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Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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Powerhouse FX with stompbox simplicity.

The Boss ME-25 multi-effects pedal provides a collection of additional sounds and features over the previous ME unit at the same price. This Boss guitar pedal includes a completely redesigned operating system which allows the entire product to operate in "EZ-Tone" mode, making the Boss ME-25 simple to use. There are added effects, COSM amp models, and a USB port for direct connection to computers. The ME-25 effects pedal is bundled with Cakewalk Sonar 8 LE and a DVD providing over one hundred audio loops that can be imported into Sonar for jamming or practice. The Boss ME-25's 60 onboard programs are organized into a Sound Library, which enables all the onboard tones to be selected simply by type. This built-in sound library gives you instant access to dozens of classic and modern effects. Simply choose a category, select a variation and play. You can customize your sound with simple twists of the Drive, Tone, and Volume knobs.

COSM (Composite Object Sound Modeling)
Composite Object Sound Modeling-or "COSM" for short-is Boss/Roland's innovative and powerful technology that's used to digitally recreate the sound of classic musical instruments and effects. COSM analyzes the many factors that make up the original sound-including its electrical and physical characteristics-and creates a digital model that accurately reproduces the original.

FEATURES
New super easy operating system 
Three pedals plus EXP pedal: Memory Up, Down, Solo
Three knobs for real time control and editing.
"Sound Library" organized by type: Clean, Crunch, Rhythm, etc. Ten variations within each type
Seven effects groups: Comp/FX, OD/DS, Preamp, Modulation, Delay, Reverb, Pedal FX
Powerful COSM amp models and effects onboard, from classic to contemporary
Super simple user-friendly interface
Sound Library provides extensive collection of ready-to-use tones; simply choose a category and select a variation
Sounds can be instantly edited with the Drive, Tone, Level knobs and Expression pedal
Super Stack adds immensely heavy low end and punch
Phrase Loop function with 38 seconds of recording time
Functions as a USB audio interface
Built-in AUX input for jamming along with external music devices (MP3/CD players, etc.)
Runs on six AA batteries or AC adaptor
Includes Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 LE software and dozens of audio loops, rhythms and songs for jamming or practice
Free downloadable Librarian software

With COSM amp models onboard, plus Super Stack and Phrase Loop, the ME-25 is a dream processor for upstart guitarists who want great sound and ease of use.

SPECIFICATIONS
AD Conversion 24-bit + AF method*1 
DA Conversion 24-bit Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz
Memory 60
Sound Library 60
Sound Library Category clean, crunch, drive, heavy, lead, extreme
Effect Type comp/FX (Compressor/Effect): comp, T.wah, AC sim, OD/DS (Overdrive/Distortion): boost, OD-1, t-scream, blues, dist, classic, modern, metal, core, fuzz, preamp: clean, twin, tweed, VO drive, BG lead, MS vintage, MS modern, 5150 drive, r-fier, ultra metal, modulation: chorus, phaser, flanger, rotary, uni-v, tremolo, harmonist, octave, delay: 1-99ms, 100-990ms, 1000-6000ms, tap, REVERB: room, hall, pedal
FX (Pedal Effect): wah, +1 octave, -1 octave, freeze, NS (Noise Suppressor)
Nominal Input
Level input: -10 dBu, AUX IN: -18 dBu
Input Impedance INPUT: 1M, AUX IN: 22k
Nominal Output Level -10 dBu
Output Impedance 2k
Display 7 segments, 2 digits LED
Power Supply DC 9 V Dry Batteries (R6/LR6 (AA) type) x 6, AC Adapter (BOSS PSA-Series: sold separately)
Current
Draw 150 mA
Expected battery life under continuous use Alkaline: 9 hours, Carbon: 3 hours (These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)
Dimensions: 11-13/16"W x 7-9/16"D x 2-7/8"H
Maximum: 11-13/16"W x 7-9/16"D x 3-11/16"H
Weight: 4 lb. 4 oz (including batteries)
Accessories: Owner's Manual, ME-25 DVD-ROM, Sound Library/Memory List (Leaflet), Sound Library Sticker, Dry Batteries (Alkaline: LR6 (AA) type) x 6, Roland Service (Information Sheet)
Options AC Adapter Boss PSA-Series
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BossME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 49 reviews)

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    (31)

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    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (4)

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    (4)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (13)
  • Excellent sound quality (12)
  • Good selection of effects (11)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Responsive (6)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Limited selection of effects (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beyond worth the price, but the layout is kinda quirky

I bought this guy to replace my digitech rp70. That digitech (incase you're considering other options) was worth the 80 i spent on it in sound and programming convenience, but was so cheaply...Read complete review

I bought this guy to replace my digitech rp70. That digitech (incase you're considering other options) was worth the 80 i spent on it in sound and programming convenience, but was so cheaply made. The pedals stopped working (a common problem with digi's) within 5 months. I decided I'd get something more durable
I upgraded to the ME-25 because it has basically every effect you could want, with a looper and even a recording interface. The interface works great with sonar and the sound that comes from my amp is gorgeous. Crazy clear and full on a variety of effect channels.

The only thing that annoys me sometimes is that the adjustment of your effects channels use shared knobs, as opposed to a value up/down button like on the rp 70. This means that the same knob that controlls your treble or bass when adjusting the eq of your channel controls the level of reverb or delay or whatever else. The problem with that is you don't know exactly where your levels were if you decide to go back and change it, because that knob was very likely used to adjust something else.

Here's an example: I find a distortion I like then eq it with the preap adjustment and turn the treble knob to somewhat middle (lets say 50%), then I add delay and use the same knob to bring up the level of my delay to 80%, then use the same knob again to bring the reverb mix of the reverb effect to a saturated 90%. Now, i decide there's too much treble and go back into the eq settings. My knob is still jacked to the right from the reverb and the second I touch it, the level of treble jumps up to between 80 and 100 because i left it turned 90 percent for the reverb. If i want to actually turn down the reverb, i kinda have to guess where the level was before and go down from there (which is annoying because we all adjust using our ears). The box does disply a value as you turn the knobs, but in a sea of performace, recording, and jamming channels, there's no way in hell you're gonna remember it. The rp70 in comparison always displayed a number value and starts where you left it when you re-edit your channels. As for the ME-25 sometimes I start to confuse myself as to whether I just turned up or turned down an effect, because I don't really have any reference.

Also, the rp 70 goes silent when you use the tuner so you can tune during a song. Unless I haven't figured out how to silence it, the ME-25 goes to like a soft clean channel when you tune and you wouldn't want that interupting a song if you're tuning mid-song. You could bring your volume totally down with the expression pedal I suppose, but much like the adjustment knobs, you'd have to guess how loud you were before when you volume back up after tuning. not a deal breaker but a just touch annoying.

Still absolutely worth the $ i spent for it. The sounds coming out of it are gorgeous and the pedals seem pretty durable and long lasting. The whole box is a nice strong metal with these little rubber feet added as well. Way better thant he cheap little plastic rp70. It's also a great d/i preamp if you want some effects on recordings (although I'd recommend using an amp simulator post-recording).
SO much stuff in it - tuner, dealy, reverb, noise gate, looper. However i will say there are only two reverb types (although they're adjustable) and the looper is pretty limited (no undo or single track delete - only record/add part and delete all). However everything is plenty customizable for totally worthwhile, custom sounds, and the looper is clearly just a bonus on an already solid pedal.
Great aside from the programming (which i'll explain). well build and durable
so much stuff for a measily price!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Yet another middling Multi-FX Board

I bought the ME-25 with the intent of using with my PC for home playing and perhaps some recording.

The interface is usable, but it leans heavily on three knobs which...Read complete review

I bought the ME-25 with the intent of using with my PC for home playing and perhaps some recording.

The interface is usable, but it leans heavily on three knobs which requires frequent manual consultations until you happen to memorize the scheme for the various effects and amp models.

Tones are varied in quality. The Clean amp model is bright and sparkly, whereas the Twin model is lacking some high end sheen compared to the real deal. The Marshall models are excellent for blues and hard rock, whereas the Boogie Combo model is laughably awful. The high gain amps models are pretty good for most Metal but are a bit digital sounding.

The OD/Distortion pedal models are fairly decent. They all sound digital, but good tone is there to be had with most of them. The modulation and Delay effects are typical Boss quality. The reverbs are good, but the lack of Spring reverb emulation is a bummer. The wah is usable enough.

The biggest issue I have found is digital clipping both when connecting it to my PC and also when using headphones plugged directly into the unit. Volumes have to be kept under 50% (sometimes well under) in order to avoid clipping. This can occasionally result in having to settle for a wimpier sound just to avoid clipping. It seems to be worst with cleaner sounds, though the heavier distortion settings may just be covering it up. The unit lacks any sort of master level control, so you are forced to adjust/balance volume settings for each effect or model that is active on a given patch.

Overall, the ME-25 is another mediocre to average Multi-FX board in a market full of them (*cough*Digitech*cough*).

The ME-25 is not a great choice for live use since the interfaces is a bit too convoluted to allow for quick edits. It (like most similar units) sounds fairly mediocre in front of an amp. Its best application is probably silent practice or recording, but the clipping issue and corresponding lack of an overall level control makes it somewhat frustrating there as well.

Mine will likely be sold soon, as I've found that I'd rather use one of the many small & cheap modeling amps out there than this unit.

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(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Way less was perfect!

By John Franco

from San Antonio, 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
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I had a Big M stompbox '75. Then a Wah-Wah pedal '78. Tube Screamers, Compressors, Distortion Pedals... all of them. Then came the Zoom 505 which started me with multi effects processors. I had a
    "Boss GT-10" when I first started recording; and then just recently I had a GNX Digitech 3000 that came with instructions for a super-collider.

    I am happy to say that at 50 years of age, I am playing lead guitar in two Rock bands. One is classic metal covers and the other more mainstream rock covers and original music. I have a Marshall HD 100 Full Stack in the first trailer and a Crate 120 GXL Combo in my trailer. I have a Line 6 Interface for recording and playing at home plus a 30 Watt Bheringer Combo and I plug staight into the board at practice with the second band. I got tired of going for my lead channel on the 3000 and getting the loudest drum beat I've ever heard in my life. Then pressing it again and all the lights come on but no sound, press it again and now it says I'm taking a dump; so, I unplug it, wait, plug it back in, it sets up and i play through it the rest of the night...but I'm not touching it! I swear the ME-25 is the best piece of technology I've ever had in my set-up. I carry it in a laptop briefcase, AAA batteries are cheap, it super easy to use and if you like complicated then it's got that for you if you need it. The main thing is now I have some consistency in my sound whenever and wherever I go to play or perform and recording at home. I failed to mention that I sing in the second band also. So I stay busy enough all night. I need simple and reliable and toneful and state of the art. It looks pretty cool too. I am very happy with my purchase and using Boss again. BTW-I buddy recommend that I try going to a couple of local music stores on his tip while I was out one day. Let me just say, I have been using Musicians Friend faithfully for at least 13 or 14 years and I have never had a single problem ever with them whether shopping, or in delivery, or billing problems...nothing! And whenever it has been by phone or email we came in contact, response is always prompt, knowlegeable and courtious. Helluva concept! MF is my favorite music store!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Boss ME-25

    By Dan

    from Ky

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    Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    First off I'll say that I'm not a multi effects guy, I'm more of a stompbox guy, I also dont leave many reviews.
    But I absolutley love this thing. I can get any sound I want or need out of this. Its amazing how they got all of the features in to this little pedal but they did and it's great. The wah sounds alot better than I expected and when your not using it, it doubles as a volume, which is great. I also love the harmonist and octave functions. The solo pedal is perfect.


    All the tones and features you could ever ask for are there but one of my main concerns before buying was using it during live gigs. Its actually alot easier than I expected. I dont use a whole lot of effects during live performances but I do put my presets in an order that accompanies my set list.


    All in all, you can't go wrong with this pedal.
    Tons of effects and variations, and looper
    It's Boss, about the most consistant high quality effects you can get. I've never had any problems with Boss products
    Good value, but it doesnt come with a power supply which kinda sucks, not a huge deal though. But because of that I give it a 7 .But you do get alot for the money.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Beyond worth the price, but the layout is kinda quirky

    By Jay Wolff

    from Upstate NY

    Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I bought this guy to replace my digitech rp70. That digitech (incase you're considering other options) was worth the 80 i spent on it in sound and programming convenience, but was so cheaply made. The pedals stopped working (a common problem with digi's) within 5 months. I decided I'd get something more durable
    I upgraded to the ME-25 because it has basically every effect you could want, with a looper and even a recording interface. The interface works great with sonar and the sound that comes from my amp is gorgeous. Crazy clear and full on a variety of effect channels.

    The only thing that annoys me sometimes is that the adjustment of your effects channels use shared knobs, as opposed to a value up/down button like on the rp 70. This means that the same knob that controlls your treble or bass when adjusting the eq of your channel controls the level of reverb or delay or whatever else. The problem with that is you don't know exactly where your levels were if you decide to go back and change it, because that knob was very likely used to adjust something else.

    Here's an example: I find a distortion I like then eq it with the preap adjustment and turn the treble knob to somewhat middle (lets say 50%), then I add delay and use the same knob to bring up the level of my delay to 80%, then use the same knob again to bring the reverb mix of the reverb effect to a saturated 90%. Now, i decide there's too much treble and go back into the eq settings. My knob is still jacked to the right from the reverb and the second I touch it, the level of treble jumps up to between 80 and 100 because i left it turned 90 percent for the reverb. If i want to actually turn down the reverb, i kinda have to guess where the level was before and go down from there (which is annoying because we all adjust using our ears). The box does disply a value as you turn the knobs, but in a sea of performace, recording, and jamming channels, there's no way in hell you're gonna remember it. The rp70 in comparison always displayed a number value and starts where you left it when you re-edit your channels. As for the ME-25 sometimes I start to confuse myself as to whether I just turned up or turned down an effect, because I don't really have any reference.

    Also, the rp 70 goes silent when you use the tuner so you can tune during a song. Unless I haven't figured out how to silence it, the ME-25 goes to like a soft clean channel when you tune and you wouldn't want that interupting a song if you're tuning mid-song. You could bring your volume totally down with the expression pedal I suppose, but much like the adjustment knobs, you'd have to guess how loud you were before when you volume back up after tuning. not a deal breaker but a just touch annoying.

    Still absolutely worth the $ i spent for it. The sounds coming out of it are gorgeous and the pedals seem pretty durable and long lasting. The whole box is a nice strong metal with these little rubber feet added as well. Way better thant he cheap little plastic rp70. It's also a great d/i preamp if you want some effects on recordings (although I'd recommend using an amp simulator post-recording).
    SO much stuff in it - tuner, dealy, reverb, noise gate, looper. However i will say there are only two reverb types (although they're adjustable) and the looper is pretty limited (no undo or single track delete - only record/add part and delete all). However everything is plenty customizable for totally worthwhile, custom sounds, and the looper is clearly just a bonus on an already solid pedal.
    Great aside from the programming (which i'll explain). well build and durable
    so much stuff for a measily price!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    finally!!!

    By BkjMetal84

    from Cedartown, GA

    Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    FINALLY!! an EASY to use multi-effects pedal that really is EASY to use AND sounds good. let me explain. usually if it sounds good-you have to fish and sift and tweek for hours/days/weeks/months to find a good tone and lord forbid you change pickups or amps or cables or guitars lol. OR if its easy to use it sounds like crap. WELL NOT WITH THE ME-25!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!its so easy to find a good tone and lock it down, and it does sound really good!!!i chose the 25 over the 50 or 70 simply BECUZ i did not want all the tweekability features. you can still tweek the heck outa the 25 but its not bothersome at all. my ONLY complaint was that i did have to buy the power supply seperate. ... well i got talked into buying it anyway lol TO BOSS/ROLAND: i say THANK YOU!!!!!

    (5 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    No good rock, blues sounds

    By Tom

    from NY

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    Pros

    • Good For Metal Tones

    Cons

    • Cant Find A Good Tone

    Best Uses

    • Metal Punk

    Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    If your and old rocker like me dont but this pedal. It is gearded toward metal, punk etc. All presets sound the same and you cant get a good tone.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Yet another middling Multi-FX Board

    By Juice Maloose

    from Milwaukee, WI

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I bought the ME-25 with the intent of using with my PC for home playing and perhaps some recording.

    The interface is usable, but it leans heavily on three knobs which requires frequent manual consultations until you happen to memorize the scheme for the various effects and amp models.

    Tones are varied in quality. The Clean amp model is bright and sparkly, whereas the Twin model is lacking some high end sheen compared to the real deal. The Marshall models are excellent for blues and hard rock, whereas the Boogie Combo model is laughably awful. The high gain amps models are pretty good for most Metal but are a bit digital sounding.

    The OD/Distortion pedal models are fairly decent. They all sound digital, but good tone is there to be had with most of them. The modulation and Delay effects are typical Boss quality. The reverbs are good, but the lack of Spring reverb emulation is a bummer. The wah is usable enough.

    The biggest issue I have found is digital clipping both when connecting it to my PC and also when using headphones plugged directly into the unit. Volumes have to be kept under 50% (sometimes well under) in order to avoid clipping. This can occasionally result in having to settle for a wimpier sound just to avoid clipping. It seems to be worst with cleaner sounds, though the heavier distortion settings may just be covering it up. The unit lacks any sort of master level control, so you are forced to adjust/balance volume settings for each effect or model that is active on a given patch.

    Overall, the ME-25 is another mediocre to average Multi-FX board in a market full of them (*cough*Digitech*cough*).

    The ME-25 is not a great choice for live use since the interfaces is a bit too convoluted to allow for quick edits. It (like most similar units) sounds fairly mediocre in front of an amp. Its best application is probably silent practice or recording, but the clipping issue and corresponding lack of an overall level control makes it somewhat frustrating there as well.

    Mine will likely be sold soon, as I've found that I'd rather use one of the many small & cheap modeling amps out there than this unit.

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    "No tone'

    By JMBW Vintage

    from MN

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    Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I didn't like this pedal because I could not get a good tone out of it, no matter how much I tweaked it. This pedal is geared towards metal or punk- not blues. Boss makes great pedals, I wish this one had tone to it, but it didn't.
    You get a lot of effects for the money.
    Strong, sturdy construction.
    Great deal for all you get.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    fresh!!!!

    By underthrodrew

    from ohio

    Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    awesome pedal!!! i just bought it and i am impressed. i love the looper and the super stack button just sends it over the top. i gave value a 4.5 becaus it does not come with power supply. amazing pedal through and through.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Too complicated

    By DAVEW

    from Andover, MN

    Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I'm a home hobbyist and bought this instead of multiple floor pedals. Overall quality is good and solid, but I found it very lacking in both tone, and not very user friendly. I'm an engineer as well, and found that although I could program it, it was highly frustrating to dial in a good tone. It is a curse of perhaps too many options hidden behind too few buttons. Seems like it would be a better desktop unit than a floor unit considering all the button pushing. I'll be relegating mine to Craigslist.

    (3 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Turned Out Great!!!

    By Lilian Da Silva

    from Somerville, MA

    Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    This was my first Multi-Effects pedal," I bought it on the same week when it came out which was the week of my birthday! At first I just played around with the sounds and thought it was just ""alright."" Later on I began to tweak with the sounds", and make something that my ears would appreciate and MAN IT WAS AWESOME!! I use it in church and it's great, I do my solos and everything and the sound is just. AMAZING! I truly recommend this product for any beginners, amateur, pro and etc. (MONEY WELL SPENT)

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's all I use now

    By "Cap'n" Daniel

    from Ventura, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      I roll up to the gig, plug this in, and fill the venue with guitar. This unit built for the road, gig ready, studio quality sounds. I use it for recording, live sound, it's the only thing I use for my guitar sounds. I put my solid state Marshall amp on the clean channel, and let the ME-25 do the rest. MASSIVE tone control, versatile effects, and super easy to use. Love the tap delay and the loop feature, helps for writing. This things NEVER fails. The only thing I would improve is the AC adapter. It got kinked up over the course of a year of shows, and It started shorting out. I had to get a new AC adapter and it works perfect.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      good pedal

      By Peenywine

      from Manchester,NH

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I like this pedal. there are some great presets. my only problem with this is, that the presets I would like to use are spread too far apart to be able to switch between them quickly. I havent found anyway to "move" them chronologically..but..maybe I'm missing something, if anyone has this and knows how to do that please tell me lol its not in the manual..other than that I really like it

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Beginner Pedal!

        By Brady

        from Ontario, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Affordable Price
        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Bad Effect Editing
        • Breaks Easily
        • Limited Selection Of Effects

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        The Boss ME-25 was surprsingly a really good idea to pick up. I originally intended to get the ME-75 but it was out of stock so i bought this which is basically the downgraded version of that pedal, in case you are looking to spend more. This pedal has 60 great effects, Acoustic and metal settings probably sounding best in my opinion. The only problems I had with this pedal was that I have a tough time editing effects, it ends up confusing me attempting to do it. Once you get a grasp on it im sure it's alot better I just didnt put much time into it. Another problem is that it runs on batteries, 6 double-A's to be exact and when they run out and you have no extra's you find yourself in a pretty bad situation. Other than that the pedal is EXCELLENT sounding, you get what you spend on it, worth every penny.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sounds fantastic !!!

        By WJ

        from Vineland, NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Not Responsive

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I plugged this guy into a Fender Super Champ XD and, boy, was I amazed! On Amp 4 or 5 (or 7 or 10 etc...)it sounded awesome! The amp simulator was clear and vibrant and the distortions smooth and true to life (just like the original pedals). The eq effect (on the amp simulator) was great and complimented the distortion effects admirably. The modulator effects were clean and funky (phaser) and the delays were superb (just like the original Boss delays!). The reverbs were lush and interesting (there are two types of reverbs). Add a separate BOSS EQ and there was just no way to get the ME 25 to sound muddy! Yes, this is my experience. The ME 25 through the Fender Super Champ XD (using a Fender Blacktop) just sounded awesome! Clear, true to the original pedals, smooth and fantastic! That's what it really sounded like! I would recommend one based on this and on BOSS reputation alone.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Flexible but lacks true tone

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I was excited to get the Boss ME-25 because of it's many features for the low price but I was dissapointed in it's performance. I paid $199 for it. The unit has a metal chassis and feels very sturdy. Unfortunately, the more I played with it I found I could not get good tone. The distortions sound very digital, not rich and full like analog tone. The looper works but the looping track is louder than what you play over it and it is hard to hear your leads over the loop. The lead footswitch is a nice feature and would be good for live playing. I used it through the clean channel of my Mesa Boogie combo and when it is bypassed and going through the amp unchanged it has the rich sound of the Mesa but when I turn the unit on it gets raw and thinner sounding. Even using the 3 band eq section I couldn't shape the sound the way I wanted. I knew very quickly that I was going to return it. I have been slowly upgrading my gear, American PRS guitar, Mesa Tube amp, etc. because I really want good tone but this unit just doesn't hold up. I would still try the GT series unit but it's twice the price. If all you do is "metalcore" stuff or you are young and on a tight budget, you will like this unit because it's really flexible and can do really heavy distortion. If you are after really good tone, you may be dissapointed.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Super- if you know it's limitations.

        By Minnesota_Joe

        from Minneapolis

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        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        Boss ME-25 Multi-effect. This pedal does a LOT for the money. You may be dissappointed if you don't understand what you are buying, however. It isn't a 'smaller' GT-8 or GT-10. It has it's own place. Like: Default tones are decent, not too much cheese. Functions as a USB interface, which is almost worth the $$ alone. Includes Sonar/Cakewalk but I use FL9 and it connected to that no problem. Built like a tank. Great to show up at a jam or small venue, throw it on the floor and get going. Solo pedal is great. Responds nicely to picking dynamics. "Freeze" patch is awesome, and includes a 38 sec looper, also worth the $$ by itself. Dislikes: If you are a tweak freak you won't be happy. Has limited access to pararmeters, and you can only assign the exp pedal to volume, wah or octave bend. I really like modulating echo or reverb with a pedal but am out of luck here. Patches are laid out randomly, you have a mello clean chorus right next to a Neil Young Crazy Horse screamer with an acoustic sim next to that and Randy Rhodes next to that. How about 1-10 mellow, 11-20 a little bluesy and so on? You could spend a couple of hours with the library software and move everything around and load it, but that's a bit futzy. I am happy with it, but I did my homework and knew what I was getting before I bought. For the money MUCH better tones than similar products.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BOSS ME Around with SOUND!

        By Twanger-SV3Ri

        from Ohio

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        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        The Boss ME 25 is a digital multi tasking pedal, made of metal and a functional foot pedal. The metal housing contains programable amp models, distortions, effects , delays, and reverb. It even has a harmonizer, which makes a single fuzzed out note sound sick. The harmonizer and octives are a nice touch for lead. The pedal sounds good on a tube amp, even a 5 watt. No hiss or Hum on my inexpensive Crate V5 with the tone turned to the extreeme right and slightly backed off. This pedal can be loud, The Boss also has a looper. The pedal is made in China. There are plenty of pre-sets, and the channels can be editedtoward your own custom setting and saved. It has acomputer output. But the ME 25 is a do it all pedal and has the ability to produce numerous sonic possibilities. No need for 6 different pedals. I like it and think it works great with a tube amp and would be a good bedroom or garage pedal for the independant music freak. If You likegetting Bossed around, then get it, tweak it, and save your settings. Save your vintage pedals and hire this little digital demon as your sonic servent.

        (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        effect

        By William Stibbs

        from untitled

        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        This is the best 200 dollars i've ever spent. This is an effect for anyone with any experience.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

        By Hard Core Tele Fan

        from Lake Charles, La.

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        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I also have a GT10 & no doubt that is the best effects unit on the market but the ME 25 is right on it's heels for sound quality, and as usual Musicians Friend is excellent on service

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Try before you buy.

        By GregoryJ3

        from New Philadelphia, OH

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        Pros

        • Good Selection Of Effects

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Not Responsive
        • Poor Sound Quality

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          Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          Sound quality is terrible. Try in a store before you order because the MF return policy is not really as good as they say it is.

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