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Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal

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What do the tones of renowned guitarist such as Page, EVH and Johnson have in common? They all used the legendary echo machine EP-3 as a pre-amp.Xoti...Click To Read More About This Product

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A simple pure boost that pays reverence to the EP-3 pre-amp and captures the celebrated tones of the world's most famous players.

What do the tones of renowned guitarist such as Page, EVH and Johnson have in common? They all used the legendary echo machine EP-3 as a pre-amp.
Xotic Effects have captured that magic in a new boost pedal, the EP Booster. Xotic Effects uses the highest quality parts available with a discrete FET design and low impedance output, the EP Booster provides up to +20dB of unadulterated boost with multi-dimensional, shimmering highs and lows, and no ear fatigue. The internal DIP switches let you choose the boost frequencies, and EQ settings. Housed in a small 3.5"x 1.5" x 1.5" case with blue LED and transparent knob, the EP Booster can be powered by 9-volt up to 18-volts.

FEATURES
Provides up to +20dB of boost
DIP switches let you choose the boost frequencies and EQ settings

Great tone starts here!

SPECIFICATIONS
3.5"x 1.5" x 1.5"
Powered by 9-volt up to 18-volts
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Xotic EffectsEP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.9

(based on 52 reviews)

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    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (46)
  • Excellent sound quality (45)
  • Responsive (34)
  • Versatile (22)
  • Good selection of effects (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (42)
  • Professional recording (29)
  • Home studio (24)
  • Amateur recording (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), Professional musician (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Sound - Solid Performance

You can use this to boost your sound from the front end if you like, but if you use a lot of gain I recommend the effects loop. Using the effects loop will let...Read complete review

You can use this to boost your sound from the front end if you like, but if you use a lot of gain I recommend the effects loop. Using the effects loop will let you boost the overall sound that you have and like. There will be some fattening and pronounced mid response, if you play lead, you will absolutely wonder how you have been able to make it all this time without it. You don't have to keep turning up to be heard, no volume wars! Set your rig volume, adjust for the amount of boost needed, and wait for your lead. I have seen some players run two in series through the loop. The sound you can get and the amount of boost is incredible, In fact my knob is rolled all the way back to the minimum amount and it is sufficient. If you want to cut through and be heard, with great sound without unwanted trash or compression, this is what you have been looking for. The pedal is so small, it is deceptive, and this thing is built like a tank. I would recommend that you find two right angled cables as this is small and not very wide, it makes for a nice neat layout. I suggest an external power supply (sans the battery) I use mine every night and I have an extra at all times in my rig bag. I also want to mention that I only use a two channel amp (Fender M80) and a (Fender Ultimate Chorus) now that I have this pedal, I now can truly do everything with almost nothing. My rig sounds awesome and is so simple I can setup in seconds. What do you have to lose? Go and try this now! You might not ever way to turn it off! It is that GOOD. CJWII

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I like this pedal I really do..

This is a great boost pedal, no doubt about that. I bought this used for less than half the price and while it does exactly what it should I have used boost pedals that...Read complete review

This is a great boost pedal, no doubt about that. I bought this used for less than half the price and while it does exactly what it should I have used boost pedals that are nearly identical that are at half this retail price point. If you have a lot of money to burn and are looking for the best boost this very well might be it, however this money may be better spent on a pedal that is more versatile and more noticeable in the overall sound of your pedal chain. This pedal is a clean boost and only flavors your sound slightly, and what it adds sounds very natural and very good; the build quality is top-notch aswell. So my rating is based on the fact that I feel such basic circuitry shouldn't cost as much as this does, and I would highly recommend buying this on the used market if you can get a nice discounted price.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Never Turn it off...!

By BARKINGCHICKENGUITARS.COM

from SPRING BRANCH, TX

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Sounds exactly like the Echo Plex pre. Buy it with a Dunlop 18V power supply. It makes the EP-Boost sound better and totally quiet. Advice: Leave the internal dip switches alone, run it at 18 volts/no battery, make it last in your effects chain and set the level. You will never turn it off!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good piece of gear and MADE IN THE USA!!

    By Mike

    from JP

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

      Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This little box is built like a tank! Simple to use. I play through an EVH 100W head for my clean/dirty/lead channels. The EP Booster gives nice a sparkle sound without changing the tone of the amp. I run it inline and leave it on all the time on all channels. I also set the EQ flat for my application. Comes in useful when switching guitars, single coils to Humbuckers with a slight twist of the knob. Works great as a channel booster as well. Good piece of gear and MADE IN THE USA!!!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Sound - Solid Performance

      By CJWII

      from Pasadena, Texas

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • You Do Not Own One Yet

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

      You can use this to boost your sound from the front end if you like, but if you use a lot of gain I recommend the effects loop. Using the effects loop will let you boost the overall sound that you have and like. There will be some fattening and pronounced mid response, if you play lead, you will absolutely wonder how you have been able to make it all this time without it. You don't have to keep turning up to be heard, no volume wars! Set your rig volume, adjust for the amount of boost needed, and wait for your lead. I have seen some players run two in series through the loop. The sound you can get and the amount of boost is incredible, In fact my knob is rolled all the way back to the minimum amount and it is sufficient. If you want to cut through and be heard, with great sound without unwanted trash or compression, this is what you have been looking for. The pedal is so small, it is deceptive, and this thing is built like a tank. I would recommend that you find two right angled cables as this is small and not very wide, it makes for a nice neat layout. I suggest an external power supply (sans the battery) I use mine every night and I have an extra at all times in my rig bag. I also want to mention that I only use a two channel amp (Fender M80) and a (Fender Ultimate Chorus) now that I have this pedal, I now can truly do everything with almost nothing. My rig sounds awesome and is so simple I can setup in seconds. What do you have to lose? Go and try this now! You might not ever way to turn it off! It is that GOOD. CJWII

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Boost

      By Montana Van

      from Montana

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      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is the best boost pedal I've tried to date. This pedal easily drives tube amps to breakup without any other effects, and with a good overdrive pedal, enhances tone and clarity without losing edge. The problem I've had with boost pedals is that they tend to "sober" up my signal while making it more pronounced (louder). This one takes the whole pedalboard to new sonic levels. The tone enhancement is great for single coil guitars (teles/strats) and humbuckers, but I'm still working that out. Les Paul was instantaneous tone heaven, the tele/strat requires a little tweaking with the amp.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Box of Tone

        By MUIUCRocker

        from Appleton, WI

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I was looking for a boost pedal to make my leads stand out. Guy at the store told me to try this out. I had never heard of it before, but wow. Don't let the name fool you. It will boost, but it also adds clarity, richness, warmth, tone...whatever you want to call it. It makes everything sound so good that I sometimes just leave it on and use my overdrive pedal as the lead boost.

            Not a lot of options, but what do you want in a booster pedal? I love it.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best in Breed

            By Wes

            from Great Lakes

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I've tried many so-called "clean" boosts & most end up coloring the sound & amount to an overdrive turned down (and OD's aren't at 0 when they're turned to 0). This pedal is a godsend for single-coil players who need to get a full-sound that would normally only be achieved when the output stage of their amp is turned up. I play instrumental surf (and some Shadows/Scandinavian Rautalanka stuff). It's completely impractical most times to crank the power section of a Bandmaster or Vox to get that. This pedal fills out the tone without adding ANY distortion-type coloration at all, other than a pleasing blossoming of the guitars signal.

              Running both Fender & Vox amps (sometimes singly, sometimes together) pedal is used as an almost-always-on pedal,beginning of the chain. The mode selected on the internal DIP switches is for Unity Gain (0 means 0) and the Bright(Flat) EQ setting (more on that). The knob is only cracked to about 8:30 or 9:00. The only time it's off is because a tape-echo emulation already has some pre-amp built-into the sound, particularly into the Vox, or when the goal is simply Jazzmaster --> reverb tank --> amp. With the Strat it's always on.

              Even with the knob turned up to 12:00 it's still not an overdrive, but may nicely push your amp's pre-amp section into that pleasant region where it sounds like it's working for a living. I run Unity Gain setting vs. the +3dB boost because, frankly, +3dB is ALOT. At Unity Gain you tailor the amount better (my view) so that you're letting the tonal variations have the guitar stand out, rather than slamming someone with volume.

              2 tiny irritations, neither of which would give me reservations about buying it and one of them applies to most pedal makers. First, in the documentation they call the 2nd DIP switch Bright (EQ Flat), on or off. Well, which is it? Answer, it's flat. Unless you want to darken things up leave it flat.

              Second, Dear Pedal Makers: Don't ship your pedals with 9V battery already connected.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for leads, but so much more

              By Clifton

              from Gilbert, AZ

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              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

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                • Events
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                Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Most boost pedals I shied away from, because I wasn't down for something to color my sound. I wanted to find the most transparent boost possible; however, because of this pedal's small footprint, I tried it out.
                I ended up buying it BECAUSE of the sound coloration. The "bright" DIP switch inside the pedal gave it such a great tone that made my solos sing; when I was ready to be heard I was HEARD. The +20dB should be enough for anyone for a boost, but don't just count this as a boost pedal; you can put this on a distorted amp to give it more sustain and chunk up the tone, or if you like the colored sound you can put this as a preamp in front of your pedals and just set your amp's volume accordingly. I use this mainly for solo boosts, but there are many more applications you could use for this little beauty.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Missing Ingredient to Tone

                By P-Jo the Laser

                from Bellingham, WA

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  This is a great lil' pedal that will not be moving from my board for a long time. The EP Boost helps articulate individual notes and adds lushness to chords...it really completed the missing ingredient in my tone. Works best for me (worship band) after overdrive pedals and before delays/modulations - typically set level around 4. Solid construction, small footprint and added depth to tonal qualities.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I couldnt be happier with this product

                  By Classical Guy

                  from Oakland, Ca

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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 Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    This is possibly the most useful piece of gear i have ever purchased! I recieved this pedal last night after a long trial of purchasing and returning various boost pedals (jhs banana,mooer pure boost,tc spark boost). This pedal puts them all to shame, providing a extremely clear and articulate boost with very low residual noise. Works great for pushing a clean amp to slight breakup for a hot blues tone, adding tube grit but not coloring the sound. It is capable of adding an incredible sparkle/shimmer to your clean tone at unity gain.

                    Best of all, it can push an already driven high gain amp into complete metal mayhem. Im running a gibson blueshawk (i know, not a metal guitar right?) through a blackstar series one 100W and 1960 lead cab. The cleans, and classic rock tones are to die for w/o the EP Boost, but i have a special place in my heart for metal. This thing pushes those passive P90s harder than an active emg but with tone to die for, allowing me to squeeze heavy brutal tones out of a semi hollow guitar. I couldnt be happier with this purchase and would have paid twice as much for this pedal!

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome Pedal!

                    By Andrew

                    from Harrisburg, PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Make You Louder
                    • Responsive
                    • Sweetens Up Your Tone

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Live
                    • Performances
                    • Situational Volume Boost

                    Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Greatest clean booster on the market.
                    If you put the EP booster between your guitar and amp, it will boost your clean sound tremendously. Watch out, its easy to over do it here. Also, in this position, it will boost your volume a bit if you're using your amps distortion.
                    If you are using this pedal with your amps distortion, I recommend putting it through your effects loop if you have one. This is where it will have the greatest effect with a distorted setting.
                    Awesome pedal for playing live. It can really make you stand out and boost your volume when you need it.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Would buy another with no hesitation.

                    By crispy

                    from St. Louis Mo.

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      The EP Booster will take an already good amp and make it excel, fill it with rich.full harmonics,and puts it right in the sweet spot.the kind of tone the will make the hairs stand and tears fall. If there is only one pedal you can have treat yourself to the EP Booster. But why does it have a foot switch? You'll never turn it off.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A must have

                      By gpiccin

                      from Brazil

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                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I only saw online reviews before buying this little monster and i'm totally chocked on how awesome it is. A must have for the rest of my life on any pedal board I'll ever have. Brightens the sound and boosts the exactly amount of gain I ever dreamed of.
                        Not mentioning it's minimalist size, which fits everywhere.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Amazing tone tool

                        By dsnyder35

                        from st. petersburg florida

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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 Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          This pedal is great for adding a little depth and sweetness to your tone. I use it for both my overall tone and to step out of the mix on solos. paired with my fulldrive 2 I get amazing deep overdrive tones and ill run it before my carbon copy for a richer fuller delay tone. this pedal just takes my tone to another level. love love love this pedal.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Instant Tone Generator

                          By Kevin Waide

                          from Tupelo, MS

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                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Responsive

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          This pedal is incredible! Instant tone generator. The only problem with having one is you'll want another: one to leave on all the time, a second for your "boost". This pedal will never come off my pedal board.

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Just What I Needed

                          By Bruce Allen

                          from Delaware

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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 Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            I purchased this pedal based on the stellar reviews posted by other users on the web and the Editor's Pick Award it received from Guitar Player Magazine.
                            I am pleased to say that the pedal more than lives up to its reputation. The EP booster simply makes your guitar sound fatter. I play a Strat through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and the clarity and presence it brings to my sound is amazing. You will definately notice this most in a live situation. The EP booster somehow makes your guitar cut through the mix better with increase note and string to string clarity. I just leave it on all the time as the last effect into the amp but it also works great as an input into an overdrive pedal. Build quality is excellent. If you want to improve the funadmental quality of your guitar tone please get this pedal. You won't be dissapointed.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            EP Boost is must-have!

                            By manuel.sandoval1

                            from Albuquerque, NM

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                            Pros

                            • Clean
                            • Compact Design
                            • Excellent Sound Quality
                            • Sexy

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Live
                            • Professional Recording
                            • Rocking
                            • Rolling

                            Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            This thing gives beautifully clean boost to anything you want. You can boost a distorted signal to get a little extra push. I personally use it for clean solos and it gives me the most beautiful, clean, and wonderful tone! I love this little box!

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Booster and Tone Enhancer!!

                            By astainback

                            from NC

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                            Pros

                            • Built tough
                            • Compact Design
                            • Excellent Sound Quality
                            • Fattens Single Coils
                            • Small footprint
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Gain Stacking
                              • Signal Booster
                              • Tone Sweetner

                              Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              At unity gain, it sweetens your tone.
                              Great booster.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              may be the best one of the bunch!

                              By Jimmypagejunior

                              from Syracuse, NY

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                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Excellent Sound Quality
                              • Responsive
                              • Small Footprint On Board
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Beef Up Sound Focus
                                • Boost In Effects Loop

                                Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                What a great little pedal this is! You can alter the tone and character with the 2 internal mini switches, and it lends clarity to your signal. Worth every penny, and more than enough boost. Awesome build quality.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                My!!!! God!! Thank you for the gift that is the Ep booster.

                                By The tone twins

                                from Keswick Ontario

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                  Wow!!! The greatness that is the Ep booster.I have yet to play a boost pedal or any pedal at any price range that has more natural magic and sparkle the Ep.... A must have for strat players aspecialy but will make anything and everything sound wayyyyy better imo thanks and enjoy if you get one. Ps phillip sayce tone!

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Nice Boost

                                  By Greg

                                  from Delmar, New York

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                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Responsive

                                  Cons

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                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about Xotic Effects EP Booster Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                    Does what it says. Range of boost very good. Very quiet. Seems to color the tone slightly (in a good way IMO).

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