BOSS ES-5 Effects Switching System

BOSS ES-5 is based on the same concept and features as the flagship ES-8, and 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 BOSS 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.


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


Modes: Memory mode/Manual mode

Loops: 5

Patch Memory: 200

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

Display: 16 characters, 2 lines (backlit LCD

Indicator: 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

Width: 337 mm; 13-5/16 inches

Depth: 97 mm; 3-7/8 inches

Height: 68 mm; 2-11/16 inches

Weight: 1.3 kg; 2 lbs 14 oz.

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