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Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal 

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The long-awaited follow up to the BOSS GT-10 has arrived.

Meet the new BOSS effects flagship, the BOSS GT-100. The GT-100 Amp/Effects Processor boasts next-generation amp modeling that re-creates vintage amps and provides new COSM tones that soar into the future with the dynamics, tone and feel you'd expect from a boutique unit. User interface is improved by a dual-LCD system, while EZ Tone has been enhanced with newly designed Amp Customize and OD/DS Customize features. The GT-100 is a powerhouse processor that spans from classic to futuristic in a friendly, rugged and roadworthy unit.

Advanced COSM Amps: beyond vintage
With its next-generation COSM processor, the BOSS GT-100 offers all-new sonic capabilities. Recreating the meticulous details of vintage amps and how they behave, the GT-100 excels in not only cloning classic amps, but provides a new world of unimagined tones as well. The Amp Customize function lets you mutate classic amps beyond reality.

Easy to use
The GT-100's unique dual-LCD and eight-knob user interface provides fast access and intuitive control. There are no menus to navigate. The tone-customizing functionality has been improved as well. All patches, amps, and overdrive/distortions can be created from scratch or customized with the graphical Tone Grid.

New A/B Channel Divide
Another new feature onboard the GT-100 Amp Effects Processor is the versatile A/B Channel Divide. Assign different amps and effects to each channel, divide the signal by dynamics and frequency, with each channel capable of driving its own effects and amps settings. Assign smooth, mild lead tones to the mid-to-high pitches, for example, and heavy, cutting tones to the lower notes.

New tonal possibilities with the Accel pedal
A new dimension of expression is available with the Accel pedal, which enables control of multiple parameters simultaneously, as well as time-variant effects such as Feedbacker, S-Bend and Twist. Experiment with creative combinations of parameters, interacting in real time with the pedal.

FEATURES
  • Advanced COSM amps that model vintage amp tones and delivers never-before-heard tones
  • Improved EZ Tone with graphical Tone Grid for constructing new patches
  • AMP Customize and OD/DS Customize lets you easily create original amps and overdrive/distortion by customizing their behavior
  • Newly developed ACCEL pedal for simultaneous control of multiple parameters
  • 2 LCD displays (132 x 64 dots, backlit LCD)
  • MIDI connectors (in, out)
  • 44 effects
  • Program memories: 400 (200 user + 200 preset)

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SPECIFICATIONS

GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

  • Type: Multi-FX
  • Instrument input: 1/4-inch phone type
  • Aux in stereo: stereo miniature phone type
  • AMP control jack: 1/4" phone type
  • SUB jack output: 1/4" TRS phone type
  • EXT loop jacks (send/return): 1/4" phone type
  • 3"H x 21"W x 11"D
  • 11 lb.
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BossGT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 37 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (30)
  • Excellent sound quality (28)
  • Versatile (27)
  • Responsive (25)
  • Compact (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (28)
  • Home studio (26)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Professional recording (17)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Plays well WITH amp

Like most, I have had ton of different setups over my years of playing. I have always wanted a nice, budget friendly multi-effects unit that integrates with my amp - not to replace...Read complete review

Like most, I have had ton of different setups over my years of playing. I have always wanted a nice, budget friendly multi-effects unit that integrates with my amp - not to replace it. The GT-100 works beautifully in this regard (and also surprised me at how well it could replace my amp, too!).

For me, the best thing about this is that I can easily take the GT, my guitar, and my amp (or any amp with a decent clean channel) and happily have a jam or play a gig with minimal fuss. I don't even need to setup a bunch of patches - I just setup a couple patches as different 'pedalboard' layouts and use the unit in Manual Mode. The global EQ can compensate for any difference between amps/rooms and can be quickly adjusted.

The icing for me was the fact that the amp sims and overdrives sound REALLY good and are very useable with an actual amp. I could never get the HD500X to sound near as good as the GT does with all of my amps (using the 4CM). The HD500X might be great for going direct or recording, but if you want to use a multi-effects with an actual amp (in my case, a Blackstar HT-40 or Crate VFX5112 or VFX5212), the GT-100 is the choice - hands down.

Likes:
- Can control my amp channels from the unit (and save the amp setting in patches)
- OD and amp simulations sound better to me than the HD500X when using them with in the 4CM - I feel they are WAY more useable with an actual amp
- Effects are standard BOSS quality re: excellent
- Very easy to use and make quick adjustments
- Super flexible footswitch assignments - can have one footswitch control multiple parameter changes across all effects and a can freely assign what each footswitch does (in Manual Mode)
- Power button! (are you kidding me Line 6...)
- Easy to read and useful display
- Great polyphonic tuner with the v2.0 update

No Likes:
- Effect blocks can be placed anywhere you want, but there are dedicated effects blocks for Comp, OD, Chorus, Delay, Reverb that can't be changed, leaving you with only two available blocks for "other" effects (HD500X will let you put any effect in any of the 8 available blocks - but you can easily run out of DSP depending on what effects are used)
- I like 3PDT footswitches, but understand why BOSS used this type of footswitch
- Would like some sort of physical feedback when clicking on the expression pedal
-

No opinion:
- Looper isn't as nice as the HD500X, but is still very usable for a multi-effects unit (if you are really into looping, you need a dedicated looper anyway)
- No XLR outs (I don't & won't ever go direct)
- No Stereo FX send/return (don't use stereo effects and if I did the GT would be handling them anyhow)
- Have no clue how it compares to the HD500X for recording - don't use either of them for that purpose

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as good as it should have been.

I really wanted to like this unit. I still really want to like it. At the end of the day, it is so close to being the device I really wanted to own,...Read complete review

I really wanted to like this unit. I still really want to like it. At the end of the day, it is so close to being the device I really wanted to own, but unfortunately, after using it for 3 weeks, I decided it just wasn't cutting the mustard. Let me explain.

I play a mix of styles, and I play in a mix of bands. In some bands, I play acoustic, and in some bands I play electric. I really wanted a pedal board that could in some ways, complement both. Unfortunately, this unit is rubbish when combined with my acoustic guitars, and the reason is that there is no true bypass. That means, that there is no way to get an untouched, virgin sound out of your guitar when you are plugged into this thing. My acoustic plugged into my Fishman loudbox is a thing of beauty, and unfortunately, no matter how I tried, I could not get close to that crystal clear, poignant, yet rich tone that I get just running direct into the amp through the GT-100. No matter what you do, the tone is altered, and there is no way around that. The lack of a true bypass is a completely stupid oversight and is pretty inexcusable. Moving on..

I did some nice recordings with this thing while I had it. It can, when you fuss with it, really produce some good quality tones. I enjoyed the software that came with it, and found that it was easy to work with, well thought out, and again, mighty close to exactly what I was looking for. I can't knock this unit on this front. Customizing tones with this unit when it is connected to computer via the Tone studio, is a great time. I was able to learn it quickly, and I was able to get some great sounds out of it.

Still, the bulk of this unit is designed for the true Hard Rock and Metal guitarists out there. You know, the ones you always see thrashing away every time you walk into Guitar Center. If you are one of these people, you are pretty much going to love this unit. It was designed for your after all. If you are like me, and you like to play mostly clean guitar, but are in search of new tones to add to your bag of tricks, fatten your sound slightly here and there, add some delay, some envelope filter, some phase, some light sustain when the moment calls.. Then this unit can do that, but only about 10% of it was designed for you. And ok, that is also fine, because even the 10% that you get, is still a fun time. The effects are quality, and the unit is easy to use. You can spend an afternoon perfecting that sound you are after, and in some cases, you can come super close to achieving it... Maybe if there was one more soft compression unit, or clean tube pre-amp model included, but alas.. Plus, there is no clean bypass, so... moving on..

Ok, I was also encouraged that there was a looper bundled into this thing. I do a bit of looping, and used to own the Boss RC20xl back before it got stolen. I was excited to get the ability to loop back along with a bunch of other tricks, in one amazing pedal. But, you are limited to just 35 seconds. It might even be less than that. Seriously?? This is 2014, and this unit costs like half a grand. For that kind of dough, and the fact that there is an entire pedal on this device dedicated to the looper, there should have been far more function here. It is almost as though Roland added this feature as an after thought, or just because they knew it would look good on paper, but they did so in a very limited way, so those who are still serious about looping, will have to go out and buy a dedicated unit, preferably theirs. If you are going to dedicate an entire pedal on this 6 pedal unit to the looper, at least give us like 2 minutes of dedicated looping capability. Minimum!! Too often, I found myself trying to lay down a base rhythm track, only to get cut off before it was completed, and this was just friggin stupid! No excuse for this really! Why not just create the unit everyone wants, and sell the heck out of it? Why intentionally limit your device and your customers? Moving on.

Over all, I think this unit is as good as anything I am aware of that is out there in one device. If the right unit were created, which this could easily have been, I'd be up for buying it in a heart beat. As it was, I sadly returned this unit after owning it for 3 weeks, even though a big part of me did not want to. I know the unit of my dreams, does not exist at this time, and this is the closest thing to it. Still, I just could not justify throwing down that kind of dough for something that was so glaringly intentionally limited. I'd love to have a cup of Joe with the folks that designed this thing some day, so I could really give them a piece of my mind...

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(22 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not as good as it should have been.

By musiclover

from Oregon

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Built For The Thrashers
  • Looper Limited To 35 Sec
  • Not Enough Clean Tones
  • No True Bypass

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Good For Studio
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

I really wanted to like this unit. I still really want to like it. At the end of the day, it is so close to being the device I really wanted to own, but unfortunately, after using it for 3 weeks, I decided it just wasn't cutting the mustard. Let me explain.

I play a mix of styles, and I play in a mix of bands. In some bands, I play acoustic, and in some bands I play electric. I really wanted a pedal board that could in some ways, complement both. Unfortunately, this unit is rubbish when combined with my acoustic guitars, and the reason is that there is no true bypass. That means, that there is no way to get an untouched, virgin sound out of your guitar when you are plugged into this thing. My acoustic plugged into my Fishman loudbox is a thing of beauty, and unfortunately, no matter how I tried, I could not get close to that crystal clear, poignant, yet rich tone that I get just running direct into the amp through the GT-100. No matter what you do, the tone is altered, and there is no way around that. The lack of a true bypass is a completely stupid oversight and is pretty inexcusable. Moving on..

I did some nice recordings with this thing while I had it. It can, when you fuss with it, really produce some good quality tones. I enjoyed the software that came with it, and found that it was easy to work with, well thought out, and again, mighty close to exactly what I was looking for. I can't knock this unit on this front. Customizing tones with this unit when it is connected to computer via the Tone studio, is a great time. I was able to learn it quickly, and I was able to get some great sounds out of it.

Still, the bulk of this unit is designed for the true Hard Rock and Metal guitarists out there. You know, the ones you always see thrashing away every time you walk into Guitar Center. If you are one of these people, you are pretty much going to love this unit. It was designed for your after all. If you are like me, and you like to play mostly clean guitar, but are in search of new tones to add to your bag of tricks, fatten your sound slightly here and there, add some delay, some envelope filter, some phase, some light sustain when the moment calls.. Then this unit can do that, but only about 10% of it was designed for you. And ok, that is also fine, because even the 10% that you get, is still a fun time. The effects are quality, and the unit is easy to use. You can spend an afternoon perfecting that sound you are after, and in some cases, you can come super close to achieving it... Maybe if there was one more soft compression unit, or clean tube pre-amp model included, but alas.. Plus, there is no clean bypass, so... moving on..

Ok, I was also encouraged that there was a looper bundled into this thing. I do a bit of looping, and used to own the Boss RC20xl back before it got stolen. I was excited to get the ability to loop back along with a bunch of other tricks, in one amazing pedal. But, you are limited to just 35 seconds. It might even be less than that. Seriously?? This is 2014, and this unit costs like half a grand. For that kind of dough, and the fact that there is an entire pedal on this device dedicated to the looper, there should have been far more function here. It is almost as though Roland added this feature as an after thought, or just because they knew it would look good on paper, but they did so in a very limited way, so those who are still serious about looping, will have to go out and buy a dedicated unit, preferably theirs. If you are going to dedicate an entire pedal on this 6 pedal unit to the looper, at least give us like 2 minutes of dedicated looping capability. Minimum!! Too often, I found myself trying to lay down a base rhythm track, only to get cut off before it was completed, and this was just friggin stupid! No excuse for this really! Why not just create the unit everyone wants, and sell the heck out of it? Why intentionally limit your device and your customers? Moving on.

Over all, I think this unit is as good as anything I am aware of that is out there in one device. If the right unit were created, which this could easily have been, I'd be up for buying it in a heart beat. As it was, I sadly returned this unit after owning it for 3 weeks, even though a big part of me did not want to. I know the unit of my dreams, does not exist at this time, and this is the closest thing to it. Still, I just could not justify throwing down that kind of dough for something that was so glaringly intentionally limited. I'd love to have a cup of Joe with the folks that designed this thing some day, so I could really give them a piece of my mind...

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very nice

By PopaJo

from Ottawa

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I love it. I had a Boss ME-70, it's the same type of set up procedures. Very similar programming but just a lot more options. It has, more pedals to select, and in manual, much more switching power. Very easy to adjust to your own particular sound; I didn't have to read the manual to get started, it's a man thing but I like it. Mine is plugged into two tube amps so the amp modeling was not a big thing for me, I just had to make sure the modeling was bypassed.

    The sound possibilities are heavenly.

    CONS: Don't sell your looper yet, like on the ME-70 the loop is only 38 second, with the price of memory I think it's a big flaw not to make it at least a couple of minutes, then the artist is not scared/limited of running out of time.

    CONS2: The preprogrammed sound are mostly for rockers, I wish they would have had more for Blues/Jazz/Old rock guys like me. Mind you I can easily get the sound I want by playing with the adjustments but, I wish they would have helped me a little more.
    So because of the short looper and mostly heavy rock programming, I'll give it a 9/10.

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wake up and upgrade to this model

    By GianniShreds

    from Forest Hills, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      I've been an owner of the Boss GT line since the GT-6. Previous version had its limitations however GT-100 is like comparing day and night. I perform live and also record professionally. I've had the GT-100 for a week and sound quality is awesome regardless of using headphones, digital amp, tube amp or PA. Very easy to customize based on output selected. I've been playing for 30+ years and work hard to obtain the quality of sound that represents my style.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Plays well WITH amp

      By scheelio

      from Marshall, MN

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Limited Effect Slots

      Best Uses

      • 4cm With Amp
      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      Like most, I have had ton of different setups over my years of playing. I have always wanted a nice, budget friendly multi-effects unit that integrates with my amp - not to replace it. The GT-100 works beautifully in this regard (and also surprised me at how well it could replace my amp, too!).

      For me, the best thing about this is that I can easily take the GT, my guitar, and my amp (or any amp with a decent clean channel) and happily have a jam or play a gig with minimal fuss. I don't even need to setup a bunch of patches - I just setup a couple patches as different 'pedalboard' layouts and use the unit in Manual Mode. The global EQ can compensate for any difference between amps/rooms and can be quickly adjusted.

      The icing for me was the fact that the amp sims and overdrives sound REALLY good and are very useable with an actual amp. I could never get the HD500X to sound near as good as the GT does with all of my amps (using the 4CM). The HD500X might be great for going direct or recording, but if you want to use a multi-effects with an actual amp (in my case, a Blackstar HT-40 or Crate VFX5112 or VFX5212), the GT-100 is the choice - hands down.

      Likes:
      - Can control my amp channels from the unit (and save the amp setting in patches)
      - OD and amp simulations sound better to me than the HD500X when using them with in the 4CM - I feel they are WAY more useable with an actual amp
      - Effects are standard BOSS quality re: excellent
      - Very easy to use and make quick adjustments
      - Super flexible footswitch assignments - can have one footswitch control multiple parameter changes across all effects and a can freely assign what each footswitch does (in Manual Mode)
      - Power button! (are you kidding me Line 6...)
      - Easy to read and useful display
      - Great polyphonic tuner with the v2.0 update

      No Likes:
      - Effect blocks can be placed anywhere you want, but there are dedicated effects blocks for Comp, OD, Chorus, Delay, Reverb that can't be changed, leaving you with only two available blocks for "other" effects (HD500X will let you put any effect in any of the 8 available blocks - but you can easily run out of DSP depending on what effects are used)
      - I like 3PDT footswitches, but understand why BOSS used this type of footswitch
      - Would like some sort of physical feedback when clicking on the expression pedal
      -

      No opinion:
      - Looper isn't as nice as the HD500X, but is still very usable for a multi-effects unit (if you are really into looping, you need a dedicated looper anyway)
      - No XLR outs (I don't & won't ever go direct)
      - No Stereo FX send/return (don't use stereo effects and if I did the GT would be handling them anyhow)
      - Have no clue how it compares to the HD500X for recording - don't use either of them for that purpose

      (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome

      By JD

      from Bullhead City, AZ

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          Got this unit shortly after it was released. Have not been disappointed. It is built like a tank and very easy to navigate. I used it in front of my stock fender pro junior 3 tube amp as a effect unit only because the tube amp colors the sound of the gt100 amp models. So I got myself Alto ts10 pa speaker and I will test that combo when it gets here. I did use headphones with the gt100 and its amp models sounded better than going thru my tube amp.

          This is my first multi-effect unit so I can't compare it sound wise with others on the market. I think the next step up would be the kemper modeller for me. I just wanted something cheap and functional for now and this gt100 delivers. I didn't like the hd500's navigation screen. I didn't like the fixed routing on other units like digitech's, etc. 11rack was too expensive and needs a foot controller. I think this gt100 is the best of all of them because it does so many things well. Love the strong foot pedal and push. buttons. I updated mine to latest firmware and it was easy to do following roland's instruction on their website.

          I don't use any of the stock presets and I build my own from scratch. Very easy and fun to do. Definitely recommend downloading extra documentation like parameters info from roland's website. The unit comes with a basic manual to get you started. No software or usb cable included. It's a very flexible unit and anyone who digs deep into the unit will find a way to do most of what they need to do.

          (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Lots of work but well worth it

          By Ricardo Bacardi

          from Montreal

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

            Finally used my GT-100 with a pair of Roland 80XL amps to get a full stereo sound on stage at the club I played over the weekend. Running stereo into the house PA too. Sounded great!
            Had many tubes amps that I liked (most recently the EVH 50 watt head) but just weren't practical when I need to play 45-50 cover songs in a night. I had considered the Roland JC-120 but I'm reading the older models sound better. But I want reliability so a 25 year old amp is not for me when I'm making money every weekend. Also, two of the Roland 80XL amps are easier to carry than one big JC-120 and I get a better separation (stereo) effect by placing them further apart than the JC-120 speaker set-up allows. Someone commented on the sound of the guitar this past weekend, saying it sounded just like the CD. That's cool and all but my aim was to have a couple of different sounds in the ballpark of each tunes sound. I'm not a note for note player unless it's a melody line I need to follow. I like to improvise on stage a bit. But I don't want to do a 3 minute solo either. I play for the song. The GT-100 was a lot of work but the sounds I get are far superior to the Boss GT-8 which I owned at least 3 separate times hoping it would sound better with each new rig I had. A live gig is always going to be the determining factor in whether or not a rig, or even a pedal sticks around. Boss GT-100 into a pair of the Roland 80XL is easy to set up, sounds are already set with the GT-100 and easy to take down at 3:00am!

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Like GT 10, except better

            By Keyboard J

            from N. California

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Eliminates "tap dancing"
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Price
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              Similar to the GT-10 (though definitely improved), this multi-effect pedal delivers everything Boss/Roland promises. The manual mode is great at providing the sense of having 8 stomp boxes at your feet at once. Other great features include the amp control (which allows you to switch channels on your amplifier if the amp is recognized by the GT-100). Also, the accel-function is a new nice little addition to the board.

              There is almost too much to alter with within each patch: eq (pre and post effects), pedal functions, compression, distortion/overdrive, amp-modelling, noise gates, delay, chorus, reverb, effects (tremlo, slicer, flanger, phaser, etc), and much more. I've been using this device for about 20+ play hours and am still finding new features to adjust. The Dual Screen (new to GT100) is really helpful.

              Boss really made this multi-effect pedal versatile while also more simple to use than the GT-10.

              Great pedal. I would recommend it for anyone regardless of genre. This device produces great tone for Rock, Blues, Alternative, Metal, etc.

              Gear:
              ESP LTD ---> GT-100 ---> Roland JC 120
              I also use an MXR Noise Gate (for quick adjustment during occurrence of unwanted hiss and hum) as well as Boss Power Stack pedal for additional distortion options.

              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Boss GT-100

              By beejayiam

              from California

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              Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              First go to Roland and download their Floorboard, Driver, and Library software for the Gt-100. Using the software will make it super easy to Customize the sound you like for YOUR rig. Also most of the GT-10 patches on the Internet will work perfectly with your new toy which means almost any sound is readily available to you. I've only had mine for a little over a week but with my blues Jr amp and Fender Am. Strat I can get everything from Eric Johnson to Van Halen. What more do you want....

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Incredible Tone

              By Marcus

              from Tulsa

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Program
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • I Can't Think Of Any

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              This is probably one of the best effects pedals out there. I have been using it for about 8 months now. I did a show last week and everyone commented on how great my guitar tone was. Before buying the GT-100 I was using Line 6 Pod products. In my opinion this sounds better than those pedals.

              One of the keys to making this pedal sound good is to select what you plug it into in the settings section. If you selected that you are plugged into a P.A. system when you are really plugged into a guitar amp then this thing will not sound as good. You need to select what you are plugged into in the settings. I actually plug this into a Makie mixer and I am using two QSC K12 mains. This thing sound incredible through that system.

              You can download software from Boss that makes programming custom patches simple and easy. I programmed some incredible acoustic patches. Besides the typical effects like reverb, delay, and chorus Roland includes FX1 and FX2 in every patch. These categories have a wide range of effects to choose from. I used the Acoustic processor to make my acoustic patches. I used the guitar sim to make my electric sound like an acoustic. There is also a Defretter effect that makes your guitar sound like a fretless instrument. This quickly became one of my favorite effects for acoustic and clean electric tones. I really enjoy everything this pedal can do and it has been the best gear purchase I made all year!

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great MFX Pedal. Poor Looper

              By VypalonG

              from Tucson AZ

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Looping

              Best Uses

                Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                I would have given it five stars if not for the terrible looper. Looper only gives you 38 seconds and you can't add removable memory. Looper doesn't show you how much time you have left, which is a shame considering the Fender G-DEC 3 Thirty does. Also, the need to double tap any button is a major inconvenience, especially if you miss the double tap window: too fast or too slow counts as a single tap! Ouch! In practical terms, you could find yourself overdubbing when you meant to stop. The "Accel" button is totally useless. The whole point of getting a pedal like this is to customize your own sound, so the notion of using the Accel pedal to "change the sound and intensity over time" is idiotic. On the bright side, you can reassign the Accel pedal. The expression pedal is horrible for wah wah effects because it isn't spring loaded (get a proper Dunlop CryBaby instead), but it comes in handy for crude volume control. Other than the annoying features I've listed, this is a really nice MFX pedal.

                (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Big Disapointment

                By Winobob Wetpants

                from Jug Bottom

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                Pros

                • Built Boss Tough
                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality

                Cons

                • Limited Selection Of Effects
                • No Ab Switch Included
                • No A-b Switch Included
                • Not Versatile
                • Preset Patches Are Lame

                Best Uses

                • Playing Top 40 Covers

                Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                I REALLY wanted to like this. I've always loved Boss pedals. I play through a Roland (who own Boss) JC-120 amp for 30 years. I've never had a single problem with it and still love everything about it (except the distortion effect). But all the GT-100 feels like, is a series of old pedals packed into one unit. It seems restrictive in that you can't use the same type of pedal more than once when putting a preset together (i.e. multiple distortion units, delays or reverbs for shoegaze or ambient sounds). If you can do this, I'm sorry, but I can't figure out how to. The software librarian is nostalgic in that it looks like it was meant to be used with Cakewalk v.1 on Window 3! The USB interface has alot of latency when connecting to your computer (I thus have to go direct in through my sound card and use one of it's channel inputs up).

                All the above is very sad because this should and very well could have been a great unit. With the arrival of VST based units such as Amplitube, Guitar Rig, Pod Farm and so on, the sky's the limit for stacking pedals and building the exact sound you want. Frankly, for the high cost of unit, you're basically buying a computer in a heavy duty box with pedals attached. So why not let it have the same capability and adaptability as its software based competition? If it did, these units would fly off the shelves!

                The GT-100 (like most Roland / Boss gear) is actually built very tough and can take some abuse! Every gigging musician would drool over the opportunity to have the power this unit should without worrying about ruining their PC/Mac. The all in one concept also lets you chain fx without all the extra noise that comes with patching individual analog pedals together with analog chords.

                The GT-100 unit comes with 200 preset slots and 200 for users to fill themselves. Most of the presets sound old and have been heard countless times on countless units. I really don't want to sound like Boston or Dire Straits or even Eric Clapton or The Edge. I haven't wanted to play Hotel California, Aqualung or Highway to Hell for at least 20 years already.

                The other feature I was looking forward to was the ability to use the board to control fx individually like a true pedalboard. While you sort of can do this, it appears you only have access to about 4 fx at a time instead of being able to assign all 8 switches to different fx units.

                Come on Boss / Roland - Get it together and move into the 21st Century and give us our money's worth of new sounds! Also, for the high cost of this unit why cant Boss give you a friggin' A/B switch? As usual, they're always out to get you for even more money no matter how much you spend. Many of the importable presets from the iconic GT-10 will require the purchase of an A/B switch in order to make use of that function and hear the second channel without switching through the computer or bending down to the ground and figuring out which of the 8 dials dies the job.

                In summary, the unit definitely sounds good and is built Boss tough. However, the onboard presets are a huge disappointment as is the lack of ability to really set up your own presets using multiple incidences of the same pedal.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                From 4 to 5 Stars

                By VypalonG

                from Tucson AZ

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                Pros

                • Amp Substitute
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Accel Ctl Pedal
                • Looper
                • Phrase Loop Pedal

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                I previously gave this unit 4 out of 5 stars, but I am now upgrading it to a full 5 stars, especially after playing with it some more. This unit basically replaces all of your effects pedals AND amplifiers!!! So, instead of getting that Marshall stack or Fender Twin, you can invest in a very nice PA system and mixer instead. The built-in pre-amp faithfully reproduces vintage and modern amplifier sounds (you must choose the correct output first under the "SYSTEM" menu); hook it up to your PA system or guitar amp and you can get big sounds without the big guitar amps. You can also use it like a pedal board, with a barrel load of simulated stomp boxes that you can turn on an off by stomping on them in "Manual" mode. You can turn off the pre-amp if you're actually using a very nice amp (ahem, Marshall JVM or Fender Twin class). The looper is every bit as horrible as I've described it in my previous review, but I realize that the GT-100 wasn't really designed for looping after all (they have the RC series loopers for that). That's a shame, because I really like to solo over a looping rhythm track. The menus are a breeze to navigate and the user guide is a rather thin and much appreciated booklet, instead of the typical doorstop-type book. The patches are easy to create and store and copy-and-paste and transfer and DELETE ("Initialize" will delete a patch). Because the "ACCEL/CTL" and "PHRASE/LOOP" pedals are thoroughly useless and just make the footprint of this unit 25% wider than it needs to be, you can make the pedals useful again by reassigning them--this is especially useful in "MANUAL" mode, where the pedals act like stomp boxes (you can simulate up to 8 stomp boxes!). The GT-100 represents a tremendous value for what it was designed to do (it was definitely NOT designed to be a looper at all). The only reason I upgraded my review was because I got to know the unit some more and discovered that it played nice with my Fender G-DEC3 Thirty modeling amp and the G-DEC3's awesome Phrase Loop function (coupled with the ULT-4 foot switch).

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect pedalboard replacement!!

                By Bhargis

                from Dallas, TX

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                  This thing is amazing. So many features. I got it in a trade. Was looking to stop the tapdancing fiasco going on with my pedal board. The Gt100 is intricate, yet simple. Navigation is easy as cake, but there is so much to navigate. It might appear daunting and intimidating to the usual analog stompbox guy, but she's a gentle giant when you treat her right. I use this to change the channels on my amp and turn effects on/off. I use a Laney Ironheart 120 so I love my lead tones, but I often use many different effects on my cleans to give them some flavor. So I hooked this up and went to the task of writing my signal chain and saving my patches and banks. It has lush choruses,silky smooth and echoing delays, a piercing dynamic wah, sweeping phasers and flagers, and many many more. Heed this, if you're impatient, this isn't for you. If you take your time with this and tweak the knobs and go through everything you can get this to do whatever you want it to. It works perfect for me in going from my dry lead tone to say a clean signal with some chorus and delay; all with just one tap of a button! I don't plug it into my computer or do any of the software stuff with it, I don't use midi either. I just hook it up using the "4 cable method." Replaced my pedal board completely. But like I said earlier, you have to take your time with it to get the good tone you want out of it. It'll give back what you put into it. If you think you can just hook it up and go with whats already there you may find yourself wanting to get rid of it, keyword is MAY though, tone is purely subjective. This thing has plenty of tone so if you like experimenting you'll love this unit. I love the headphone feature. I have a few patches saved using the amp cosm modeling, and it works perfect. When my newborn is sleeping I can plug in with my headphones and play without waking him or my wife up. It also came with a great carry bag, perfect for travel. Visiting the in-laws, all I need is my guitar, headphones, a cable, and this unit. A perfect escape without worrying about making too much noise. Since I've gotten this unit, I've written 16 songs. It has inspired me to play more. I highly recomend you to try it out. Remember take your time with it and it will be perfect. I couldn't be happier with this unit. Hope this helps.

                  (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Boss should be ashamed

                  By Cash

                  from Cash

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design

                  Cons

                  • Less amp models
                  • Limited Selection Of Effects
                  • No way to update
                  • Overpriced
                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                  I have been a long time Boss fan but I must say this one disappointed me. Boss is offering less than they have in previous products but they say now they have better sound quaulity, but to me it only looks prettier. They should also be ashamed to charge more but offer less than their competitors. And put out something that will update or the competitors are going to kill you.

                  (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Disappointing Minor Update

                  By NAZ

                  from AZ

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                  Pros

                  • Build Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                    I bought a GT-100 in the hopes I could replace my Avid Eleven Rack (11R) and POD HD500 with one better sounding all in one floor unit. Unfortunately the GT-100 is a big disappointment overal. The amp modeling for the most part is not as good as the HD500 and is far behind the 11R. Some of the effects are a little better than those on the HD500, but mostly not as good as the 11R (11R has fewer effects than either of the other units). The software librarian the GT comes with looks like it is straight out the 80's and there is no computer editor. The highlights of the GT-100 are the build quality, user interface and some of the effects. But for the most important thing to me, amp modeling, it is outclassed by the competition, some of which are much less expensive.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    So Perfect

                    By Long Row

                    from Oklahoma

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                    Pros

                    • Just The Best

                    Cons

                    • None None None

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Everything
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                    I started with Boss stomp boxes (you can run over those things with a Semi, seriously) and about 15 years ago moved to the GT-5. Loved it.

                    Recently moved to this GT-100 and it is everything the GT-5 was and a bit better because it is just a bit more user friendly. So you get every Boss stomp box, extremely durable case, and very user friendly for the price of about 4 stomp boxes. Great deal.

                    I use this GT-100 (as I did before with the GT-5) as my amp really. I use 2 Fender solid state amps just to boost the volume (they work great as they are so clean they don't change your tone) and create my sound with the GT-100 and send a stereo signal to the 2 amps. It works so well.

                    I constantly get comments about how people can't believe I get that sound from those amps, but it's not the amps, it's the Boss GT-100 (or the GT-5 as I had before), the amp is just a volume boost.

                    I love Boss products and this GT-100 is so good I'm weeping as I write this, haha.

                    If you're thinking about it, wondering if it is worth the price, go for it, it is just the best!

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    amazing value

                    By organism

                    from boston, ma

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Good Selection Of Effects
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                      I'm the owner of a boss gt-10 as well as the new gt-100. many people have stated not to buy the gt-100 if you already own the gt-10, however i couldnt recomend upgrading enough seeing as the gt-100 has a much more life like amp selection, they have successfully eliminated the "cocked wah" syndrome of the gt-10, and manual mode makes the switching power enough for any 30-60 minute set. if you put this amp into the power return of a good tube amp, the possibilities are endless. i go through a peavey 6505+ power section and with the massive headroom i can attain ANY tone i want with this unit. i also run an AMT ss-11a clean all knobs at noon in front of the unit to really bring in some "true" tube tone, however it is not necessary it sounds amazing regardless. i also dislike the onboard EQ; it adds a weird 'honk' so i simply added my mxr 10 band into the effects loop of the unit. best advice i could give: find a tube amp that feels the way you want it to and then send this unit into the power return. it took me about 2 hours to find my tone however now that i did it has completely eliminated all amp GAS i have ever had. oh, and it can turn your mediocre laptop into a professional studio. the tone i get out of this unit isnt exactly axe fx quality but its certainly good enough to create a sellable product.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Tones

                      By Stratman1

                      from Salem, Wi

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                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Good Selection Of Effects
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                        I have been playing through Marshall combo's (TSL 601) for a long time and I was extremly satisfied with my sound. I play in a cover band and we play most styles of music. After trying the GT-100, I get great Marshall tube sounds, recifier sounds, and clean tones with a great chorus. My original use for this item was in my home studio, but after listening to the sounds I am going to bring to our live shows. I plugged into our PA, ran it through the monitors and I am getting a fantastic sound for all my needs, not to mention I am now running stereo. It has improved my sound as well as the bands. I like the CTRL pedal to switch from channel A to channel B. I now have a great tone and I won't have to break my back carrying a heavy amp around.
                        I will always love my Marshall and Deluxe Reverb amps, but I can duplicate those sounds nicely now and I don't have to change the tubes every 12 months. That's a cost savings in itself. Best sounding pedalboard I have tried for the money.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        gt 100

                        By larry

                        from NC

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Good Selection Of Effects
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances

                          Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                          I bought this to replace another multieffects unit and the difference is night and day. I play our shows direct through the PA with a monitor behind and before the sound was washed out by other instruments and the cleans were ice picky and i hated them. Now with the gt 100 the sound is sitting in the mix correctly and my sounds are great. I can even play country type leads with the clean and sounds warm and fat.
                          great purchase

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Love It !

                          By Jeffrey Whitman

                          from Tampa FL.

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                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use No Menus
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Good Selection Of Effects
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Mobile DJ
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                            This is one AMAZING piece of equipment. It is built like a tank, and runs like a dream. I use a 52 Tele Hot Rod and a Les Paul Standard Satin. It has specific settings for both and the ability to tweak those as little or as much as you want. Not to mention a truck load of other settings, and I mean a Truck Load.
                            I have been playing about 3 hours a day on this for the last week. I have barley scratched the surface of what this equipment will do. Also can be upgraded from your computer. If you do get one, go to the Roland site first,and download the drivers for your computer. Then you can do the upgrades without problems. I have nothing but good things to say about mine.

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