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Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal

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The BOSS AB-2 is a 2-way selector pedal that makes changing inputs or outputs easy. One stomp is all it takes to instantly switch between 2 guitars o...Click To Read More About This Product

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The BOSS AB-2 is a 2-way selector pedal that makes changing inputs or outputs easy. One stomp is all it takes to instantly switch between 2 guitars or effects setups, change amplifiers or switch between an amp and tuner. Rock-solid BOSS construction ensures the AB-2 will stand the test of time.


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BossAB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Excellent sound quality (5)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simple and works great

Yeah, its a shame that it only runs on batteries, but it's still a great little pedal. I'm a touring musician, and I've used mine for about 200 shows. After 3.5 years...Read complete review

Yeah, its a shame that it only runs on batteries, but it's still a great little pedal. I'm a touring musician, and I've used mine for about 200 shows. After 3.5 years it has just now developed a short in the output. It is small enough to fit in any pedal board configuration and durable enough to last for years. I've already sent in a replacement order.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Real Letdown

I bougtht this pedal to run a Taylor T5 between a Carvin acoustic amp and Traynor 50 watt tube amp. It seemed to work ok at first, but changing batteries if you forget to...Read complete review

I bougtht this pedal to run a Taylor T5 between a Carvin acoustic amp and Traynor 50 watt tube amp. It seemed to work ok at first, but changing batteries if you forget to disconnect the input is a pain. Far worse, it now seems to generate a horrible buzz or whine that is simply unacceptable. I always thought Boss was bulletproof, but this thing didn't cut it.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple and works great

By EJStrats1

from Europe

Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

Yeah, its a shame that it only runs on batteries, but it's still a great little pedal. I'm a touring musician, and I've used mine for about 200 shows. After 3.5 years it has just now developed a short in the output. It is small enough to fit in any pedal board configuration and durable enough to last for years. I've already sent in a replacement order.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works for me

By 1954bassman

from Hickory, NC

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Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

I use mine to switch between two basses, normally fretted to fretless. It works great for this. batteries are a bummer, and hard to change, nothing else on stage uses AAAs. Still a great unit, though a little pricey for me. I bought mine used.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It works, but with caveat for the buyer

By Hapax

from Athens, Georgia

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

  • No Ac Adapter Input

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

I bought this unit to be able to switch quickly between electric and acoustic guitars, so it performs this function well. Unfortunately , it runs on 2- 1.5 volt AA cells, so you must have an extra set of batteries available as well as a Phillips screwdriver to change them. It would be better if it could be powered by 9V A.C adapter. I don't detect much noise/hum generated by it. but I've mostly used it in low-gain settings.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazzzing!!!

By Pro*Rocker

from Cincy,Ohio

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Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

I have owned this sweet puppy for a little over a year and it is still kickin just as good as day one! I have used it on stage about 90 times and also in the studio. I use it to switch between my pedals, just one stomp and I can go from clean to heavy...perfect!!!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

A Real Letdown

By Jim-lILZs

from East Haddam, CT

Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

I bougtht this pedal to run a Taylor T5 between a Carvin acoustic amp and Traynor 50 watt tube amp. It seemed to work ok at first, but changing batteries if you forget to disconnect the input is a pain. Far worse, it now seems to generate a horrible buzz or whine that is simply unacceptable. I always thought Boss was bulletproof, but this thing didn't cut it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good switcher

By Rockerduck

from Marietta, Georgia

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Batteries Without Onoff

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

This switcher works like a charm. Not noisy and silent switching. The con is the battery will die if you leave it hooked up on your board. It must be unplugged after performing.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simple. I like it like that!

By Truck

from Ann Arbor Michigan

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

    Perfect for me.

    I perform with a Warwick Thumb and an NS Design EUB. All of my volume and tone control compensation is accomplished via a Fishman pre on the EUB. I did not want bells and whistles. I wanted silent switching between the instruments. I like simple. This is it. No wall wart. No extra power cord. One well made little box with a good switch on top. The little led's are fine although it is pretty ease for me to tell which instrument is live without them. I can pivot the Warwick on my back and dive into the EUB mid song and not miss a heart beat. I have finaly become accustomed to batteries. The instrument, the Fishman, the switch. I just stay on top of changing them all about once a month and no more power cords pulled out the strips from kicking wires on stage. This one works for me.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good switching pedal

    By terrygh

    from Kansas

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Multi-purpose
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Great On Off Switch
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

    I have used this pedal to swtich between amps and instruments and, it functions beautifully. Although I mainly use it for starting and stopping my drum machine, it works perfectly for this function in a live performance. I'm not too concerned about it being battery powered because I really don't like the wall wart transformers anyway. I own an LR Baggs para acoustic DI that is battery powered only and, I wouldn't have it any other way. Very well made and functions just for what I need, no noise, not very expensive, Highly recommended.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Device

    By Richard Carnell

    from Vermont

    Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

    Just what I needed to switch between two guitars without unplugging.
    Works great - love the LED indicators.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    No more pops

    By Rick

    from Elkton, Maryland

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    Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

    I switch back and forth between my Godin A6 and Godiin A12 I play in our church worship band. This pedal lets me have access to all of my effects and one amp with both guitars without having to turn off my amp to switch guitars/patch cords.

    The switch button on the the pedal is large and easy to access. It makes no noise, not even a click that I can notice, and the different colored L.E.D.s tell me at a glance which instrument is active.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works great

    By Just a guitar player

    from Memphis, TN.

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    Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

    Works better than I expected. Used in a gospel group to change from 6 to 12 string. Would gladly recommend.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Solid pedal for decent price

    By Marc the Musician

    from Tucson, AZ

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Solid construction

    Cons

    • Lack of external power supply

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

    I purchased this as an A/B switch for switching between two guitars in a live situation. It works very well for this application. The packaging was decent, and the pedal seems to be of solid construction. The only thing I would knock it for is the lack of an external power supply jack. This can only be used with a battery. Having said that, it works well, and for the price, I can't complain.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome AB Box!

    By Smooth_Thunder

    from Branson, MO

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

      I use 2 bass guitars, and this AB box is the perfect switching device for my needs! My order was delivered in less than 2 days, and was ready to use right out of the box!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It's an A/B switch

      By MadJackF

      from Central Florida

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Needs Batteries

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

      It's a simple A/B switch. I use it to switch between guitars. It does it's job fine. No noise added nor any tones filtered out.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Switch!!!

      By Dragoneyes-e8R9g

      from Muskegon, Michigan

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      Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

      When I play I like to switch between my Les Paul and mt Strat. With this little baby I don't have to unplug one and plug in the other. Saves alot of headache when on stage. The only downside is that it doesn't have the same shape as the other Boss pedals .

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good, but missing the BOSS touch

      By Cdawzrd

      from Charlottesville, VA

      Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

      I bought this pedal looking for a cheap A/B that I could use to switch from 2 amps. For those who can't afford the $100 Whirlwind, this BOSS pedal does a good job. It has no noise (that I can detect), and seems robust. However, there are some strange things about this pedal that make it different from other BOSS pedals: It is the first I've seen to run on 2xAAA batteries, not 9V. Additionally, it has no place for a power supply--it must run on batteries. This is very annoying given that the batteries are only supposed to last 100 hours and I was used to just leaving my pedals plugged in all the time. I don't understand why it's built this way, but I'll have to live with it--the price can't be beat.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      boss ab pedal

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

      works like it is supposed to, I was using it to swap between pre-amps and while on the second preamnp I could still hear the first in the tone....very slight though.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Excellent little fellow!!

      By JWgit

      from Texas

      Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

      Well, I got it used through a music store and am not regreting it a mintue. I'm using my Epiphone Semi-Acc to switch from Amp to DI-Box to play it accousticly. It work great. I dont mind the shape at all, the only thing is that you have to run it on bateries. But it is not a big deal. This is a great little fellow, robust and faithful.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      slight bleedover

      By gibson 101

      from Prince George VA

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      Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

      I recieved mine through mail order a couple of days ago. My only complaint is it has to run off batteries only, which I can live with. There is some slight bleed over, but you really have to listen for it. This unit is really worth the money and it also seems very well constructed.

       
      1.0

      Works fine, but...

      By Phil V.

      from St. Joseph, MO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Compact Design

      Cons

      • AAA Batteries Only
      • No A/C Adapter
      • Power drains when plugged in

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss AB-2 2-Way Selector Pedal:

      I have toured all over the world and I leave this pedal at home because I can't trust that I will always have AAA Batteries and I don't like the fact that can't power it with my pedalboard power supply. It would be great in a studio or no-pressure gig situation where down-time isn't a big deal. To change the batteries, you have to use a Phillips screwdriver and unscrew all 4 bottom screws to access the compartment. Great product with a terrible design flaw. Even if it had an easy-access battery compartment, it would be usable. As it is... it sits on a shelf waiting to be sold.

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