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This rugged footswitch lets you choose between 2 inputs or 2 outputs. It can also mix 2 mono inputs or split an input to 2 outputs at once. LED indicators.


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MorleyABY Channel Switcher
 
3.3

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Home studio (3)
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    • Experienced (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An easy way to fix AC ground loop hum

I bought this to switch back and forth between a Fender Twin Amp and a Marshall JCM2000 TSL. No hum in either amp before I wired this product into my rig, but a terrible...Read complete review

I bought this to switch back and forth between a Fender Twin Amp and a Marshall JCM2000 TSL. No hum in either amp before I wired this product into my rig, but a terrible hum once installed and when a gain channel on either amp was on. It is caused by an AC ground loop from one amp through the guitar and into the other amp.

The problem can be easily fixed by running each amp off a different circuit. Plugging each amp into a different wall socket will not work if both are on the same circuit to the electrical box. In my case it was easy to do because I play in a basement, so I just wired in a new plug from a different light circuit down there, then plugged one amp into the new circuit and the other into the old. I tested it first using extension cords which is fine if you don't have a problem with an extra cord laying on the floor. NO HUM at all once I did this and the box works well.

The manufacturer suggests that you buy a HumX box to fix the problem -- no way I would do that.

There is a VERY slight bleed of signal to the amp not switched on but this is not annoying to me as the amp chosen by the box is >100X in volume.

These new models have a battery access panel, you do not have to take the box apart to put a battery in. All the battery does is energize the lights and I don't use one as it is easy to tell which amp is selected.

Hope this helps.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Well built but sucks tone...

I just got one of these for switching channels on my 68' Custom Deluxe and was excited by the possibilities. It wasn't noisy and didn't make the clicking noises I've heard of but its...Read complete review

I just got one of these for switching channels on my 68' Custom Deluxe and was excited by the possibilities. It wasn't noisy and didn't make the clicking noises I've heard of but its still getting returned today. I played through our set for a few hours and just didn't feel the normal mojo from my tone. I swapped repeatedly with the switch in and out of my signal path and this thing just sucks tone. Didn't matter weather I had effects on or off it just cut the highs and seemed to diminish the signal much like a poor cord/connection will. I'm going to spend some time reviewing things and will get something more transparent.

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(5 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

spend your money on a product that works

By tone matters

from Ohio the arm pit of the USA

Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

this pedal sucks... loud clicking noises the pedal is shorted out so the lights dont even work please i beg you to buy a whirlwind selector ab/y that is the best for your money if you dont have that much go to www.this1smyne.com 50 bucks and have a handmade PERFECT pedal and if you dont feel like waiting 3-4 weeks for a handmade pedal than go to www.loop-master.com and wait 2 weeks for a handmade pedal. please do not sacrifice tone because you dont have the money in your pocket this second. go to this 1s myne and support a local builder and trust me no other product will sound better. im only loooking out for fellow guitar players i thought 20 bucks off craigslist was a good deal and what could it matter... yeah it matters take my advice NOT WORTH IT! when building your rig do it right, cables, pedals, heads, birch cabs never sacrifice anything you will just have to replace it thank you

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An easy way to fix AC ground loop hum

By Cellarguitarguy

from Indianapolis, IN

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Pros

  • Good Spacing Of Switches
  • Solid Build

Cons

  • Caused An Ac Hum

Best Uses

  • One Guitar Into Two Amps

Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

I bought this to switch back and forth between a Fender Twin Amp and a Marshall JCM2000 TSL. No hum in either amp before I wired this product into my rig, but a terrible hum once installed and when a gain channel on either amp was on. It is caused by an AC ground loop from one amp through the guitar and into the other amp.

The problem can be easily fixed by running each amp off a different circuit. Plugging each amp into a different wall socket will not work if both are on the same circuit to the electrical box. In my case it was easy to do because I play in a basement, so I just wired in a new plug from a different light circuit down there, then plugged one amp into the new circuit and the other into the old. I tested it first using extension cords which is fine if you don't have a problem with an extra cord laying on the floor. NO HUM at all once I did this and the box works well.

The manufacturer suggests that you buy a HumX box to fix the problem -- no way I would do that.

There is a VERY slight bleed of signal to the amp not switched on but this is not annoying to me as the amp chosen by the box is >100X in volume.

These new models have a battery access panel, you do not have to take the box apart to put a battery in. All the battery does is energize the lights and I don't use one as it is easy to tell which amp is selected.

Hope this helps.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Well built but sucks tone...

By NiguelT

from vancouver, wa

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Pros

  • Compact Design

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

    I just got one of these for switching channels on my 68' Custom Deluxe and was excited by the possibilities. It wasn't noisy and didn't make the clicking noises I've heard of but its still getting returned today. I played through our set for a few hours and just didn't feel the normal mojo from my tone. I swapped repeatedly with the switch in and out of my signal path and this thing just sucks tone. Didn't matter weather I had effects on or off it just cut the highs and seemed to diminish the signal much like a poor cord/connection will. I'm going to spend some time reviewing things and will get something more transparent.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Works like it should - sorta.

    By Slejhamer

    from Ashburn, VA

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    Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

    It's a very simple device, couple switches and wires in a box. That's it. Totally passive and true-bypass. The batteries light up the LEDs and are not part of the signal chain at all. It does NOT create noise or hum by itself. But if you're connecting to two different amps, each with its own path to ground, you get (tada!) a ground loop. Ground loops can create hum. So, basically, as an amp switcher, this is not a great product. It needs to isolate the signals. An active box like the Boss unit would be better for that purpose. But that's not a quality issue with the Morley; it's just not a good design for the way many people would want to use it. But for running two different guitars to the same amp, it works great. That limits the product's usefulness for many people. I bought it because it meets my needs, but would probably get the Boss if I had to choose again.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Two guitars - One amp

    By jbluesman

    from omaha, NE

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    Pros

    • Guitar Switching

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

        Great product, switch guitars without unpluging.
        no noise while using and no noise when switching.
        You need a 9V battery, not to operate but for the light. The red indicator light lets you know which side, or guitar you are using.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My favorite AB Switch

        By Marco

        from Baltimore

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

          This is great, sturdy ,simple box. Its an old school, heavy duty type of switch..its not really intended for a plush carpet and headphones - pro tools- computer emulated amps environment (get a powered switching device like the EHX switchblade if the switch click gets on your nerves). This box is a throwback to Marshall stacks and Big Stages and Loud Rock concerts. I don't know why anyone would give this simple switch box a bad review - if you buy a broken pedal off craigslist for cheap don't come on here and review it - does that seem honest? Also, don't review it if you don't know what it is. Its made for switching between amps as if the two amps were channels - like going between your Marshall and your Fender amp..people used to do this before multi channel and modeling amps. I still do because I don't use multi channel or modeling amps. Or you can plug in your Les Paul and your Strat and alternate between them using different effects chains for each guitar, without having to use a different amp rig or mess with switching cables. . Even If you've figured out how to play two guitars at the same time you cant do that with this box. Buy the ABC box for 15 clams more if your an octopuss.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Basic Function Heavy Duty Switcher

          By Utility Player

          from Kansas City, MO

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          Pros

          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

            The ABY is a sturdy box for switching between a couple guitars to one amp, feeding one guitar to two amps, or even just as a mute switch. Huge footswitches feel positive and large LEDs let the user know with obvious clarity which instrument is on line, or where the signal is going if used in AND/OR mode. Only downsides - lack of external DC input (battery adapter) and it clicks a little when foot switches are pressed.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best A/B switch out there!

            By TaylorTommy

            from Fort Myers, FL

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            Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

            I use this switch to switch between a PA system and a Marshall half stack. I have a Taylor T5 Acoustic-Electric and this works perfect for it!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Morley Hum Cycler

            By Three Chord Monte-iZ8WG

            from North Jersey

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            Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

            ...for me, anyway. Some say it works fine (are you doing Johnny Thunders covers?) so I kept my rating at 2.5 as not to be a total downer. I ran a Blues Jr. on channel A and an overdriven Vox AC4TV Head w/Epi 12" cab on channel B. The idea was to have some clean/overdriven joy, sans pedals, in my basement jam area. What I got, in addition to the anticipated alternating/combined dual amp tones, was a Morley Buzzmaster. The unit did exactly what it said, including the "possible" noise loop advertised on the package. I'm not crazy, so if it works for you, more power to you. Me? I've got a Radial Bigshot on the way. In fairness, the Morley Noise Loop Creator did function, but it created the nasty buzz that I had feared. The fix, as advertised within the packaging and quickly found online, only costs a mere $105.00. What? No thanks. The Morley does light up with a 9v battery, so it's got that going for it over the Radial. Caveat emptor, and I?m the dope that tried to save thirty bucks, but MF and GC are good about their return policies so all?s well that end?s well.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Does exactly what it is expected.. and good!

            By Music knut

            from Durham, NC

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Simple

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

              Does exactly what I purchased it for. Simple design and easy to use.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for single amp or pedalboard

              By Craig

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Sturdy Construction
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

              Works great. I use it for channel switching on my Vox AC15C1. Very sturdy construction, works with or without 9V battery/power supply. For applications involving two amplifiers, I would recommend a different product that has a ground lift option.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love it

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

              When I first got mine I couldn't make it work, so I ordered replacement switches through my dealer. MORLEY sent new switches at which time I learned that the problem wasn't the switches at all. The bottom of the pedal was shorting against the switch contacts and causing the problems. So, I raised the bushing-mount switches all the way up and installed a fiber (cardboard) insulator between the switches and the bottom and it works great. I use it to switch two battery powered amps when playing outdoors with no available power. I can use one or both amps with no problem (no ground loops on battery power) Some of the problems described here sound like the same as mine. Also, the old switches can be used for true bypass in my Cry Baby wah pedal!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing

              By tmangtrplayer

              from Undisclosed

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              Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

              Well...this selector is awesome. It's quiet, no loss in sound quality, and is built tough for the road. I play a lot, so this little thing goes through a lot, and has never failed me. This is truly an awesome deal!

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not consistent & Batteries ONLY

              By Sled Dog X

              from Canada

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              Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

              There are several issues with this product. It only takes batteries (no adapter) which must be installed by unscrewing the metal casing. Like another reviewer, I found a problem with the volume being sucked by only one input when both inputs to one amp are used. It also has caused some annoying hum in other cases. I recommend buying a Radial ABY pedal - it is similar, or cheaper, in price, much more versatile, and requires no batteries and no adapter (Yes!), and it is built from very strong metal.

              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              does the job

              By J.P.-Cem7o

              from NJ

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              Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

              I don't use a battery in this at all. I use it between cables going to one amp. I do this so that I can extend the cable run, without using a battery powered pedal, and at the same time, to use it as a kill switch for that amp. The problem I have is I tend to walk around a lot while playing and the guitar cable gets caught up on the swithcing mechanism VERY frequently. It would be a better design if guitar cables glided over the switches rather than get caught up on them.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              It's good

              By Stratman420-Y.cqI

              from KY

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              Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

              It's great and has no noise if you are only switching 2 guitars to one amp. It's complicated working out the noise going from one guitar to two amps. I only need it to change guitars quickly without unplugging. It has no noise at all when using it for this purpose. It does lose some tone when you play both channels together but not when only using one channel. I would have given it all 5's if it had a plug for a 9v adapter. I bent a small place in the bottom and stuck a battery clip adapter for my 1spot in it to power it.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Morley AB-WHY?

              By Nady rules us all

              from Detroit

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              Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

              OK, let me start by saying I love Morley products... now, the Morley AB-Y. I put this AB-Y on my pedal board to run my Marshall JCM 900 and Crate Vintage Club 50. The only problem was when I left the Marshall set to a dirty tone and switched over to the Crate for a Clean tone, the Marshall started squealing and and feeding back like crazy. I have a HumX and that didn't help anything. What did help was taking this back and exchanging it for a Radial Bigshot AB-Y. If you're using 2 clean amps or doing the 2 guitars into 1 amp thing, this box should be ok.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Strong and works great!!

              By Nymphadora Hexx

              from Phoenix and New York City.

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              Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

              ABY boxes are handy, especially if you use a '64 Bandmaster (like mine) that has no channel switching. This unit solves the problem, and can also be used to switch between multiple amp setups. (also like mine) Or, use it backwards to run two guitars into one amp. AB boxes do NOT cause hum...when you connect two amps together, the amp grounds have to be the same. AB boxes are only switches... there is nothing in there TO hum. This uses one 9v battery for the LED's so you know what's going where. Mine is built like a tank and has a black wrinkle paint finish ...wicked sexy! I highly recommend this unit.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Caution

              By T Smith

              from Newark DE

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              Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

              I recently bought this pedal to facilitate a dual amp set-up (Fender for clean/light distortion and Marshall head/Boogie cabinet for heavy distortion). I really liked it at first, minus the clicking noise heard when pressing the switches and the fact that you have to remove 4 screws to install the 9V battery. I used it during a few practices and one gig with no problems. However, during my 2nd gig, the signal started dropping out every few seconds. It would improve only when I gave it a few shakes/taps but then it totally went by the 2nd song. I checked all my connections, cables, the battery, etc., and they all were fine. Luckily, I was able to quickly re-route my signal and get back to playing but as you can imagine, it was very frustrating and embarassing. I'm going to tinker with it one last time before taking it back but even if this is an isolated incident among the other Morley pedals, I'm not sure I want to take another chance with this pedal.

               
              5.0

              Using it to switch between two guitars for performing

              By RagTop

              from Roanoke, VA

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Morley ABY Channel Switcher:

                I bought this pedal so I could switch between 2 different guitars in live performances and it works great It also is very compact and fit nicely onto my pedal board.

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