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Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch

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The Boss FS-5U nonlatching footswitch is designed to meet any need for a footswitch that engages the effect only for the time your foot is on it, lik...Click To Read More About This Product

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Rugged reliability and Boss looks.

The Boss FS-5U nonlatching footswitch is designed to meet any need for a footswitch that engages the effect only for the time your foot is on it, like sustain or spot delay. Boss builds the Fs-5U to be compact, lightweight, and tough.

FEATURES
  • Great looks
  • Small size
  • Tough construction
  • BOSS reliability

A footswitch option you're not using might as well not be there. Use your equipment the way it's designed, plug it in today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Dimensions: 3-3/8" x 1-11/16" x 3-1/2"
  • Weight: 8 oz.
  • Jack: 1/4" female
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BossFS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Momentary Pedal!

I grabbed the Boss FS-5U Footswitch for use with my Boss BR-900CD, and it rocks! The compact metal casing and rubber bottom is very sturdy! The switch itself is made of...Read complete review

I grabbed the Boss FS-5U Footswitch for use with my Boss BR-900CD, and it rocks! The compact metal casing and rubber bottom is very sturdy! The switch itself is made of plastic, but is still better than the Roland DP-2 that I was considering. I had also considered the Boss FS-6 dual pedal, but that model requires batteries or an AC adapter. The FS-5U requires neither, only needing a single 1/4" TS (mono) cable. The various foot switches that Boss makes can attach to the sides of one another, which is very convenient! However, this does create some sharp metal edges that can scratch other gear, so store it carefully. This is an excellent no latching footswitch, and I highly recommend it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Simple switch

Control drum machine

Control drum machine

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great footswitch

By JTM

from Northwest Florida

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Comes In On Down Beat
  • Polarity switch
  • Stays in Place
  • Well Built

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

    Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

    I use these footswitch with an alesis SR 16 drum machine. After trying 3 other footswitches, I finally found one that works great. It starts my drum machine as soon as I touch the switch--no delay. It stays in place and doesn't bounch around on the floor. Seems to be well made. Has a polarity switch to switch from latching to non-latching. Great footswitch.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Momentary Pedal!

    By Dulcimerist

    from Billings, MT

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    Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

    I grabbed the Boss FS-5U Footswitch for use with my Boss BR-900CD, and it rocks! The compact metal casing and rubber bottom is very sturdy! The switch itself is made of plastic, but is still better than the Roland DP-2 that I was considering. I had also considered the Boss FS-6 dual pedal, but that model requires batteries or an AC adapter. The FS-5U requires neither, only needing a single 1/4" TS (mono) cable. The various foot switches that Boss makes can attach to the sides of one another, which is very convenient! However, this does create some sharp metal edges that can scratch other gear, so store it carefully. This is an excellent no latching footswitch, and I highly recommend it!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

    This pedal, with it's polarity switch, allows connection to all kinds of gear, drum machines, amplifiers, whatever takes a quarter inch input. It's rugged and dependable. Cool.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A fine addition...

    By Ender-XOYiK

    from Corpus Christi, TX

    Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

    The FS-5u is a fine addition to the Boss DD-5, and is small enough to easily fit in small spaces on nearly any pedal board.

    (2 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Boss NS-5U Non-Latching Footswitch

    By Jimbo-NI1G5

    from In the thumb of a mitten (Michigan)

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    Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

    Good quality, reliable and necessary device.
    Solid aluminum housing. Well built. Polarity Switch. Non-latching Footswitch. It is what it is.
    Good quality, well built, sturdy aluminum footswitch. It does exactly what it is supposed to do.
    For a simple on/off type footswitch, I think the price is a little steep. I really could use a few more as I have applications in which these are a necessity, both non-latching and latching types. You could build your own using "Shack" parts quite cheaply, but you would probably "void" your warranty, especially if you are using them on Roland/Boss appliances. It is a lot easier, anyway, to just order them and wait a couple of days for them to show up at your door. It does "sadden" me a little every time that I order one, knowing that there are some "brands" of effects pedals that I could be buying for the same price or even less, but like I said these are a "necessity".

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This is amazing!

    By Joseph-TxH_M

    from Norco, Ca

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    Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

    I recommend this pedal for all electric guitar players that have a boss delay. It's amazing, it can't get any better than this.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best!

    By ObsessedGuitarPlayer

    from The waves of Montana

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    Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

    If you need a non-latching foot switch, just spend the extra few bucks for the Boss FS-5U. It's cheaper than taking someone to the movies next Friday night. I like the switchable polarity for various uses and it's comfy to use without shoes on. It's only sending a simple signal, so I used the crappy cable that came with my first guitar. It's wide and heavy enough to be stable on carpet and can hook right onto the Boss latching foot switch (FS-5L) that you will eventually need. It does have sharp edges , so be careful what it touches during transportation! Too bad it's made in China, but if only everything else in the music world could be made so well!

    (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good quality but..

    By Greggor

    from ORANGE CA

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    Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

    I just got this pedal and it works fine,although I did have to find a cable for it.You would think that they would include one with it.I also had to by the power supply for my BR600 (slso not included), and that has a ground hum.When I contacted Boss they said I may need a Power supply filter.I guess they expect us to make their product work .

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent pedal

    By JTM

    from Northwest Florida

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

      I use this Boss pedal with my Alesis SR-16 drum Machine. Works great as a start and stop pedal. I play 3 to 4 times a week and will press the pedal hundreds of time during 1 week. Pedals are vey durable and last for several years even with the frequent use I give then. Great product by Boss. Great service by Musician's Friends.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice switch

      By fc95

      from Virginia

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

        The footswitch was bought for use with an RC-2 pedal. The switch is small, and seems pretty sturdy. Works very well with the RC-2.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works great with ME-50

        By DeaconBlue

        from Clifton Park, NY

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        Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

        Very simple product, no bells and whistles.. The manual in the packaging really doesn't provide much guidance, but you know what you're getting and what you need it for. If you don't then you probably shouldn't be buying it...
        I purchased this in order to enable/disable the compressor on my Boss ME-50 unit and it works like a charm. I did need to buy a splitter as the footpedal input of the ME-50 is TRS (stereo) and can support two of these pedals to do two different things. Plugging a mono cord into the stereo input and this pedal enabled the wrong functionality, requiring the splitter.
        Seems to have the same durability as the rest of the unit, which is a good thing.
        I didn't have to buy a separate compressor, so that's a good thing! Although the cost of this comparable to a cheap compressor...

         
        5.0

        works as advertised, fast shipping very happy with product.

        By JP

        from N.Y.

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        Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

        works as advertised, fast shipping very happy with product

         
        3.0

        Simple switch

        By Ken

        from Fl

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

          Control drum machine

           
          5.0

          Boss footswitch

          By Jerry

          from Phoenix

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

            I use this footswitch with my Boss RC-3 loopstation to avoid the double tap of the RC-3 to stop recording. The Boss footswitch makes ending the phrase on time, that much easier. The RC-3 is a great practice tool for the guitarist and I only wish I had discovered it years ago.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good, except for one aspect

            By Jimbo Fang

            from USA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Jack for cord
            • Solidly built

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

                I've had two of these for years, and they've always worked. It's good that there is no built-in cable to wear out and fail (you just plug in your own cable).

                My only complaint is the size of the footswitch contact is only 3/4" x 1.5". If you think of the size of a shoe, that's rather small (like stepping on the short side of a 9V battery). On the other hand, pedals with surfaces of 3" or 4" square result in much more contact area. Your foot/shoe will be more confident and in control with a larger and more stable surface area. I wish they'd make these as such. Sometimes I feel my foot rocking a bit unsteady on the little plastic surface.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy is product again

                By Edison

                from Doral

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

                  Best product

                  (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  w/mxr 10 band eq

                  By 'Youngie'

                  from Rhode Island

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                  Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

                  Hey This Is Rob,From Rhode Island,
                  This basic review as i was asked to write a individual one per every thing(I'm a Blues Guitarist,not a typist) ... So this will be the dealio! not to be redundant, all that was purchased was used on my Acoustic Rig. So My Comments and pix will be ditto as per all,The Adi21 to the MXR 10 Band to my Boss Rc-1 Looper then to the Boss FS5U non latching foot switch for said looper

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Excellent quality

                  By Chocolate Bob

                  from Yuba City

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Responsive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

                    great quality and durability

                     
                    5.0

                    Used with Alesis SR-16

                    By Kurzxl

                    from Harrisonburg, VA

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Operate
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

                      I needed a responsive switch for my Alesis Drum Machine. The one I have would only work if you stepped on it just right. This one works great with the unit.

                       
                      5.0

                      Boss pedals/switching tools

                      By Uncle Bri

                      from Hamilton, New Jersey

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Boss FS-5U Nonlatching Footswitch:

                        I've used several foot switches for the Nord and Roland products I use live and in recording. The Boss FS-5U is well made, durable and clean.

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