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Momentary FS recommendations?
#3030758 02/27/20 08:33 PM
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I'm looking for recommendations for a good, durable Dual Momentary Footswitch, please. I mainly use them to control different FX parameters or switch between operating Modes on my Boss MFX & Looper.

The only pieces of Boss gear that have regularly failed on me have been the footswitches, both the FS-5L Latch FS, and the FS-5U Unlatch (Momentary) FS. In fairness, I don't think Boss really makes them - I've seen the same product sold as a generic FS under the name Bespeco or something similar - but nonetheless, they give out after normal, not even heavy use. Most recently, one of them started randomly flipping my GT-10 between Play Mode and Tuner/Bypass Mode a while back. Fortunately, I discovered this while sitting at home, not during a performance.

The Boss footswitches aren't terribly expensive, and they haven't all failed on me, but this is probably the fourth one that's developed the exact same problem. I know there are plenty of Dual Footswitches out there for Channel & Reverb switching on Amps, but they're generally Latch/Toggle style switches, and the Boss DSP favors Momentary Switches for the GT-10 & RC-50; just to be perverse, the GT-3 requires the FS-5L. Inexpensive as they are, their failure rate has been consistent enough that I'd really like to try something else. FWIW, I'm good to my gear: everything lives in a case or heavy-duty travel bag when it's not in active use, I keep everything clean, dry and properly powered, so it's not dirt, moisture or any of those likely issues. To be honest, I haven't wanted to even try Boss' FS-6 Dual Footswitch, because I suspect one side or the other will fail, if it's built with the same kind of switch as the others.

So, favorite footswitches, anyone? What do you like?


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Re: Momentary FS recommendations?
Winston Psmith #3030770 02/27/20 10:20 PM
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I have 2 of the FS-5U footswitches, using with my Roland Cube amp. So far so good but your experience with these is not promising.
I am also able to use my Boss GA-FC(B) with the Cube (I got that with my Katana), but it has 6 footswitches and I have no idea how you would program it since the connecting cable is TRS 1/4".

That at least has more standard footswitches that would be easy to replace, plus there are already spares. Kinda big of you only need a couple though...
I've had no problem with it either but I've only had it for a couple of years.

Will be watching this thread to see what others suggest. Cheers, Kuru


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Re: Momentary FS recommendations?
KuruPrionz #3030785 02/27/20 11:45 PM
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@KuruPrionz - Thanks for the suggestion. I looked at the GA-FC, and I'm not certain how it would behave with the GT-10? It doesn't seem that the added switches would give me any added benefit, within the DSP architecture of the GT-3 or GT-10. BTW, the CTL (Control) In jack on the GT series is a TRS jack, and I use a TRS-to-Dual-TS cable to connect 2 FS units that way.

FWIW, I've had my GT-3 since July 2001, and I've used up maybe 2 FS-5L's with it, both of which I'd since replaced. OTOH, I've only had my GT-10 since 2012, and been through another 2 or 3 FS-5U's with it, looking back through my receipt file. The one that's malfunctioning now will make it 3 or 4, although if memory serves, it will be #4. That's another $120+/- in just under 8 years. Not enough to break the bank, but I've had other FS's from other companies last much longer, under regular use.


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