There are three main qualities that factor in when creating a great multi-effects unit: sound quality, versatility and simplicity. No one can deny that the multi-effects units available on the market today have come a long way in terms of sound quality and versatility. But the one area that most of these units fall short at is simplicity. However, Roland seems to be nailing it of late with its BOSS ME series multi-effects units. Today I take a look at BOSS’s latest offering, the ME-80.
Since releasing their first CE-1 Chorus Ensemble pedal in 1976, the BOSS Corporation has been a stalwart in the world of guitar effects. The latest addition to the company’s flagship GT series, the GT-100, is an absolute beast of an upgrade from BOSS’s last offering, the GT-10. Today we take a look at pros and the cons of the GT-100 to determine if it really is all the pedal it looks to be.
As far as guitar multi-effects units go, it’s increasingly rare to find units that combine both functionality and simplicity effectively. But that is exactly what BOSS and the Roland Company seem to have strived for with their ME line of pedals over the years. And with the ME-70 the designers at BOSS seem to have come pretty close to hitting the mark. Today we take an in-depth view into BOSS’s ME-70 multi-effects pedal.
The ME-25 is Boss’ update of the ME-20 and the smaller sibling of the ME-70. The most instantly appealing element of the pedal is its low price, but Boss has a reputation for quality, so you know right off the bat that this isn’t going to be a discount option. The GT series may dwarf the MEs when it comes to the number of footswitches and the array of options they provide, but that doesn’t mean you should discount them entirely.
The GT-10 was once Boss’ flagship multi-effects unit. It has since been surpassed by the GT-100, but the original still has a veritable army of fans and you could easily pick one up second-hand at a reduced price. If the advanced bells and whistles of the GT-100 seem too much for you, the GT-10 is a pretty legendary unit and still a respectable part of any guitarist’s set-up.