Boss ES5 Effects Switching System


Small Footprint, Huge Advance in a Pedalboard

Practical and essential use options for typical guitarists and bassists.

  • Fully Programmable
  • Versatile Switching System
  • Analog Circuit Design
  • 200 Patch Memories
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Boss ES-5 Effects Switching System

  •     Programmable switching system with five loops
  •     Analog circuit design to protect your pure tone
  •     Unprecedented routing flexibility with the ability to change the routing order and create a parallel effect chain
  •     External control parameters such as delay time can be saved for each patch
  •     Buffers can be turned on/off individually for the input and output and stored in each patch; level variability for output buffer
  •     Highly reliable footswitches with switch-noise mute capability
  •     Backlit LCD display shows detailed information at a glance
  •     200 patch memories provide unmatched capability for actively gigging musicians
  •     Completely customizable pedal function assignments
  •     Pro-level practicality and creativity in a compact body

Unlimited Possibilities in Limited Space

Based on the same concept and features as the flagship ES-8, the ES-5 is pared down to offer more practical and essential use options for typical guitarists and bassists, and is drastically reduced in size to fit ready-made, standard-size boards. The innovation in creativity of pedalboard systems made possible by the ES-8 has become more available and affordable. Expand your board just by one size and incorporate the ES-5, then you are in for a whole new world of musical expression, not just another utility tool. From this day on, the use of stompboxes will never be the same.

    Small Footprint, Huge Advance in a Pedalboard

    The ES-5 is a powerful and versatile effects switching system that gives you complete control over a pedalboard. To start, you connect your pedals to the ES-5’s audio loops, and then activate the loops as needed to achieve various pedal combinations. The on/off state of each loop and many other parameters can be saved in a patch, allowing you to instantly change sounds without dancing around to press the switches on individual pedals. Your guitar tone is also maintained, because it only travels through an effect when it’s needed for a particular sound. Other loop switchers for pedals can accomplish the same thing. However, the ES-5 goes way beyond this core functionality, providing powerful routing flexibility, real-time control options, MIDI, and more in a space-saving unit. This gives you a great improvement for controlling effects that directly bring your creative ideas to life.
    Flex Your Routability with the ES-5

    One of the ES-5’s key features is its innovative routing flexibility, which provides the ability to easily rearrange the order of a chain of stompbox effects. This gives pro-level capability to access a wide array of effect combinations, offering total creative freedom to achieve unique sounds. In addition, the ES-5’s parallel chain function increases the effect combination options further, thereby expanding the final sound variation capability exponentially. What’s more, all of these programmed configurations can be saved for instant access during a live performance.
    Isn’t it about Time You Got Connected?

    Supporting the ES-5’s superior functionality is its comprehensive connectivity, which empowers this amazing switcher to do the job it does. In addition to the five effect loops on board, there are two TRS control output jacks and a TRS control/expression input jack. MIDI capability is also included for integrating seamlessly with MIDI-controlled stomp effects. These centralized controls make the ES-5 even more powerful as a total command center of sound creativity. Of course, as is consistent throughout the ES-5 system, all of these control settings are also storable.
    Protects the Purity of Your Precious Tone

    In addition to routing capability and connectivity, the ES-5 pays particular attention to sound quality. It’s designed in a way that does not contribute to sound deterioration, keeping your tone pure and free of noise. These results are accomplished by carefully designed analog circuitry developed with the know-how, experience, and design expertise of the BOSS engineering team. In further regard to tone pureness, the ES-5 is equipped with input and output buffers that can be turned on and off independently as needed to suit any rig. *The output buffer is combined with the onboard mixer for the parallel chain function.
    Pro-Level Design for Gig Durability

    The ES-5 effect switching system is more than just a smartly designed tool for the creation of awesome sounds. It is also a handsome piece of hardware that is going to look really good on your pedalboard. Built with durable mechanical functions in a road-tough design, the ES-5 combines huge technical innovations with small useful conveniences. Memory capability with 200 patches, a large display with extensive naming capacity, and robust responsive foot switches with full assignability are just a few of the features that even make this switcher the choice of the pros.


    Memory mode/Manual mode
Patch Memory
Nominal Input Level
    INPUT, RETURN 1–5: -10 dBu
Maximum Input Level
    INPUT, RETURN 1–5: +13 dBu
Input Impedance
    INPUT: 1 M ohm (Buffer: On)
Nominal Output Level
    SEND 1–5, OUTPUT, TUNER: -10 dBu
Maximum Output Level
    SEND 1–5, OUTPUT, TUNER: +13 dBu
Output Impedance
    OUTPUT, TUNER: 1 k ohm (Mixer: On)
Recommended Load Impedance
    10 k ohms or greater
    NUMBER 1–5 switch, BANK switch, MUTE switch
    EDIT button, WRITE button, – button, + button, DISPLAY/EXIT button, ENTER button, Cursor left button, Cursor right button
    16 characters, 2 lines (backlit LCD)
    NUMBER 1–5 indicator, BANK (MEMORY/MANUAL) indicator, MUTE indicator
    INPUT jack, SEND 1–5 jacks, RETURN 1–5 jacks, OUTPUT jack, TUNER jack: 1/4-inch phone type
    EXT CTL CTL 1/2, CTL 3/4 jacks, CTL IN EXP CTL 1/2 jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
    MIDI connectors (IN, OUT/THRU)
    DC IN jack
Power Supply
    AC adaptor
Current Draw
    125 mA
    AC adaptor
    Rubber foot x 4
    Owner's manual
Options (sold separately)
    Footswitch: FS-5U, FS-5L, FS-6, FS-7
    Expression pedal: FV-500L, FV-500H, Roland EV-5
Size and Weight
    337 mm
    13-5/16 inches
    97 mm
    3-7/8 inches
    68 mm
    2-11/16 inches
    1.3 kg
    2 lbs 14 oz.
* 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms