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Boss FS-6 Footswitch

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With 2 switches conveniently housed side-by-side, the Boss FS-6 Footswitch allows each switch to be set for latch or momentary operation. Pick the co...Click To Read More About This Product

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Simultaneous latch- and momentary-type switching in one unit.

With 2 switches conveniently housed side-by-side, the Boss FS-6 Footswitch allows each switch to be set for latch or momentary operation. Pick the configuration that best suits your playing style and setup. Stereo input jack for single stereo cable connection, or connect it to other footswitches (FS-5L/FS-5U/FS-6/AB-2). The Boss FS-6 Footswitch can be used with a wide variety of instruments, rhythm machines, guitar amps, etc.

FEATURES
  • Each footswitch can be assigned to latch or momentary operation
  • Stereo input jack
  • Connects to other footswitches
  • Works with a wide variety of instruments
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BossFS-6 Footswitch
 
4.3

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (15)
  • Compact (11)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (23)
  • Home studio (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (12), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works great but poor power design

This footswitch is well made, easy to use, and very ergonomic. Takes up a bit more room than the DIY style footswitches. Overall I'm really happy with it except - it requires a...Read complete review

This footswitch is well made, easy to use, and very ergonomic. Takes up a bit more room than the DIY style footswitches. Overall I'm really happy with it except - it requires a battery to function and it does not have a jack for an ac adapter. I bought it hoping that the battery is only needed to light the LEDs (which I could care less about) but nope, without a battery the unit does not function at all. IMO this is a bad design, as there are lots of footswitches out there that do not require a battery. Oh well. I can live with it, and I hope that it has a long battery life (I imagine it will, because I don't think the battery is doing much?).

Note to a previous poster: You don't have to remove the battery to turn off the power. But you do need to disconnect your 1/4" cable, otherwise the unit will stay on.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Battery killer

It's a solid, well made pedal that sucks the power out of batteries at an alarming rate. I bought one three weeks ago and it's been through the battery it came with and two...Read complete review

It's a solid, well made pedal that sucks the power out of batteries at an alarming rate. I bought one three weeks ago and it's been through the battery it came with and two more new ones. I wanted a pedal to give me two options on my stage piano I keep at home. Because the piano never moves, the pedal stays plugged in all the time. I don't want to plug and unplug under the instrument every time I play, and this product has to be unplugged or the battery drains in no time. If you're looking for two pedal capability on a piano, look elsewhere.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Needs a power switch

By Steve

from Becker, MN

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

      This is a very nice switch. It is well constructed and durable. I've used this switch for about a year. It is irritating to have to take off the back cover and connect/disconnect the battery after each use. Through practice, it only takes me about 10 seconds, however, I worry about the battery connector becoming worn out. Contrary to other reviews, the battery IS required for the switch to function. Other than the battery issue, this is a top quality switch.

      (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No ON/OFF Switch Required

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

      I bought the BOSS FS-6 Dual Foot Switch to use it with my BOSS GT-10 Guitar Effects Processor.This is a great compact unit that provides two switches that can be independently set to Latch or Momentary function with selectable Polarity.For Latch function, Polarity will only change when the LED will lit (either when in CLOSE position, or when in OPEN position). But for Momentary function, Polarity allows the switch to be set to either Normally OPEN or to Normally CLOSE, great versatility!The FS-6 has been extensively criticized for not having an ON/OFF switch.This is not important at all, in fact it is better that it doesn't has an ON/OFF switch and I'm sure it was deliberately designed not to have one, as you will see. The FS-6 will stay OFF (even with the included 9 Volt battery in place) until a plug is connected to "A", "B", or "A & B" connectors.You don't need to remove the battery when nothing is connected to it. The "POWER" LED will not lit indicating that the unit is OFF so the battery will not drain. This thing basically turns ON automatically, preventing any damage that may be caused to your equipment if it had and ON/OFF switch and you accidentally forgot to turn it ON. Why would you want to have an ON/OFF switch when the FS-6 was so well engineered?This safety feature may also explain why there is not an AC power option available.This is a great piece of equipment. And it enhances the functions and flexibility of my GT-10.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works great but poor power design

      By gravydb

      from PA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Ergonomic
      • Excellent Build Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Poor Power Design

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

      This footswitch is well made, easy to use, and very ergonomic. Takes up a bit more room than the DIY style footswitches. Overall I'm really happy with it except - it requires a battery to function and it does not have a jack for an ac adapter. I bought it hoping that the battery is only needed to light the LEDs (which I could care less about) but nope, without a battery the unit does not function at all. IMO this is a bad design, as there are lots of footswitches out there that do not require a battery. Oh well. I can live with it, and I hope that it has a long battery life (I imagine it will, because I don't think the battery is doing much?).

      Note to a previous poster: You don't have to remove the battery to turn off the power. But you do need to disconnect your 1/4" cable, otherwise the unit will stay on.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Review

      By Unnamed User-wYXK3

      from New Delhi, India

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      Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

      If you have a BOSS GT 6/8/10 then first get an extra expression pedal. If you still want more options then get these. Am very satisfied with these footswitches. What they don't tell you in the manual is that you need stereo cables to use both switches simultaneously. So you'll have to get one if you're buying this.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Excellent but things you should know

      By Angry Cripple

      from Potato, Idaho

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Leds Very Visible
      • Solid Battery Life
      • Solid Build
      • Switches Onoff Smoothly

      Cons

      • Cable Not Included
      • Expensive For What It Is
      • No Ac Power Options

      Best Uses

        Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

        Solidly built. Requires 9v battery for any use, no matter what - it's not just for the LED lights. Unplug cable when not in use.

        It also requires a TRS cable to be used with the various Roland stuff that requires the FS_6. You probably don't have one laying around as an average guitarist or musician with an extended length that will make this useful (6' to 10'). If you require something that works without a battery, use a pair of FS-5. That said, life appears to be in excess of 100 hours with a good 9V.

        It is also exceedingly expensive for what it is - two boring momentary switches, even well-made ones.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GREAT PEDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        By Boogie Bob

        from Rockwell, NC

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

          I got tired of bending over to scroll to different presets on my RC-3 Loop Pedal. Now I can bank up or down without hitting my Cole Clark headstock on everything close to me. Also, a big plus it that I don't have to tap the RC-3 twice to stop the loop, just tap "B" button once and it stops immediately! I like that! Also, the 9 volt lasts forever and I'm told you don't even need a battery for it to work, but you won't have an LED function.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesom Switch, a must have..

          By SkiingObsessed2007

          from MN

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          Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

          This is one great footswitch. I use it with my Boss GT-8. This switch has switchable polarity and setting between latching and non-latching for each switch/button/actuator. So I thought, what else can I use it for. I have a Vox AD30vt amp. The original vox dual footswitch although cheaper is very noisy. Latching type and makes a loud CLUCK-TUCK noise each time it is pressed. So I set the Boss FS-6 to Latching type. Don't know what polarity was set but i plugged it into the Vox ad30vt amp and Super ! I can now control my amp without the vox noisy switch that i already returned. Super quite function on the FS-6. It is electronic. It uses a 9 Volt battery. (included with a new switch). I can switch channels and turn FX section on/off. The next thing I did, I plugged it into the two footswitch connectors on my M-audio Blackbox. Works super with that too in non latching mode. Polarity does affect functions. so set it correctly. Being assignable for various parameters, the FS-6 is a huge help for both the GT-8 and the Blackbox. Highly recommended for anyone looking to buy extra sinle or dual switches for amps or effects. This switch should work with lots of other amps, efx etc too. Next I will test it as a sustain pedal with my Oxygen midi controller. Has stereo connector and two mono connectors. Can use either.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          a need to have item

          By Joe

          from Bellingham WA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy to set up
          • Noiseless
          • Responsive
          • Wysiwyg

          Cons

          • None Observed

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

          Mandatory to provide short cut foot controls for the Boss RC-3 loop pedal.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great footswitch

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

          I have a Roland 20x and this is the only footswitch that will use all the features of the amp in one unit. It is excellent, however like another customer review, it only powers on a 9v battery. You have to pull the plug on the footswitch or you will buying lots of batteries. Hope Boss considers making a change to this power feature. Highly recommend if you have a Roland X amp.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Works as advertised

          By Twin Reverb

          from Florida Panhandle

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          Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

          I use this thing with a Boss ME-50. It works just as advertised, and the switching options on the back give me the ability to use it for all kinds of other things. I've had it for like a year at least, if not two. The only problem I've had with it is that I accidentally broke the plastic battery cover (it would be nice if someone could send me one lol), but that's nothing that duct tape can't fix. I'd buy another if mine broke, but with how Boss makes their pedals, I doubt it will break.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good switch but be aware

          By Mick the engineer

          from Sydney, Australia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Quiet switching
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Be aware that both switches use a common ground.

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

          The 2 switches are not completely independent, they share a common ground. So just be careful when switching control voltages. This may explain some of the comments here about noise being heard.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect footswitch

          By Wait for What?!

          from New Mexico

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Exactly What We Needed
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Triggers Drum Machine

            Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

            We needed a way to trigger two different functions on the drum machine during live shows and this foot switch is exactly what we needed.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Dual Footswitch

            By MYSONG

            from Las Vegas, NV

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Battery Only Operation

            Best Uses

              Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

              I have a THD Flexi 50 amp that requires a dual footswitch in order to switch both the "Boost" and "Master" sections on and off. I lost the included footswitch years ago and decided to try this as a replacement. After setting the back panel switches to the correct polarity and "Latch" (as opposed to "Momentary"), I found this switch to work perfectly for my amp. The switches are silent and instantaneous. Seems durable enough and as long as I disconnect the (not included) cables from the unit, I reckon the battery should last for a long time.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very Useful and Solid Unit

              By Cooperro

              from Pembroke Pines, FL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                Very versatile. I use them on my Boss RC-3, my Roland Cube 80XL, and to switch reverb & EQ on/off on my Mesa Boogie Mark III, whose footswitch doesn't have any lights.

                Speaking of lights, the FS6 uses a nine volt battery. No messy power supply/cable. The battery's only for the LEDs - the pedal still works just fine if the battery's dead or missing.

                Also, all the footswitches in this series, FS6, FS5, etc., can all be hooked physically together as if they were one long footswitch.

                The polarity switches let you decide whether or not the lights are on or off when you're effect is chosen. I.E. Do you want the light on or off when you switch channels in your amp?

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Loads of versatility

                By Bostjan Zupancic

                from St. Johnsbury, VT

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Pros

                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Requires 9v Battery

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                I purchased this footswitch to use with a Roland Cube 20 practice amplifier. I was initially concerned about the price, but upon delivery, I was greatly impressed with the versatility of the switch.

                I content that this switch is universal, so it can be used with nearly any piece of equipment, so long as that equipment has a jack for a footswitch.

                1. The switch has selectable polarity, so it can be used with a wide range of manufacturers,
                2. The switch has both latching and momentary operation, so it can be used with various types of equipment (recorders for punch in/out, channel selection, tap tempo, effects, etc.)
                3. The switch has both balanced and unbalanced 1/4" outputs, so no adapters are needed.
                4. The switch does not accept loop power from the equipment being controlled, so you will have to install a 9V battery. Mine was included.
                5. The swicth is built into a metal case, like Boss effects pedals, so I believe that it is truly road worthy. It also has some weight to it, so you don't have to worry about kicking it off the stage easily.

                Overall, the cost is not too bad, considering this should be the last footswitch I ever have to buy.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Gear

                By RXP

                from WestKy

                About Me Novice

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events

                  Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                  I picked this up to tag along with my Boss RC-30. It's like having an extra hand. Allows me to trigger effects with the left foot click and allows me to easily switch to track 2 with the right click. I definitely recommend this for this type of application.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Performed as advertised.

                  By Avionics Doctor

                  from Florida

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                  Pros

                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                    Only observation that I have is that the switches nomenclatures could have been more explicit such as to polarity, etc. Also the manual could have been a little more explicit in that regard. It is't hard to figure it out; not exactly rocket science. Overall I am well pleased with it. When used with the Air Turn AT-104 to turn pages, it takes some getting used to. Kind of like driving a stick shift after you have driven an automatic.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Does what it says

                    By Heck

                    from Wilbraham MA.

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                      Works well with my DR880, you can use 2 on the drummer that makes it easy, but gotta figure out [ which switch does what ] even though you assign them

                      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Boss Makes a Great A-B, A&B Switcher

                      By Phil Whisenant

                      from North Carolina

                      See all my reviews

                      Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                      Overall a very great product
                      I am very happy with the Boss A&Bswitch. Works great!
                      For the $$ it is the best you can get

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      quite nice for a dual pedal, except...

                      By keykrazy

                      from Cincinnati, OH

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

                      • Latch can be set onoff
                      • Polarity setting per side
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile
                      • Well Built

                      Cons

                      • Battery a must sustain

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Dual pedal
                      • Dual sustain
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Latching
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Pedal
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording
                      • Sustain

                      Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                      This pedal is just what it says it is. I use rechargeable batteries with it -- which is somewhat necessary in my opinion, as you cannot operate the pedal (for sustain, anyway) without a battery installed.

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