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Boss ES-5

Guitar Pedal Switching System
Published January 2017
By Paul White


Boss’s well-conceived switching system brings the convenience of a multi-effects unit to your collection of individual pedals.

With many guitar players preferring to use separate pedals in preference to multi-effect units, both live and in the studio, a pedal-switching system makes a lot of sense as it brings some of the benefits of programmability to manually adjustable pedals — look at the pedalboard of a top touring band and the chances are you’ll see one. While such a device can’t actually adjust the knobs for you, it can switch between numerous pedal combinations, change the order of pedals where necessary and, in the case of the ES-5, can also set up parallel effects, provide MIDI control and handle your amp’s channel and reverb switching.

The Boss ES-5 works with any standard pedal, not just Boss ones, and is essentially a pared-down version of the larger Boss ES-8, in that...

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Published January 2017