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Xotic doesn't seem that popular anymore -- why?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by LordThurisaz, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Logsworth

    Logsworth Member

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    I love my EP Booster. Every time I turn it on, it makes my guitar sing.

    It 100% delivers on the middle pickup positions on my Strat. But the unexpected bonus is how fantastic it makes my Les Paul Classic sound.j

    If I could only have one boost/drive/gain pedal, it might very well be the EP.
     
  2. Ampegasaur

    Ampegasaur Silver Supporting Member

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    They are good, solid, well built pedals, nice tones, and readily available. There are others I like better, but would not hesitate to use one if what's available. There are a lot of good choices out there at all price points. They have good service also. Not a flavor of the month, but on plenty of gigging boards out there.
     
  3. henryjurstin13

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    Never wanted an EP Booster til I tried the one in my HX Stomp.... absolutely love my Xotic wah, except for a personal problem with soft switches in general.
     
  4. UrbanHymns

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    I've tried about 10 different compressors and just picked up an SP Compressor, which I'm really enjoying.

    In general, except for Boss pedals, I think a lot of the long-time brands are losing some luster to the new boutique builders. A boutique builder could take the SP Compressor, add a tone control, put it in a cool looking box, and charge $300 for it.
     
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  5. FFOGG

    FFOGG Fat Frustated Old Guy w/ Gut Gold Supporting Member

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    Thats why I bought mine
     
  6. plextasy

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    I currently have the EP Booster and standard BB on my board. I used a BB+ in the past and while it was great (the Blue side was possibly the best clean boost before a dirty amp I've ever owned) I didn't love the overdrive sound as much as the standard BB or the BBMB mid boost model. Their wah is really good too.

    I wouldn't hesitate to buy more of their stuff. It's not "popular" on gear forums these days for some of the reasons pointed out by oansun above but it's a brand that many pros rely on, much like other workhorse gear such as the MXR Carbon Copy. My experience with their stuff is that it's tried-and-true in both sound and build.
     
  7. Terry Hayes

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    Still enjoying all my Xotic pedals. I have more Xotic pedals than any other brand except Fulltone. I have an AC Booster, SL Drive, and 2 SP comps
     
  8. Captain Sco

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    I see their pedals everywhere; I own an EP booster... however I have never seen anyone with their guitar or bass. Kinda pricey, but they do look nice.
     
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  9. BluesBUSTER

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    Xotic pedals are still very popular. This thread is on page 6 in less than 24 hours - that's how much people still care about Xotic pedals.

    Personally, I find the gain pedals to have the capability of sometimes sounding sterile. I guess "too processed" would be a better term. It takes a little tweaking to bring out the sugar. I still keep around a BB, AC/RC-Oz, SL Drive and Soul Driven. They're all pretty good. The only one I sold is the BB+ because I had too many gain pedals at the time o_O not because it was a bad pedal.
     
  10. Blanket Jackson

    Blanket Jackson ¿Qué Hiciste? Silver Supporting Member

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    I still own a bunch of Xotic pedals (none of their guitars though). I will never sell my AC Boost. It is Baby Bear tone for me.
     
  11. calfzilla

    calfzilla Cynical Hack Silver Supporting Member

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    Only pedal I had from them was the BB with comp switch... Didn't find it too exciting that is was just a diode switch. They make alright pedals, just nothing super exciting outside of the wah.
     
  12. 5150

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    I used to have the Xotic SP compressor, which I found too noisy, but I really like my Xotic wah. However, to this day, I do not understand why Xotic has never released a volume pedal in the same housing as their wah. It boggles the mind.
     
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  13. Kriig

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    BB Pre since 11-12 years.. Not going anywhere.
     
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  14. cameron

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    They've been around for a long time, and they don't constantly put out new designs. They've got a solid stable of products - many of which are very common in lots of people's rigs.

    So they're pretty much a known quantity. Hence there's not a lot of reason to discuss them.
     
  15. cosmic_ape

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    I love my EP Booster. Gonna buy the Super Sweet soon.
     
  16. Stratburst70

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    My SL Drive has been in a drawer since I bought my Mini Jubilee, but the SP is a mainstay on both my boards and I just bought the wah pedal.

    I think Xotic is becoming like Boss: people may not be talking about them as much but they’re still using them.
     
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  17. LeicaBossNJ

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    This place runs on novelty. They've become establishment.
     
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    I'm definitely a lifer. I will always have their boosters on my boards. Currently loving the AC/RC Oz Noy.
     
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  19. ClinchFX

    ClinchFX Gold Supporting Member Vendor

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    They didn't steal my design. Back then, someone at a DIY forum traced the Xotic pedal, and proved that the only thing it shared with our EP-PRE was that it used a JFET, but a different JFET from the one we use.

    My design followed the original EP-3 circuit very closely.

    Peter.
     
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  20. Andygee

    Andygee Silver Supporting Member

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    Soul Driven overdrive...very smooth
     
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