I’ve been hearing some talk about the Xotic EP Booster. Been seeing it on a few Pedal Line Friday submissions, and I wanted to take a closer look. Xotic makes some great pedals, and are really creating a giant name for themselves.Â Looks like the EP Booster is modeled after the preamp side of the Echoplex EP-3.Â Apparently, the circuit is quite different than the actual Echoplex (since the Echoplex’s preamp had additional requirements, etc). In a nutshell, this is a clean boost, but with more sparkle and definition.
Here is the official description:
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.
We’ve captured that magic in a new Xotic Effects pedal, the EP Booster.
We’ve used 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.
A simple pure boost that pays reverence to the magical EP-3 and captures the celebrated tones of the world’s most famous players.
Here is a video by XoticGuitars:
You can pick up the Xotic EP Booster EQ Effects Pedal for $116.00 at Fat Tone Guitars.
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11 years ago
the EP Booster is the best pedal I’ve ever bought. It has enabled me to minimize the pedals I now use. The band I’m in is about 90% heavy & I was struggling to get the tone wanted from my old JCM 900 but with the EP booster in front I’ve pulled all my distortion pedals, even my MXR 6 band eq. I just use a MXR Micro Amp to boost my solos. So it’s crybaby, tuner, MXR Micro Amp, EP Booster, Line 6 MM4 & not so great ModTone analog delay, (thinking of getting a Carbon Copy or a Boss digital DD3 or DD7). The big plus is all is quiet. Even the eq was hissy. So for $116 the EP Booster is well worth it.Reply