Submitted July 6, 2018 by Tom H in Clinton, TN
"Solid Quality Piece of Gear "
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I purchased 2 of the Boss FS-6 Dual Footswitches to expand the use of my Boss Rc-300 Loop Station. Yes, it's a bit pricey for just a switch, but as in all gear....you are really getting what you pay for. And this switch is no exception. There are a lot of pros and only a couple of cons that I experience with the switch.
• The housing is quite solid and the actual pad for the switch you press is quality material that I believe will last a lifetime.
• A Mode Switch for both pad A and B giving the ability to make each switch either latching or non-latching (momentary or toggled) A real plus!
• The switches are dead silent when using. Quite the advantage especially when recording. The pressure needed to press the pads are just right in my opinion. Not to hard to press...not too light.
• A Polarity Switch for both pad A and B so it can be matched with the polarity of any device you are using it with.
• The ability to use A & B for separate devices with a separate cable or with using only one Stereo TRS cable for the the ability assign both A&B within the same device you are using.
• The switch can be slide mounted together with another Boss FS-5, FS-5U, or another FS-6 so they are solid together. Even though I don't use this because of positioning I need for both of mine, I can see where this would be a real plus for one to control their stage footprint.
• A red LED to let you know when the power is on and that it's active.
The Cons: (And definitely not a deal breaker)
• The battery compartment houses the cheapest kind of battery cap connector. The kind you used to see in old time transistor radios with the flimsy plastic covering. At this price point, Boss could have improved this.
• Read the Manual for easier battery insertion so the cover clicks into place easily. There is a little secret. After connecting the battery, you hold the battery into the lid so that it fits in an exact position. Otherwise you will fiddle with it laying in the footswitch trying to get the battery to align so you can get the cover to click back into place without force.
• If it's plugged in....it's on. I have no problem with not having AC power as I have enough to plug in as it is. But if you mute your system to go have supper or taking a gig break....it's still on if you don't unplug it. And there is no way to tell how much charge you have left. When it dies it dies.
(I solve the 9 volt battery problem for my entire show by having rechargeable 9 volt charger and batteries. When I load up for gigs...I simply change batteries in everything my equipment and guitarnneeds before loading for each show to be sure there is always plenty for any gig. Has saved me a fortune buying batteries.
The best part for me has been mentioned in the reviews already. The ability to assign some functions (such as moving up and down the memory banks of my Boss RC 300 looper where I never have to unprofessionally bend down to turn knobs.
This is a good solid purchase for a good solid product. Again, pricey for being only a switch, but the quality is definitely there to likely never have to purchase another. And last and definitely not least.....instant shipping and superb service as always from zZounds. If you need quality and especially if you play and gig a lot....just go ahead and get the switch. It's a sound investment in your gear.
No sound.....if it makes a sound...something's wrong.
All mentioned in the written review
Ease of Use
Put a battery in it, plug it in, and step on it.
Also mentioned in the written review
A bit pricey for just footswitch but the quality makes it definitely worth pulling the trigger and purchasing.
Gave them the benefit of any doubt as I've never had to use them. I've seen other complaints on other forums of not so good response, but no way to verify this. If I ever have problems with them, I'll let you know.
The Wow Factor
It's a footswitch. If there is any Wow to it....that would be from whatever I have just pressed the pedal to create or do.
Professional Full Time Performing Solo Acoustic Musician Fingerstyle Guitar, Banjo Piano Vocals
Pop, Country, Classics. I also play Classical and Write Music for my own enjoyment
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