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Boss ME-20 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal   

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BOSS expands its famous ME series multi-effects family with the ME-20 pedal, a powerful multi-effects unit optimized for live performance. Easy to us...Click To Read More About This Product

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A best-of-BOSS collection in an affordable, easy to use gig unit.

BOSS expands its famous ME series multi-effects family with the ME-20 pedal, a powerful multi-effects unit optimized for live performance. Easy to use and road tough, the ME-20 provides world-class overdrive, distortion, delay, chorus, phaser, flanger, tremolo, rotary, and EQ effects, taking BOSS's performance-based philosophy to a very affordable price point.

Performance-based guitar processor for the player who wants an ultra-easy interface with BOSS tone and quality

Super-tough metal chassis with 3 footswitches, 5 realtime control knobs, and expression pedal

EZ Edit for quick sound creation

OD/DS Solo function for punchy and high-impact lead tone

30 user memory locations in addition to realtime operation

Battery or AC powered

FEATURES
  • Compact, rugged multi-effect pedal
  • Die-cast metal chassis
  • Dual-mode operation (Manual, Memory)
  • Simple interface
  • Three footswitches
  • Expression pedal
  • 17 effects
  • 30 patches (3 patches, 10 banks)
  • LED display
  • 24-bit/44.1kHz audio resolution
  • AC or battery power
  • 1/4" instrument input
  • 1/8" aux input
  • 1/4" mono/stereo output
  • 1/4" headphone jack
  • TRS footswitch jack
  • AC Adaptor jack
  • Includes 6 (AA) type alkaline batteries
  • 11-5/8"W x 2-1/8"H x 7-1/16"D (294mm W x 54mm H x 179mm D)

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4.6

(based on 33 reviews)

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Another Smashin Boss Product!

First of all, gotta love the compact size this pedal has, you could fit it in a backpack without a problem. Sturdy! I personally think this has a lot of the essentials of...Read complete review

First of all, gotta love the compact size this pedal has, you could fit it in a backpack without a problem. Sturdy! I personally think this has a lot of the essentials of a multi effects. People have said in reviews that this sounds bad and that sounds bad on the pedal: totally wrong!!! The best way to get the best sound out of this pedal is to connect it to your amp properly. DO NOT GO FROM AMP INPUT TO YOUR PEDAL, THEN FROM PEDAL TO GUITAR, THAT FAILS!! I read from a review on a different Boss product that this guy was going from the Effects Return (if your amp has a connection in the back) -> Mono Output of pedal -> Input of pedal -> guitar. Trust me it's the only way for true true true sound! Connecting it this way will bypass your amp's onboard EQ's and volumes. It's basically using pure speaker and the effects pedal acts as the controller of all the tones, without any influence/changes from the amp settings. I think a lot of onboard amp EQs can mislead your sound when you try certain effects, like distortions especially. The metal distortions are quite insane! Even if you don't access one of them in batches, the EZ mode has some real real nice distortions. The rotary is nuts as well, sounds incredibly nice and always Boss quality. I recently downgraded from a more complicated Boss multi effects pedal, and I will never go back to something that complicated. Simplicity is the way to go!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

squeal machine-as in bad!!!!!!!!!

i bought this for practice and gigs until i could afford the analog pedals i wanted, it was alright at best, then bought real pedals ran it through my amps. fx loop-what a...Read complete review

i bought this for practice and gigs until i could afford the analog pedals i wanted, it was alright at best, then bought real pedals ran it through my amps. fx loop-what a nightmare!!!!!!!! it squeals so loud i thought thr fire company would arrive at my house any second!!if you run it up front, it works but major humming&buzzing, only solution, isp decimater. if you loop it ,forget about using any analog effects and you can not even use bank 1 when its looped even with no gain effects engaged-bottom line, lower grade effects in front of amp with major noise to follow-only bank 2&3 if your lucky in a fx loop-even would not recommend this to my worst enemy! save up, or buy analog-preferred, robert keely-great pedals! do not listen to the hype and bundled effects!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great idea, solidly built, but distortions disappoint

By KSandbergFL

from Nashwauk, MN

Pros

  • compact and easy to carry
  • Easy to use
  • sturdy

Cons

  • distortions sound too digital
  • switching between Banks takes several seconds
  • wah is average at best

Best Uses

  • jamming live in a garage with your friends

The ME-20 is a great idea -- three "blank" or "virtual" pedals that you can program to be whatever you want. It is small enough to fit into the front pouch of the average guitar gig bag, yet heavy/solid enough to survive years of stage use. You can honestly think of it as a 3-unit pedal board that has roughly the footprint of an iPad. What keeps the ME-20 from being a true "home run" is the sound quality. I expected it to sound just like legacy Boss stompboxes, but it doesn't quite....

The distortions all sound very digital, especially the "distortion" and "metal" settings. No one will mistake any of your distortions for a tube amp! The modulations are nice and clean, but I was disappointed by the lack of "wideness" in the stereo chorus and rotary (I run my amp in stereo). The delay and reverb sound the closest to their Boss pedal counterparts, but again seem to lack some "crispness" and "depth". The Wah is useful but not awe-inspiring. If you're patient, you can tweak some pretty good sounds out of the ME-20 -- the EQ, especially, can make a ton of difference -- but, there is nothing in the ME-20 that I would consider "studio quality". However, it can be a useful tool for live playing.

If you're a tone snob, you will be happier with real Boss stompboxes. But if you're looking for something more convenient (and cheaper) than maintaining a full-blown pedal board, the ME-20 is a great alternative. It will meet the needs of most amateur garage-band guitarists.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Pedal!!!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This pedal has so many effects on it! The wah/volume pedal is great! The distoriton is good on the right settings. The modulation is great to. The delay is awsome! The pre-sets are great! The overall pedal is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another Smashin Boss Product!

By m3y3r

from MA

First of all, gotta love the compact size this pedal has, you could fit it in a backpack without a problem. Sturdy! I personally think this has a lot of the essentials of a multi effects. People have said in reviews that this sounds bad and that sounds bad on the pedal: totally wrong!!! The best way to get the best sound out of this pedal is to connect it to your amp properly. DO NOT GO FROM AMP INPUT TO YOUR PEDAL, THEN FROM PEDAL TO GUITAR, THAT FAILS!! I read from a review on a different Boss product that this guy was going from the Effects Return (if your amp has a connection in the back) -> Mono Output of pedal -> Input of pedal -> guitar. Trust me it's the only way for true true true sound! Connecting it this way will bypass your amp's onboard EQ's and volumes. It's basically using pure speaker and the effects pedal acts as the controller of all the tones, without any influence/changes from the amp settings. I think a lot of onboard amp EQs can mislead your sound when you try certain effects, like distortions especially. The metal distortions are quite insane! Even if you don't access one of them in batches, the EZ mode has some real real nice distortions. The rotary is nuts as well, sounds incredibly nice and always Boss quality. I recently downgraded from a more complicated Boss multi effects pedal, and I will never go back to something that complicated. Simplicity is the way to go!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best for the money.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

If you want to have a really great range of quality FX for not alot of money, buy this thing now. its built to last a nuclear war. i bought this pedal last year and have used it everyday just for jaming and for worship services at my church. i can't live without this thing. Digitech multis boast tons and tons of presets and fx, but this thing is really all you need. it sounds great, is super easy to use and at 200 bucks, you can't beat it. i only have 2 complaints. first, no tap tempo. this really isn't a big deal just do the math and turn the knob, but you had better have it set up before showtime. second, the volume pedal is great but the wah is really choppy and i was not impressed. other than that, this thing can't be beat. be sure to buy the power adapter and the footswitch cause they come in real handy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As Good As They Come

By Tim K.-keICC

from Boca Raton

Yes individual stomp boxes are better, but this is the most convient peice of equipment I have own. In my opinion the distortions on here are better than most pedals I have own. The Fuzz is great replica of British Invasion Fuzz. The Metal is just that, Metal. My favorite is the regular Distortion it has so much crunch and gain just makes my mouth water. This also nice assortment of modulation; including chorus, phaser, flanger, tremelo, and rotary. The delay's are nice but they are quite as sweet as analog delay which always sound better but its nice. The reverb is great you can go from a wee bit reverb to sounds like your playing in the big tiled room in the world. Almosth etheryal. This also comes with a much underrated threshold which is nice for us strat players who don't want that instant feedback. The biggest feature I enjoy though has to be the simple fact you can plug headphones and still have great quality sound, and not have to wake the neighbors since most of us guitar players are nocturnal. The only real downside is it can be a bit difficult to fine tune effects as well as sound combinations. For exmample I have not quite figured out how to have more than one modulation effect at a time. I only have had this for a little while but in a pinch this is the best pedal money can buy. If your an amateur guitar player and want a new stomp box save your money just a bit and invest in this baby!

 
5.0

Great pedal, confusing interface

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

My Christmas present to myself for 2008. Absolutely amazing effects pedal; the sounds you can get out of this are virtually limitless. Has more features than you could ask for, and even a built in tuner. My only big complaint is that it's so confusing to use. I really wish they made a nicer display, or atleast an overall more easy-to-use interface. Once you figure this out, though, you'll love it.

 
3.0

It works

By Yeah, I Rule!

from Montna

Solidly built with good effects, good little practice or back up rig, the wah blows chunks. i put this into my peavy classic 50/50 power amp and was suprised to find i could get a fairly decent sound from it. Not sure who the knuckle head reviewer is that got his run over by a tank & then expected it to work afterwards, i'm assuming it was a prank review, if not then... are you frikin kidding me! Not much of anything can withstand being run over by an actual tank. I don't think these units were meant to be put into an fx loop either, or to be used for recording. Overall this is a well built unit that will get you by in a pinch or for practice.

 
5.0

Great for the price

By devisawesome77

from Vancouver

this is a great little unit for the price, and i'd recommend it to anyone who is just starting to get interested in effects. My one problem is with the overdrive/distortion. It doesn't sound very good, but i just remedied that by purchasing a boss dist. pedal. other than that, great deal!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nice

By metalhed22

from in a house

Okay so not too long ago my digitech rp thing just burnt out. I plugged it in and it wouldn't work. So I bought this. The features are nice good effects, fewer than digitech, but better. And digitech's effects were crap and mostly useless anyway. The effects are pretty good sounding, especially the delay. But my main problem is the wah on this. It's really bad. You can't adjust it at all so it's not versatile at all. So in general, I advise you to get a separate wah if needed. This thing is pretty well made and sturdy. As far as sound quality goes, the effects aren't too digital. I don't know why they priced this thing where they did. That's just not what it's worth. Pretty well worth the money though. Overall nice effect carrier. But it won't bring happiness for too long. Most guitarist end up switching to stomp boxes. But yeah, nice equipment.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review

By |,,| James |,,|

from Nova Scotia

I must admit... I am not new to guitar, im 14 with a 8 years on my belt. Shredding isnt my cup of tea (yet) but I love a quite... calming sound... but then I like to blast up my Overdrive and play some Disturbed |,,| The ME-20 is a Perfect gift or choice for someone who doesnt perform and just wants wicked Boss Tone to Jam out with. The Overdrive, works just fine with my Pathfinder. The Wah is great only it changes the tone of the song when you merely turn it on which kind of sux but isnt that big of an issue. I recommend you run to your nearest Boss dealer and grab this baby to try it out for yourself. You WON'T be dissapointed. Rock on, James |,,| |,,|

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