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The ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box lets you switch a common source signal (guitar, bass, or keyboard) between 2 amps or amp channels. Or conversely, it let...Read More

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A very useful box for routing your signals.

The ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box lets you switch a common source signal (guitar, bass, or keyboard) between 2 amps or amp channels. Or conversely, it lets you switch 2 source signals into the same amplifier. LEDs indicate whether A, B, or Y routing is in effect.

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  • Switches common source signal between 2 amps or amp channels
  • Switches 2 source signals into the same amplifier

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ARTCoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box
 
3.4

(based on 12 reviews)

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Make sure you're using it correctly

This is a passive device (ie, no power is needed- the battery inside is only there to power the LEDs). Its labels are printed for the "normal" use- to...Read complete review

This is a passive device (ie, no power is needed- the battery inside is only there to power the LEDs). Its labels are printed for the "normal" use- to switch between two amplifiers. In other words, the Output A and B jacks are the ones being switched. The two input jacks are parallel inputs, which provides some unique peculiarities.

First, parallel inputs allow you to run a tuner out from the second input. If you were interested in doing so, you could probably even patch a third amp in via this jack (depending on some things that I'll talk about in a moment).

The second peculiarity is that if you use two guitars in the two jacks, they each behave as if they were one guitar as far as the electrical path is concerned. In other words, when you turn down the volume on one guitar, the volume pot bleeds the current to ground and your signal disappears, but this happens to BOTH guitars. You might be able to fix this with a tuner or something else with a mute between the guitar and the switch, but if switching guitars is your aim, you need something with isolated inputs... OR read on. :-)

Continuing with the switcher in its normal function, remember that this is a passive unit. It is no different than soldering one cable from one guitar to two amps simultaneously. If you get hum, there are several reasons why this could be, but the most likely is ground loop hum. First make sure your amps are both plugged into the same power supply- ideally in the same wall socket. If this does not solve the problem, you may need a ABY box with more features to diagnose and fix the issue. This is not an issue with the Coolswitch necessarily- you just have a more complicated setup due to the electronics involved with your amps. I would suggest trying the Radial BigShot- it's also passive but has some cool features like isolation, ground lift, and reversing the phase to fix the hum.

Now, if you want to use this in a nontraditional way, like to connect two guitars, you certainly can. Just plug the guitars into the "output" jacks and plug the amp into the "input" jack. As long as you don't use the "Y" function, both guitar volumes should function independently (although they shouldn't need to because they should be muted while the other is selected).

I agree that Art needs to do a better job with their labeling and instructions, but the product itself works how it should.

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Read carefully!!!

I bought this switch so I could connect my main guitar and back up guitar into the same amp. The description CLEARLY say "Hook 2 instruments into the same amp". No...Read complete review

I bought this switch so I could connect my main guitar and back up guitar into the same amp. The description CLEARLY say "Hook 2 instruments into the same amp". No brainer. I break a string, I simply grab my back up guitar, hit the switch and I have a seemless transaction. First off the switch is noisy, secondly when I opened it the directions say : Not recommended for use to hook to instruments to one amp" (what the heck is that all about?) THIRD, if you do hook it up, all it does is gives you a Y connections, YOU CAN'T SWITCH THE SIGNAL from each guitar off. In other words both signals come through at once. Lastly, 1 guitar volume affects both guitars. How freeking usless is that! I turn on down so thew sound doesnt bleed through and both of my guitars have no volume. I turn it up and both guitars bleed through!JUNK! Find another switch!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Make sure you're using it correctly

By MusicManD

from Towanda, KS

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Comments about ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box:

This is a passive device (ie, no power is needed- the battery inside is only there to power the LEDs). Its labels are printed for the "normal" use- to switch between two amplifiers. In other words, the Output A and B jacks are the ones being switched. The two input jacks are parallel inputs, which provides some unique peculiarities.

First, parallel inputs allow you to run a tuner out from the second input. If you were interested in doing so, you could probably even patch a third amp in via this jack (depending on some things that I'll talk about in a moment).

The second peculiarity is that if you use two guitars in the two jacks, they each behave as if they were one guitar as far as the electrical path is concerned. In other words, when you turn down the volume on one guitar, the volume pot bleeds the current to ground and your signal disappears, but this happens to BOTH guitars. You might be able to fix this with a tuner or something else with a mute between the guitar and the switch, but if switching guitars is your aim, you need something with isolated inputs... OR read on. :-)

Continuing with the switcher in its normal function, remember that this is a passive unit. It is no different than soldering one cable from one guitar to two amps simultaneously. If you get hum, there are several reasons why this could be, but the most likely is ground loop hum. First make sure your amps are both plugged into the same power supply- ideally in the same wall socket. If this does not solve the problem, you may need a ABY box with more features to diagnose and fix the issue. This is not an issue with the Coolswitch necessarily- you just have a more complicated setup due to the electronics involved with your amps. I would suggest trying the Radial BigShot- it's also passive but has some cool features like isolation, ground lift, and reversing the phase to fix the hum.

Now, if you want to use this in a nontraditional way, like to connect two guitars, you certainly can. Just plug the guitars into the "output" jacks and plug the amp into the "input" jack. As long as you don't use the "Y" function, both guitar volumes should function independently (although they shouldn't need to because they should be muted while the other is selected).

I agree that Art needs to do a better job with their labeling and instructions, but the product itself works how it should.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works great

By Phillip-t5I2v

from Topeka, KS

Comments about ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box:

I love this pedal. It adds a lot of flexibility to my performances. I use it live at larger shows with no problems. To the other post that says it makes to much of a hum, the reason why is you probably need to change the battery inside it, which is my only dislike of it, you have to unscrew it. It is built like a tank holding up to Art's name.

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5.0

Good for the price

By Josh-dJ4rv

from Oklahoma

Comments about ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box:

I've only used this to switch between two combos or run both at the same time. Never had any popping noises. No hum either and I do use a decent amount of gain sometimes. The box is a bit small but otherwise, it's a great value. I've used this in the studio and live and its worked flawlessly.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

It's a hummer....

By split nixon

from ashland, KY

Comments about ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box:

I used this box to hook up 2 half stacks to record with. It produced so much of a humming noise that I couldn't use it to record with. Too noisy. Don't waste your money on this if you need a quite switch pedal. Pay the extra money and get a "lehle" switcher.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

quality minus thought...

By kepeb

from norfolk england

Comments about ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box:

This pedal switch will function ideally in a studio environment, mainly to save time, it is flawlessly functional, afordable and seems built to last.It does do exactly what it says.However, I would question this pedals uses in a live/gigging environment... the first thing I noticed was the size/shape, the two switches are around an inch apart!This is crazy as a stomp switch! your gonna be fannying around trying to pick out the right spot with your big toe mid song. Its almost cube like too... so a little to much pressure and you will flip the thing over!tha last point is the fact that you can only power it with a battery, no slots for an adapter. I like to chain my pedals up to save time money and to avoid the risk of the batteries running out while you play.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Run it in reverse for two guitars

By Quality

from Springfield, Ma

Comments about ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box:

Cool little box for the price.It does have a slight bleedthrough between the channels but I use it to switch between two guitars (acoustic and electric) at shows and it works great.The only point of note is that in order to accomplish this you must run the box in reverse. Connect the two guitars to the outputs and the amplifier to the input. If you hook it up in the forward direction, both guitars will be on at all times and it will be a "Y" connection only.The circuit is fairly passive which allows bi-directional operation.

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1.0

What is it good for?

By MCOLLINS

from Glenside, PA

Comments about ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box:

I, like another reviewer, purchased this to change between and acoustic and electric during gigs. It says that it can do this, however, it does not. It keeps both guitars on at all times, which defeats the purpose of the "switch". I recommend you not purchase this if this is what you need it for.

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3.0

going back

By Superstar

from Nebraska

Comments about ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box:

This switcher is nice but not inaudable, so there is a sound when switching amps. I'll be for spending a few more bucks on a higher end product that is silent for switching from my rhythm to my lead line up.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Read carefully!!!

By Garb

from wiliamstown, NJ

Comments about ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box:

I bought this switch so I could connect my main guitar and back up guitar into the same amp. The description CLEARLY say "Hook 2 instruments into the same amp". No brainer. I break a string, I simply grab my back up guitar, hit the switch and I have a seemless transaction. First off the switch is noisy, secondly when I opened it the directions say : Not recommended for use to hook to instruments to one amp" (what the heck is that all about?) THIRD, if you do hook it up, all it does is gives you a Y connections, YOU CAN'T SWITCH THE SIGNAL from each guitar off. In other words both signals come through at once. Lastly, 1 guitar volume affects both guitars. How freeking usless is that! I turn on down so thew sound doesnt bleed through and both of my guitars have no volume. I turn it up and both guitars bleed through!JUNK! Find another switch!

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5.0

Switcher at this price!?!?!

By Xero09

from Chicago, IL

Comments about ART CoolSWITCH A/B-Y Box:

I recently started looking into getting a switcher since I'm trying to do something with my sound(make it go from left to right) and this is an awesome switcher for a great price. It's all you need!

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