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Live Wire 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 convenien...Read More

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Plug a single guitar into two amps, or plug two guitars into a single amp.

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)

For answers to your everyday challenges in music, your solution is simple: Live Wire Solutions.

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Live WireABY1 Guitar Footswitch
 
4.0

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Compact (13)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Responsive (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

does what it says

1 guitar into 2 amps switched or combined or 2 guitars into 1 amp switched or combined tried all and use it for all works as it should no bleed when switching

1 guitar into 2 amps switched or combined or 2 guitars into 1 amp switched or combined tried all and use it for all works as it should no bleed when switching

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Spend the Extra $ for Quality

Any product that fails after a few months is junk
I owned this pedal for a bout 4 months and used it in my riga regularly. There was a slight bleed of...Read complete review

Any product that fails after a few months is junk
I owned this pedal for a bout 4 months and used it in my riga regularly. There was a slight bleed of sound, but it was not enough when playing at club volume for me to notice. Iwas happy with it while it worked. One day, one side just quit. This pedal is made in China...I suspect mass production and cheap parts are the reason it failed.

I have learned this lessen before about quality over price, no more will I buy the cheapest item. This time I'm going with Lehle....
It was good for a while but ultimately failed
Well even if it was a good "value" becuase of the price, because it failed, the value is low

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1.0

100% failure rate.

By 

from s e kansas

About Me Professional Musician

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        Comments about Live Wire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

        Bought two of these to switch between my prs and a strat.1for home rig 1 for gigs. Both of them failed in the same manner within days of each other. No output. Verified beyond any doubt. As always, mf has taken care of me. I'm now trying the fender aby. Just got them. Only thing for sure, they are tiny little things. Very cool how they handle switching. We'll see.

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        5.0

        easy to use

        By 

        from Bradenton, Fl

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Live Wire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

          As a professional cruise ship musician, I'm used to perfoming in one venue then moving to another spot in short order. I carry 2 guitars and this makes the transition from one to the other instantly. I run each guitar into the ABY1, the Aby1 into a vocal harmonizer, into a second harmonizer, into a guitar processor pedal and then directly into the sound board. I don't use any amp. I carry a Gibson 335 and a Telecaster. Never a problem. Also, I called Musicians Friend to talk to customer service and the tech informed me that the pedal I was about to purchase was for 1 input and 2 output. They suggested this pedal instead. GREAT JOB, THANKS.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Works for awhile

          By 

          from IA

          About Me Professional Musician

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                Comments about Live Wire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

                This box worked well for me for about 8 months doing as it said, but now it causes a significant signal decay. I can't use it anymore with my rig.

                I did have it out on a professional tour but it isn't reliable enough anymore. Probably best for basement playing, but professionals who need quality and their equipment to work every time, look else where and don't be cheap. I'm regretting my purchase.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Everything I hoped for

                By 

                from Illinois

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Live Wire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

                  I wanted an AB switch that would allow me to choose between sending my guitar through one set of effects pedals, or sending it through a "Sonicport/iPad" set of effects. The guitar goes into the input of the AB switch, then A goes to my effects pedals and into the front of the amp, and B goes to the Sonicport and then to the return side of the effects loop of the same amp. I can switch between my conventional pedals and the Sonicport with just one switch (A or B). While I am running through the Sonicport, I can select and deselect pedals on the other channel, and while I am running through the pedals, I can likewise scroll through the effects on my iPad and select a new sound. This way, I am always connected and playing, even while rearranging pedals or the effect selection on the Sonicport. The switch is transparent with no hiss, additional sound, or loss of signal. Does't even need a power source (9v) to work (that only powers the LED indicators). Also has the option of A&B, which I'm not using, but does work (I've tried it). Can of course do all sorts of other switching combos. I may try using two separate amps, rather than the front and effects return of the same amp. The switch is reversible, too. For instance, you could run two guitars into the A and B jacks (can either be used as inputs or outputs), and use the center jack as the output to go to an amp, so you can switch instruments without changing cords. I've seen other AB switches at higher prices, but this switch gets the job done with no apparent drawbacks for a lot less cash. I would highly recommend if you have a need for this type of switch. Don't how it would hold up after many uses, but for now it's working great.

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                  4.0

                  Just what I needed

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                  from Alpine, UT

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy to use
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Live Wire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

                    Works great and mounts easily to pedal board. Good price also compared to other similar pedals.

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                    2.0

                    Worked well while it lasted

                    By 

                    from West Michigan

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality

                    Cons

                    • Breaks Easily

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Live Wire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

                      I bought this pedal to split a single guitar input between two different amplifiers. The pedal worked well at first, had good sound quality and functioned as intended. However, after only a few months of light use, one of the switches went bad, and the sound would just cut out at times when both amps were on. I think I'll buy a Morley pedal next time. :/

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                      5.0

                      ABy 1 Guitar Footswitch

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                      from Paris, Texas

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                            Comments about Live Wire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

                            works great. Just what I was looking for.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Does the job.

                            By 

                            from Spring City, PA

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                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • 2 Instruments To 1 Amp

                              Comments about Live Wire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

                              Love the simple design and the fact that you don't necessarily have to use a 9v battery for it to work. It does exactly what I'd hoped it would do.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Does what I need it for.

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                              from USA

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                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Live Wire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

                                Having fun with it; such as a Fender Mustang amp for clean and then kick in a Vox VT80+ on top of it for an interesting lead boost using both at the same time. Maybe next week set both of them to emulate Marshalls for a small wall of sound.

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                                5.0

                                Works as advertised. A very good value!

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                                from Carlisle, PA

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                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Excellent Sound Quality
                                • Quiet
                                • Solid Build Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Performances

                                  Comments about Live Wire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

                                  Bought this as a Christmas gift to myself.

                                  I am very pleased with it. It works exactly as it should with no hiccups or problems. The build quality is excellent.

                                  The sound is very transparent and I there is (to my ears) no tonal coloration. I play one guitar into two amps and both amps sound exactly as if there was no switching box in the circuit. There is no bleed when switching from one amp to the other.

                                  Players who have commented negatively on this product must have gotten a defective unit, because mine works perfectly.

                                  An incredible value!!

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