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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 convenien...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
True bypass design ensures tonal purity
Operates with or without batteries (only affects LED indicators)
Accepts 9V power adapter (not included)

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LivewireABY1 Guitar Footswitch
 
3.9

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (16)
  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

  • Not durable (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (8)

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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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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Spend the Extra $ for Quality

By Blueswave

from HI

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Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

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

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not good for multiple instruments.

By MikeBass85

from Chicago

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Pros

  • Batteries Not Needed
  • Compact Design

Cons

  • Levels Can Be An Issue

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

I didn't know much about impedance levels before purchasing this. Apparently when trying to hook up my bass and synth to my amp using this pedal, the difference in impedance between the two instruments is a problem when both A and B inputs are selected together. Seperately they were fine. But trying to allow both signals to flow, my bass signal was cut to almost nothing. I've used a DI to even them out, but when selecting only A or B the signals are way out of wack. Not what I was hoping for from this pedal. I would not recommend this for the use I had in mind. Maybe if both instruments have equal impedance it would work fine.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Does what it says it does

By Bones-Kd1Jk

from Harrisburg, PA

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Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

I possibly could have spent a lot more money and purchased what "might" be a better ABY, or I might have just been taken for a bigger fool. I did a lot of reading on different brands of ABY's. It seems they ALL have inherently some of the same problems. Do the high-dollar ones "dial out" some of the bugs more? Do they actually work better? I have seen ABY's in the 3 to 4 hundred dollar range. I have had to "dial in" or "tune" this ABY to my rig, and I am still fiddling with it, but it seems to be adjusting better and better. For example, I was getting a nasty squeal from the Kustom and I found if I move the ABY away from the amp/cab the squeal goes away and I can turn the amp up some more. I have also read better quality cables help. Now, I'm not going to go buy a couple $50 cables, but probably just about anything is better than the "free with guitar purchase" cheese cords I am using at the moment. They're all I have in a long length to move the ABY away from the rig to prevent the squeal. Get it? And there appears to be some bleed through from one channel to the next, but I'm not 100% certain on that, it could be my ears, I really need to get an ear right up against the speaker to know for sure. And then there's other cans of worms I haven't opened yet like tubes and speakers having incompatibility issues. So, what I'm getting at here is this ABY may or may not be "plug and play" for your set up, and you may have to tune your rig to make it work. I'm willing to take the time to do that because if I can get Fender clean and (generic) Marshall crunch tube tone out of the same rig, I will be on cloud 9. And when I stomp the "Y" switch and get BOTH sounds at once... it's fairly unreal. But it does what it says it does for sure at a decent price. I can't comment on reversing it to do 2 instruments into 1 amp, thats not why I bought it and probably never will use it in that fashion.
I wanted a passive ABY as I have a minimal rig with this set up and I didn't want to fool around with something I had to plug in to work. I am switching amps, not guitars with this rig. I am running a Fender Champ 600 (5 watts) and a Kustom 5H (also 5 watts) into a 4x12 cabinet I re-wired to do 2x12 independent each side. So I got this ABY to switch between the 2 amps. I like the fact I can put a battery in it to run the indicator lights, but I don't have to and the ABY won't be useless if the battery dies. And I would imagine the battery will last awhile as LED's are typically extremely low draw power misers.
Yuck... made in China. I truly was considering a DOD (some USA, some not) a Radial (Canada) and a Morley (USA) but either they weren't ABY's (DOD was an AB) or they were lacking features or were power dependent or just simply out of my price range. This ABY had the best blend of features and was in my price range. Out of the box there was paint missing from the finish. Not a big deal as this is made to be stepped on, but it's stuff like that why Chinese made gets a bad rap. Really, if what you see on the outside is hosed up, what kind of poor craftsmanship is lurking on the inside where you can't see? I've only had it for a day, so we'll see how long the internals hold up. I won't be surprised if it doesn't make it a year. Switching is fairly silent, no huge "POP"s like with some stuff I've stepped on, but I wouldn't say it's absolutely silent either. Pretty darn close though. Come to think of it, it may actually be silent and I may be thinking of the loud snap of the switch.
This is the cheapest ABY out there with the features of comparable units. So if the thing holds up I imagine it is a "very good value". Of course, if it dies anytime in under, say 2 or 3 years MINIMUM I would renig on that opinion. It does have a 2 year manufacturers warranty as well, so that adds to the value.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I must have got a dud.

By Racer

from Osceola Iowa

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Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

I should have spent more than $50 on an ABY switch.
The features would be nice if it had worked correctly.
First time I got to use it it bleed through on both channels and rely brought the out put down.
Mine is worthless to me as I bought quite awhile ago and when I finally got to use it, it didn't work.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does what I need it for.

By Allen3000

from USA

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Livewire 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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works as advertised. A very good value!

    By jazz.fred

    from Carlisle, PA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Livewire 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!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      does what it says

      By ACOUSTIC RESONANCE

      from SYRACUSE NY

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

      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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Satisfied

      By Humbled

      from Central, Pa.

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy set up
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Well constructed

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Practice

      Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

      Works as described. I run two guitars into it then out to my pedals and amp. It works wonderfully with no feedback or reduction in tone or volume. Clean/quiet switching as well. I use an AC adapter and thus far have not used a battery. Simple to connect and start using. It arrived in little or no time after ordering with Standard Delivery. Thanks Musician's Friend!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Works great

      By OBX351

      from Mid-Atlantic

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

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          Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

          This is a very easy to use pedal. It has true bypass. It can handle 1 guitar and 2 amps or 2 guitars and 1 amp. I use it to switch guitars in and out of the same amp and it works very well.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works exactly as it should

          By Gtrman

          from Central Illinois

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

            Works perfectly for what I wanted. As a guitarist for a working band, I need to switch quickly between electric and acoustic, depending on the the song the band leader calls out. With this unit, I can simply set down my electric, pick up my acoustic, and hit a switch. No clumsy unplugging and re-plugging of cords. Only con is there isn't an adapter jack (I hate using 9-volts...nothing worse than a battery dying in the middle of a set), but since the battery only operates the LED lights, it should last for a long time, and actually doesn't change anything soundwise if it does weaken. Worth every dollar for a working musician!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect

            By Chicago Studio

            from Chicagoland

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            Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

            The perfect ABY box with or without power. It's taken a beating, and doesn't have a scratch.
            It does what it's supposed to without coloring your tone.
            Built like a tank
            Best ABY out there, and cheap!

            (2 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            disappointed

            By James Crider

            from Indiana

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            Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

            dont buy it.
            Doesnt work well
            indicator lites weak and switching confusing
            little value at a big price

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Way Better Than Morley

            By Dave

            from Waukesha, WI

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            Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

            I bought one of these to replace my recently deceased Morley ABY. I use an ABY to send my pedalboard signal to 2 amps. With the Morley, I got all kinds of noise and interference when it did work. I was between the Live Wires ABY1, and the Radial BigShot, which was highly recommended by everyone I talked to. I bought this over the Radial, because it has lights which can be powered by Boss-type 9v AC (the Morley had to have a battery and be unplugged when not in use, very annoying in a pedalboard), and the footswitches were spaced further apart than the Radial. Admittedly, the lights aren't really NEEDED, but when you're use to them, they're great, and it's so much better to come into a song being able to look at the lights and see which amp(s) are receiving signal.All-in-all, great ABY with the everyting I need or want from an ABY.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            easy to use

            By dcmusicdc

            from Bradenton, Fl

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Livewire 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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Works for awhile

              By Rowdie

              from IA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Comments about Livewire 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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Everything I hoped for

              By Uncle John

              from Geneseo, IL

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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 Livewire 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.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Does the job.

                By RevRand

                from Fuquay-Varina, NC

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • 2 Instruments To 1 Amp

                  Comments about Livewire 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.

                  (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  DANGER : Amp killer

                  By Dave

                  from Cincinnati,Ohio

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                  Pros

                  • Nothing

                  Cons

                  • Breaks Easily
                  • Danger Can Blow Your Amp
                  • Not Responsive
                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Nothing

                  Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

                  DANGER: can blow up your amp! Just got the ABY1 Guitar Footswitch plugged in my two amps and keyboard. Immediate feed back and hum. When using the switch very loud popping sounds would happen when switch was engaged. With- in seconds of hooking the switch up one of my amps started to howl and screech and then just went dead. The ABY1 Guitar Footswitch is an amp killer, buyer beware….! Pure junk!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great procuct. This is my second one!

                  By Photo Man

                  from Northern Lower Michigan

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                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

                    Works like a charm. What more could you ask? This is my second one.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Works Flawlessly!

                    By Anonymous

                    from Undisclosed

                    Comments about Livewire ABY1 Guitar Footswitch:

                    This pedal works perfectly! There is no bleed through on the pedal, and it doesn't reduce the volume when you have both A and B on. The construction of this pedal is really really solid as well. If this is what you're looking for I highly recommend it!

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