lot less space on the pedal board.

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      4.0

      Best I've used

      By yeah

      from Boston

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

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          Comments about Xotic EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I don't write reviews, but I thought this pedal deserved it. You know what it does and you know what its used for, so I'll just stick with the important facts. 1) Its quiet. I run it after my distortion pedals was a solo boost and its quiet enough so that I barely notice if its on. (granted to properly judge a pedal's noise you have to know enough to turn the volume knob on your guitar all the way off and then listen for noise, so that you hear only the noise the pedal is making and not the noise of your pickups. Strangely, some people don't know this) 2) The tone is just right. It is IMO more transparent than what people say. The coloration is very subtle. It won't change your vibe. To me most transparent clean boosts sound brittle, but this boost sounds warm and doesn't have a stiff hand feel like most boosts, all while being faithful to your tone.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Big things come in small packages!

          By Daniel

          from Cambridge, ON, Canada

          Comments about Xotic EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I am so pleased with this pedal. I consider myself a bit of a tone chaser and this one pedal alone has been a great upgrade for me. I was originally looking for a second boost pedal as I found my first pedal (Keeley Katana) sounded so great turned on that I never wanted to turn it off, and now I needed something for solos. When I started looking around this EP booster jumped ahead in reviews and when I tried it the EP booster was so good! I find for me that the boost is actually more clear than my Katana, and it adds some depth and warmth to my overall sound. I've actually opted to have the EP booster turned on all the time in my setup, to drive my other pedals more and take advantage of the increase in tone quality. The bonus, it's so small it's super easy to find a space to squeeze it in on your board! Highly recommend this one!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just the boost and only the boost

          By Chuck Wallace

          from Pasadena Texas

          Comments about Xotic EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I purchased this pedal for a gig for a little club where we have an open mic night. As you all know not everyone can "hear" the relative volume. Some guys cant understand how to listen to monitors. This pedal will solve your problems in two ways. 1st way get your am set where you like everything, set your amp up and what you think you need for volume, run the pedal through your amps effects loop, listen and set the pedal to about 9-10 o'clock, play hit the pedal and adjust as needed. When you play lead your lead will cut through and you can just smoke it. 2nd way, just use to "turn up" when you need to project. I highly reccomend this through the effects loop. If you use this booster with a lot of gain this is a must. If you are going clean, use it from your instrument into the front end (input) it will sound very nice. I used this pedal a few minutes before leaving for the gig and when my solo came up I was loud and proud, it offers a lot of boost. You can adjust the tone of you open it. I liked mine the way it came. I hope this helps you, I play Metal and Hard Rock, very fast leads with EMG's usually the neck, this thing is the best boost I have found I can play without killing everyone. I got a lot of compliments on my sound, and questions about this pedal. I expect to see two or three next visit. Enjoy CJWII

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth It!

          By WARREN ADKINS

          from Knoxville, Tennessee

          Comments about Xotic EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

          My Blackstar HT Boost gave out and this has stepped in to fill the void very, very, well. It gives TONS of head room and does a fantastic job of articulating notes through my Blackstar amp (which is a somewhat dark sounding amp). It is and will be until it dies, always on in my signal chain.

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          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          4.5...only downfall is the price

          By Casey Lockwood

          from UT

          Comments about Xotic EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This pedal is great. It is built like a tank, the footprint is super small, and it just sounds good. Obviously its a booster pedal, and it does that job perfectly. You can get loads of boost (+20dB) for breaking into solos, driving your amp, whatever you want, this thing pushes pretty hard. You don't lose any clarity while boosted either. Other boost pedals tend to suck and blanket the tone, this one seems to enhance it. The pedal is built to model the preamp section of an old echoplex. It is meant to texture your sound when its on. I've never used an echoplex, but I can say that this pedal does sweeten up the sound quite a bit. Clean tube amps become more shimmering and jangly. Driven tube amps become fuller, and more interesting. In the effects loop the pedal really sounds great, and adds a warm texture to your sound. You can get a lot of variation with where you put it in the signal chain. Before drive pedals and after will give a different kind of sound. I noticed on solid state amps with distortion, the pedal kind of smoothed out the top end and took away from the attack. Could have been my rig, but it still sounded ok. Another thing this pedal is great for is recording direct to your PC. I use an interface, and run this pedal between my guitar and the interface, and the tone going in is much more natural, and gives the recordings a much better sound. Its kinda like a preamp I guess. Finally, I feel like I need to state that the effect this pedal has is subtle. If you've got a decent ear, and been playing for awhile, you will be able to tell, and will probably find it favorable. I think alot of people buy this pedal, thinking it is some miracle pedal that will make them sound like Eric Johnson or something, but its not. Its kinda one of those things you turn on and go "oh ok, yeah, that does sound better" and then when you turn it off its like "woah, what happened!?!". So yes, the price is a tad high for a simple boost pedal, but this isn't just any boost pedal. It's meant to change your sound and it does sound great doing it. Recommended!

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          (0 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AWSOME!

          By alex gurneal

          from victorville ca

          Comments about Xotic EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Size dos not mater when you plug this bad boy in this pedal is Sick if you dont have one you need one the sound is like iv never herd befor this is a must have if you have a solid state amp it will sound like a tube amp with this in line and if you have a tube amp then thats evan beter.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amp Will Go To 11 Now!

          By Daniel Dockery _ _

          from Fort Collins, CO

          Comments about Xotic EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

          If you find yourself wanting to reach around and turn the amp up just a bit during the show, get one of these. I have tried many boosters of the years so I don't have to mess with my guitar volume for solos. I even got pretty good at using my guitar volume, but this EP booster is the one. Brent Mason uses one. Enough said. If you have good tone this just makes it a little or a lot louder. You just set the knob then click the switch on and off when you need it. You will find you leave it on a lot though.

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