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Boss ME-50 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal  

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    A fast and easy all-in-one floor effects unit.

    The Boss ME-50 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal gives you professional sound on an easy-to-use pedal. Control everything with clearly marked knobs! Like having a whole collection of Boss stomp boxes—10 EQ presets, 22 distortion types, 11 modulation types, 11 delay types, and 6 expression pedal effects. The distortion, mod, and delay sections each feature the same parameter control knobs that you'd find on a Boss pedal and a stomp switch to turn the effect on or off. Includes wah, pitch-shift, ring mod, square wave, rotary, you name it! 2 taps of a button save your patch into 30 editable presets. Power supply (PSA-120/151370) sold separately.

    Features
    • Effects types: tone modify (EQ), compression, noise suppression, reverb, overdrive/distortion, modulation, delay, expression pedal effects
    • Power supply (Boss PSA-120) sold separately
    • Overdrive/distortion types: metal, loud, lead, crunch, natural, MT-2, DS-1, DS-2, BD-2, OD-2, OD-1, scream, DST+, guv, rat, muff, face, modern OD, stack, hi gain, modern DS, square, oct fuzz
    • Modulation types: flanger, phaser, st chorus 2, st chorus 1, chorus, harmonist, tremolo, pan, vibrato, uni-v, rotary
    • Delay types: analog, 400-2000ms, 100-500ms, 25-125ms, 0-30ms, slow echo, pan, space pan, reverse, hold, tap
    • Expression pedal effects: volume, wah, resonance, voice, ring mod, +1 octave, -1 octave
    • 30 editable presets
    • Tuner
    • 1/4" stereo outs
    • 1/4" TRS line/phones out
    • 1/8" TRS aux in

    No menus, morphing, warping, or complex fussing, just straight-ahead killer tone. Make it yours today!

     
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    4.6

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    Ignore bad reviews

    I have owned the same ME-50 for almost 5 years now. Don't heed bad reviews, especially by people who cannot spell.First, this thing is rugged as heck. Every week I go to...Read complete review

    I have owned the same ME-50 for almost 5 years now. Don't heed bad reviews, especially by people who cannot spell.First, this thing is rugged as heck. Every week I go to practice (0.5 mile walk) and back again with it at least three times, six treks total. I've done that for almost two years. I've also had that thing in and out of backpacks so many times. I've been using it those 5 years solid. I'm military and this thing has literally been with me all around the world, with and without amp.It's rugged. I've only had to fix it once (one battery pack line to the mainboard got pinched in half, don't know how), and the fix was very easy: I did it myself. Taking this thing apart, I noticed that all screws have washers and so do all the ports with nuts that hold them to the back of the unit. It's a tank. When that line broke, the unit still worked with the power plug. The only other problem I have experienced is (due to my abuse) the foot pads coming off, but nothing that epoxy can't fix. On mine, one foot is Double Bubbled on, and it's not coming back off.I've been using this thing with rechargeable batteries primarily this five years, and it definitely gets the advertised 8-12 hours on battery power.This thing is all a guitarist should ever need for most gigs: you have manual mode for playing around, and one memory bank with three patches available, all without bending down to change something. And don't listen to other reviews: you can edit patches while using them. You just need to remember to save your changes.The tone is the most analog other people and I have ever heard in a digital unit. It sounds great with a Pro Junior, a Schecter C-1 Classic, and a Lite Ash Stratocaster. People are always telling me how nice it sounds.The patches are more than almost anyone should ever need. The factory patches are actually usable in a band, not just some stupid random presets. You can reset to factory patches very easily. You can edit patches very easily.Try taking a GT-8 or bigger in a backpack: I have a Camelback Codura and it fits nicely in there. A GT-8 would not fit. Using a Boss dual footswitch, you get up/down in patch and in manual mode you get compressor and tone mod on/off. This setup is much easier to fit into a backpack.The expression pedal has much more range and a better feel than that of the GT-8.As for not having a "solo on/off" to boost volume temporarily while in a memory position, you gotta learn how to play expressively on a guitar, or else the limiting factor is you, not this pedal. Me, I also switch from neck to bridge (jazz to JB) for my solos, so I get a boost there. You can also use the external footswitch to give you a boost by adding compressor and/or adding "Mids" tone modify.As for switching patches playing live, yes, this thing has a very slight delay. It's not a factor if you are thinking ahead while you play in a band situation, but you can also use manual mode to do this same thing if you think about your setup.Overall, all the negative comments I have read over the years about this pedal make no sense. This thing is totally awesome, and has all the sounds I need. I would buy another one if this one broke. If tomorrow I went "pro" I would go buy like 10 of these things so that I never have to change my rig.

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    Started out great, but now I regret buying this

    I purchased this nearly a year ago to replace my hodge-podge of mostly Boss effects. I liked the portability, ease of use and durability. It also sounded great in the store. I have...Read complete review

    I purchased this nearly a year ago to replace my hodge-podge of mostly Boss effects. I liked the portability, ease of use and durability. It also sounded great in the store. I have used this for probably 20 rehearsals, and half a dozen gigs. I have tried many, many effects, amps and modelers, and this was supposed to be my final purchase until I start making serious gig money. I play an American Deluxe Strat and a Fender Deville amp.Here are my comments:The mods are decent. I like the phaser and flanger mods tone, but my gripe is that each of them adds volume when activated. It have actually started using the phaser as sort of a volume punch for leads, which works well. It is also cool to kick it on when I come in with vocals on some songs. This may not be suitable for some players though. The other mods are cool and I use most of them from time to time. The delay is pretty good as well, although it probably goes overboard with options. I usually just use the analog delay. The distortion on this unit SUCKS!! There are maybe 3 or 4 settings that sound decent, but that is it. Even worse, after using this for awhile, the distortion channel started becoming very noisy. It sounds like a tin can. Instead of just overdriving the signal, it sounds more like a tacked-on simultaneous effect in addition to the clean signal. It is very noisy. When I mute the strings, there is an annoying ringing that follows for about 1/2 second. I can only eliminate it by backing the drive down, and also backing off on the compressor. I am going back to my tube screamer for distortion.The clean sounds are nice, and the compressor does nearly as good a job as the Boss pedal, but once again because of the noise I have to back the compression way off.The wah pedal is a little weak, and I wouldn't expect it to stand up to much abuse. Better keep your cry-baby if you are a big wah user.Another BIG gripe - the pedals on this thing are too close together. That is a problem with many floor units I have used. When you are gigging, and if you are like me and like to move around the stage a lot, you will end up hitting two pedals at one time, which will either activate the tuner or go into the pre set banks. I have to actually wear narrow shoes, and not boots.The tuner is OK on this, but does not have the options that the Boss pedal tuner has.Overall, I am giving this thing a below-average rating, because it is not doing what I bought it for. I wanted to replace all my pedals, but now I am going back to them one by one it seems.

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    5.0

    Great tool for active musician!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This thing rips! I run an open jam, and i needed a device that could dial in just about any sound or effect that anyone is looking for. And this does it with ease and little set up time. I run a Boss GE-7 eq with it through my effects loop. It makes it even better! Plus it's built like a tank. I leave my stomp boxes at home now.

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    5.0

    Ignore bad reviews

    By Twin Reverb

    from Florida Panhandle

    I have owned the same ME-50 for almost 5 years now. Don't heed bad reviews, especially by people who cannot spell.First, this thing is rugged as heck. Every week I go to practice (0.5 mile walk) and back again with it at least three times, six treks total. I've done that for almost two years. I've also had that thing in and out of backpacks so many times. I've been using it those 5 years solid. I'm military and this thing has literally been with me all around the world, with and without amp.It's rugged. I've only had to fix it once (one battery pack line to the mainboard got pinched in half, don't know how), and the fix was very easy: I did it myself. Taking this thing apart, I noticed that all screws have washers and so do all the ports with nuts that hold them to the back of the unit. It's a tank. When that line broke, the unit still worked with the power plug. The only other problem I have experienced is (due to my abuse) the foot pads coming off, but nothing that epoxy can't fix. On mine, one foot is Double Bubbled on, and it's not coming back off.I've been using this thing with rechargeable batteries primarily this five years, and it definitely gets the advertised 8-12 hours on battery power.This thing is all a guitarist should ever need for most gigs: you have manual mode for playing around, and one memory bank with three patches available, all without bending down to change something. And don't listen to other reviews: you can edit patches while using them. You just need to remember to save your changes.The tone is the most analog other people and I have ever heard in a digital unit. It sounds great with a Pro Junior, a Schecter C-1 Classic, and a Lite Ash Stratocaster. People are always telling me how nice it sounds.The patches are more than almost anyone should ever need. The factory patches are actually usable in a band, not just some stupid random presets. You can reset to factory patches very easily. You can edit patches very easily.Try taking a GT-8 or bigger in a backpack: I have a Camelback Codura and it fits nicely in there. A GT-8 would not fit. Using a Boss dual footswitch, you get up/down in patch and in manual mode you get compressor and tone mod on/off. This setup is much easier to fit into a backpack.The expression pedal has much more range and a better feel than that of the GT-8.As for not having a "solo on/off" to boost volume temporarily while in a memory position, you gotta learn how to play expressively on a guitar, or else the limiting factor is you, not this pedal. Me, I also switch from neck to bridge (jazz to JB) for my solos, so I get a boost there. You can also use the external footswitch to give you a boost by adding compressor and/or adding "Mids" tone modify.As for switching patches playing live, yes, this thing has a very slight delay. It's not a factor if you are thinking ahead while you play in a band situation, but you can also use manual mode to do this same thing if you think about your setup.Overall, all the negative comments I have read over the years about this pedal make no sense. This thing is totally awesome, and has all the sounds I need. I would buy another one if this one broke. If tomorrow I went "pro" I would go buy like 10 of these things so that I never have to change my rig.

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    5.0

    Pretty Good

    By Shekie

    from Farmington, NM

    I have owned this since about two months after owning my guitar (Schecter C1 classic), when I first got it I loved the tone, but as it aged and my experience grew I realized my setup sounded quite dull compared to most others I played with. I found most of that could be attributed to my combo amp (MG30DFX). Once I played it on my friends tube amp my tone was beautiful, and very adjustable. The wah pedal was very stiff, and eventually quit working (now its a permanent volume pedal effects wont engage, but the two years that it did work it was fun to play around with the different sounds. Distortion seemed to be lacking just a little. It sounds good, but definately not great. Really I still consider this to be a great multi effects pedal as I still haven't found reason to buy a new one yet... probably still a good year or two away from that. Oh yeah I've gone through two power cords on this thing, one was my fault, but the other I have no idea why it went out on me, and if you plan to commit alot of you day to playing through it the batteries will be exchanged many-o-times.

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    1.0

    DONT BUT IT

    By Guitarman66

    from Roanoke Rapids,NC

    I purchased this thinking I was going to be able to do away with the hassel of stomp boxes. I was wrong. The thing echos likke crazy. I have to buy seperate pedals to bank up and down. You need another pedal for the tone modify. The construction is decent. But if I had to do it all over, I would have gone wiyh the Line 6 floor pod. Better sound and it even comes with a power supply. The ME50 does not. BAD CHOICE!!!!!!!!!

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    5.0

    Pretty Good Stuff

    By fiddleman12

    from College Station, Texas

    There are pros and cons to any multieffect unit and no, they will never be as good as individual stomp boxes but the Boss ME-50 is as good as any i have played on. First the individual knobs are great, you don't have to jack with menus and manuals. Some of the distortions are weak but the ones that model boss pedals do the job relatively well. The delays are nice, however I really would not recommend using the reverb. Just use the verb on your amp or in FOH. The modulation section is great too. Chorus is a little electronic sounding but the phaser, flanger, tremolo, and harmonist are amazing. I play both my fiddle and guitar through this and if you know how to set it up you will have a good sound from it.

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    5.0

    Bang for the buck

    I've had this for 4 years now. I thought it could replace my stomps that I sold to buy this. But I "lost" my sound. To regain my sound I purchased 3 items. Rocktron Nitro, Aphex Exciter, DOD Stero Crossover (EQ). These effects make a night/day difference. Some reviews are bad. ME 50 has to be used with a quality tube amp and guitar to get an honest opinion. As with any effect, it depends on your setup and amp. It's subjective. I've been playing 25 years.Some distortions I have tried to love, but can't. Thats distortion. I'm not into Metal and/or Fuzz. Also, I have compared the ME 50 to the original distortions, and I prefer the ME 50. The tone seems to be an improved version.Make sure you physically shut-off from rear everytime if you have it hooked up to a multi-adapter.The price has not gone down on this in 4 years. There must be something good about it for that to happen.

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    4.0

    Cheap Versitility v. Quality

    By rhfinlan

    from Charlotte, NC

    I owned this multi FX for about a year before it stopped working on me (May have been my fault). The distortion effects are ok...they give you a ton of options, some sound much better than others. The whirly effects (flange, phase etc) where pretty good and are where most of the value comes from. The delay is solid but the whammy/wah wah is just about worthless. Overall, this multi FX is great if you can not afford to spend thousands of dollars on floor pedals, but it is wasted money when you find out exactly what kind of sound YOU want.

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    5.0

    Boss ME-50 multipedal

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Overall, the ME-50 suits all my needs except does not produce an entirely satisfying overdrive. I use a modified ProCo Rat instead. My only beef is the wah is not up to standrads of top quality stand-alone pedals. Still, I value this gear for great versatility and bullet-proof reliability.

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    4.0

    It's a pedal you love to hate

    By G-tarra

    from Houston

    I've had this pedal actually for about 4 years now, and i've never had one problem with it breaking or messing up. I actually once dropped it off my car roof once backing out & forgetting about it. lol oops. But it still worked! But to get down to its effects. Its delay features are my favorite to use. Especially it's Hold(loop) feature. And its a very versitile pedal with effects speeds too. You just hold down the switch for a moment then you have control over whatever. Delay, tremelo, phaser, flanger, etc. Its expression pedal is alright. I use it rarely. But whats worse of all I have to say is the distortions! They SUCK! The only one I found decent was the Natural distortion. This pedal can go great with your pedal rig. I use it with 7 other pedals and it's great. Gets the job done. It can be very easily beat, I recommend this for beginners or just anyone looking for a decent affordable effects station.

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    4.0

    Quite good, yet, not outstanding

    By Tavo-VnVsE

    from Mexico

    6 months ago due to a missfortunated incident I lost all my pedals and had to buy a multieffect unit, at least to last for a little while, so I ended up buying this unit. Anyway, I've been using it since then and I can assure it gets the job done. this multieffect pedal includes a wide variety of settings, effects and features some people would find useful, the effects included in this pedal are quite good, some are better than other ones, for example the "chorus" sounds a little too digital, but it suits my music so I'm not complaining, maybe people who play calssic rock would find this to be a serious problem. Also, as some people have said, the distortion is weak, except for a couple of settings which happen to be alright, the wah seems to get the job done but by no means compares to a dunlop crybaby. On the other handm the flanger and the phaser are pretty decent, aswell as the "voice" effect included in the expression settings. The noise compressor is not bad at all either. In conclusion, I'm happy with this pedal despite it's not comparable to the sound quality obtained by individual stompboxes, but until I buy all the pedals I need I'll stick with this ME-50, and probably will keep on using it afterwards for room practice or maybe even rehearsal when I do not feel like carrying all the pedals. I would definitely not record anything with it.

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