The Best FX Pedals In The World Today – Xotic EP Booster

Posted: March 15, 2017 in Guitar Pedals
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Xotic EP Booster

One knob, one classic boost – this magic box based on the Echoplex preamp has become a favourite of players worldwide.

The EP Booster has been a constant on my pedalboard for the last five years. I use it to hit the front end of my amp a little harder, giving me warm sustain and controlled feedback. Small, one knob, bulletproof, magic in a box.” Not our words, but the words of US guitarist David Grissom, which tells you all you really need to know about how highly regarded a simple pedal can be.

Since the dawn of time (well, electric-guitar time, anyway), guitarists the world over have hankered after a pedal with one knob that just says ‘More’, with ‘more’ broadly translating to more warmth, more sparkle, more presence in the mix, more volume and, well, just more character.

Such luminaries as Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Eric Johnson and Grissom – considered legends of tone, each and every one of them – have all, at some point or other, turned to the characteristics of a specific piece of equipment to serve this function: the preamp circuit of the rightly famed Maestro EP-3 Echoplex.

With the EP Booster, released back in 2010, this preamp’s coveted qualities have now been squeezed into the smallest imaginable chassis. This FET-based volume boost – with its single button and single dial – has hidden charms, however, in the shape of two small DIP switches in the top right-hand-side of the cavity.

The first of these charms is a gain boost, which adds 3dB of gain to the pedal in its fully counter-clockwise position; the second is a choice of EQ, between a boost of the high-end or a flat EQ. Simplicity itself, but devastatingly effective… and Xotic also repeats the trick with a range of classic hardware including the likes of the SL Drive and SP Compressor, based on the Marshall Super Lead and Ross Compressor respectively.

Key features
PRICE £143
DESCRIPTION True-bypass boost pedal with internal DIP switches, powered by 9v battery or AC adaptor
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