About Xotic Guitars & Effects

Celebrating 20 Years

THE XOTIC STORY

A Leading Innovator InSound, Design, and Tone.

The roots of Xotic go back to 1996 in a small garage in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California.

 

San Fernando Valley1998 Southern California

The one man company began by producing high-quality bass guitars and bass preamps. Xotic Basses needed a feature that set them apart from the competition and thus the built in Tri-Logic Bass Preamp was created.

Xotic's low profile side project donned a new innovative and creative invention. The Robotalk 1 became the first pedal yet to be called Xotic. It set the precedent of boutique build and tone that remains with Xotic today!

All pedals created are to be constructed equally … of the highest quality in build and tone.

All pedals created are to be constructed with premium quality parts, extraordinary durability, and with great functionality using only carefully selected components that are thoroughly tested by our engineers. This is what provides our instruments and accessories with their artistically satisfying sound.

 

Prosound Communications Inc. is EstablishedPCI Est. 2000

The Robotalk 1 experiment was met with great success from pro and gigging artists around the world. Then in August of 2000, in order to further grow Xotic as a brand, the corporation Prosound Communications Inc. (PCI) was established as a parent company to acquire the Xotic brand.

At this point, marketing of Xotic Effects finally started and the Robotalk 1 along with the Xotic guitars and basses were made in larger quantities to meet increasing demand.

PCI’s main focus was exporting of other US made brands to Japan to fund the continual manufacturing.

Xotic Effects IntroducesTremendous Trio

The very next year Prosound Communications Inc. expanded overseas to Japan. There, PCI Japan helped with importation and furthering sales of Xotic guitars, basses, and pedals which garnered respect as products with amazing quality of tone.

From 2002-2005, the little business grew slowly and steadily.

Over those three years the Xotic AC Booster, RC Booster, and BB Preamp were introduced as the Tremendous Trio. With amazing success in the newest offerings, PCI decided to focus on Xotic as a brand and shifted all exporting to PCI Japan.

 

With a breath of fresh air from the new dedication to Xotic a plethora of new basses, guitars, and effect pedals were introduced.

By 2009 Xotic's brand came to be more recognized throughout the market and the demand for its products became too great for PCI to stay working out of a tiny garage in San Fernando Valley. To make way for the future a change was needed and so PCI moved to its current production offices in Van Nuys, CA.

With its new headquarters established the company was enabled to kick into overdrive and by the end of the year Xotic released one of its best selling pedals to date, the Xotic EP Booster.

Today, Xotic continues to design and manufacture the world’s finest guitars, basses, and pedals. Xotic's promise to their customers is to design and make products that not only sound great but also inspire them as artists.

Given the testimonials from players all over the world, it is easy to see why players count on Xotic for its history of quality, innovation, and attention to tone!

Scott Henderson holding one of the first Robotalks

This was the turning point when collaborations with musical artists, to receive valuable input on the development of Xotic products and the true success of Xotic began!

Xotic Guitars, Basses, and Pedals

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Xotic Management PhilosophyProsound Communications Inc.(Xotic Guitars & Effects) strives through manufacturing and sales for musical instruments to grow and contribute to the global music fan on a long-term basis.

  1. Our work should be done for society and people. We do not cheat people or conduct business that may violate any laws.
  2. Our work should benefit both our company and our customers. We admonish any employees who sacrifice the customer in pursuit of the company's benefit.
  3. Our work should be unique and unlike any others. We do not follow fads. We strive to be different and unique from all businesses and services by other companies.
  4. Our work should satisfy the needs of our end-users. We are always aware of who our valued customers are and the needs we should fulfill.
  5. Our work should be enjoyed! We strive to create an enjoyable environment and always try to do our work with a smile.

THE HISTORY OF XOTIC PRODUCTS

1998Robotalk

Innovation and creativity came calling when the Robotalk 1 was designed and introduced by Xotic. With its random arpeggiator, envelope filter, and low-pass filter the Robotalk 1 was a hit with pro and gigging guitar players around the world.

More importantly, the Robotalk 1 set a precedent that remains with Xotic today, which calls all pedals to be constructed to have musically and artistically satisfying sound. The Robotalk 1 has been replaced by the Robotalk 2 (2009) and Robotalk-RI (2011).

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September 2002AC Booster

With its distinctive yellow color, the little box roared with over 20db of boost and the ability to beef up the sound of any size of amplifier.

With the addition of true bypass, treble, and bass controls, the pedal stood on its own as a force to be reckoned with, in the exploding boutique pedal market.

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November 2002RC Booster

Once again, with over 20db of clean transparent boost the pedal quickly got the reputation as one of the most transparent boosts on the market, so much so that players often have multiple RC Boosters on their pedal boards.

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January 2005BB Preamp

With its bright orange color and adjustable treble and bass controls, this pedal has a range from a clean boost to a blistering overdrive. The pedal quickly garnered a reputation among players, both pros and beginners, for satisfying tones of varying musical needs.

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September 2008Xotic Bass, XJ-1T

With features like push/pull volume knobs that allow the bass to go into passive mode for classic jazz bass sound, additional mid-frequency switches, and even an output gain control, the XJ-1T let artists dial in the bass to whatever sound needed.

Additionally, the XJ-1T utilizes the cutting edge Tri-Logic preamp that helps shape each players' unique sound.

Our office in Japan will assist you for all inquires for XJ-1T, XP-1T and XPJ-1T. Please contact the following: Prosound Communications Japan Att: Yuki Kurokawa japan@pci-jpn.com

September 2009EP Booster

The EP Booster was our first foray into the mini pedal market! With a discrete FET design and low impedance output, the EP Booster provides up to 20dB of unadulterated boost with shimmering highs and lows, and no ear fatigue. This pedal also saw the introduction of internal DIP switches which lets the user choose the boost frequencies and EQ settings. All this, yet the EP Booster is still able to be powered with a 9-volt battery!

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October 2012SP Compressor

Following the "lead" of the EP Boost, the SP Compressor was designed to be a mini pedal with a large sound.

Based off of the legendary Ross Compressor of the 70's, the SP Compressor features a wide variety of compressor tones from vintage to subtle, to modern, and more. It features true bypass switching, 9-volt battery power, and incorporated internal DIP switches for attack control.

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June 2013SL Drive

This overdrive pedal brings the all-time classic tones from legendary British amplifiers, the Super Lead & Super Bass, and puts them in the size of a mini pedal.

With the addition of four internal DIP switches, Xotic proved once again that tone and innovation work hand in hand.

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October 2013Xotic Bass, XPJ-1T Chuck Rainey Signature Model

Featuring an ash body with maple fingerboard, this bass is the result of collaboration between bass legend Chuck Rainey and Xotic.

Our office in Japan will assist you for all inquires for XJ-1T, XP-1T and XPJ-1T. Please contact the following: Prosound Communications Japan Att: Yuki Kurokawa japan@pci-jpn.com

November 2014Xotic Wah

Xotic took the wah pedal, deconstructed it, and reassembled it better than ever. Continuing the tradition of innovation and tone, this wah pedal features a 20% smaller size, bias, wah-Q, treble, and bass controls, plus internal DIP switches for even more tonal possibilities.

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October 2015Xotic Guitars, Xotic California Classic® XSC

The Xotic XSC guitars are hand built in the USA and feature nitrocellulose finish, flame roasted maple neck treated with oil for the ultimate in playability and Raw Vintage hand wound pickups based on Xotic's own proprietary design.

Body and guitar necks are premium grade tone woods for full lush lows and shimmering highs resulting organic, woody tones that works well with all styles of music.

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June 2016RC Booster V2

Xotic renews the RC Booster. The RCB-V2, inspired by the Scott Henderson RCB-SH model, now comes with an added gain channel for even fatter tones with a super transparent 20dB+ clean boost.

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October 2016Soul Driven

Xotic adds Soul Driven to the pedal lineup that features a mid-boost knob and tone knob that can be set from a super tight bottom end to “in your face” highs.

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July 2018All-Brass™ Cables

Xotic All-Brass™ patch cables retain the original tone and sustain of your instrument. We use a super low capacitance cable that results in low noise and high tone quality. Cables are hand soldered with rigid stress relief preventing breakdowns on the road and in the studio.

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October 2018Xotic Guitars, Xotic California Classic® XTC

Combining vibrant vintage tone and appearance with premium appointments, the Xotic California Classic® XTC series is a made in USA, vintage inspired guitar that unites the modern player with a time tested classic.

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2019The Future of Xotic

Even now there are more products being designed in our research and development department by innovators of tone. Look forward to the future of new and exciting Xotic creations!

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