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Packed with tons of awesome BOSS effects and ready to hit the stage, the ME-80 is the perfect compact tone processor for gigging guitarists. A user-f...Read More

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Compact pedal that offers you plenty of tone all in one knob-based interface.

Packed with tons of awesome BOSS effects and ready to hit the stage, the ME-80 is the perfect compact tone processor for gigging guitarists. A user-friendly, knob-based interface makes it quick and easy to dial in great sounds, with the flexibility of individual stompbox-style on/off or instant recall of complex multi-effects setups. Unique footswitches deliver even more control than previous designs for efficient and intuitive effects switching, patch selection, and realtime sound shaping while playing. It also includes free BOSS TONE STUDIO software to help you unlock even more tonal possibilities, plus a web connection to BOSS TONE CENTRAL for direct access to free patches created by pro guitarists and much more.

Find your own personal sound with the ME-80s extensive range of built-in effects. A complete history of gig-ready BOSS tone processing is at your command, from multiple overdrives and distortions to wahs, mod effects, pitch shifters, delays, and beyond. BOSS groundbreaking Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) technology is represented with the unique, spacious ambience of Tera Echo and the distinctive tone-shaping possibilities of Overtone. Updated COSM preamps include new additions such as Crunch and Metal, plus an AC preamp designed for acoustic/electric guitar.

Unlike typical menu-driven multi-effects processors that are complicated and unintuitive, using the ME-80 is as easy as using a stompbox. Effects are organized into eight logical categories that can all be active at the same time. Seven categories contain multiple effects types to choose from, plus dedicated knobs for selecting a type and adjusting it with a set of parameters youd find in the pedal version of the effect. The Pedal FX category has its own knob for quickly assigning a particular effects type or function to be controlled by foot with the expression pedal. You can even save all the current knob settings to one of the ME-80s 36 user patch locations.
The hands-on experience that stomp box control provides is perfect for tweaking tones as you go. In Manual mode, the categories function like individual stomp effects, with instant adjustment via the panel knobs and on/off control with dedicated footswitches. By entering Memory mode, seven footswitches are automatically reconfigured to select user or preset patches and patch banks, letting you recall complete multi-effects setups directly. One footswitch on the ME-80 is dedicated just for mode switching, so you can toggle between Manual and Memory modes any time you want.

FEATURES
  • Compact and powerful floor multi-effects with a simple knob-based interface
  • Eight simultaneous effects categories, each with multiple effects types
  • Dial up tones with the ease of using your favorite stompboxes
  • Includes a massive selection of top-quality effects, from classic BOSS stomps to the latest MDP effects
  • Updated flagship-level COSM amps derived from the GT-100
  • Eight multifunction footswitches and expression pedal
  • Manual mode for stomp box-style on/off; Memory mode for switching complete patch setups
  • Delay section includes Phrase Loop function with 38 seconds of recording
  • Runs on six AA batteries or optional PSA-series AC adapter
  • USB audio/MIDI interface built in
  • Free BOSS TONE STUDIO software allows you to edit and organize tones on your computer, and also preview and download free patches directly from the BOSS TONE CENTRAL website

Take your guitar to all new sonic heights with the ME-80. Order today!

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BossME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (32)
  • Versatile (30)
  • Excellent sound quality (28)
  • Responsive (24)
  • Compact (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (27)
  • Home studio (23)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Professional recording (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (12), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great multi-FX unit for an odd use.

I'm at a point with my playing that I don't want to mess around with gabage guitar equipment and I only want to buy gear that I will keep a long time. I used...Read complete review

I'm at a point with my playing that I don't want to mess around with gabage guitar equipment and I only want to buy gear that I will keep a long time. I used diffferent FX units throughout the time I've been playing guitar. Digitech tend to have horrible modeling and sounds very fizzy in my opinions so I gave up on them a long time ago. Roland, Line 6 and TC Electronics tend to be very expensive for what you get. Vox and Zoom no longer make the good units they used to. I had a Zoom which is owned by Roland as well as Boss and I thought it was the best bang for your buck, but I think they discontinued it because it's not wise for a company to compete against itself with a low priced product that sound just as good if not better than some Boss units. Vox no longer makes the Tone Lab line so another good one gone. I won't deal with Behriunger anymore, their effects aren't that great and the customer support is horrible. I used to own a Boss ME-25 which if I wasn't getting ready to be kicked out of my old place I'd still have, but I had to sell it with other gear so I didn't end up homeless.

The Boss ME-25 was a great little unit, but it lacked a few things that I'd use now. Then I checked out the Boss ME-80 and it had the things the ME-25 didn't have plus a few extras that I just love and enjoy.

I use this unit for practise at night so I don't get the cops called on me for being too loud and it's great for that. Considering I'm not a cover musician and I know what sound I want this is perfect for my FX loop on my Peavey 5150 and my BlackStar HT-40. I don't use the amp models when using my amps because I prefer tube preamp distortion over digital distortion anyday. What I do is run a noise gate and a signal boost as my only pedals in front of my amps and use this to color my tone through the FX loops. I love how I can engage and disengage the effects I want and wanted to cut like a pedal board. For lead I could engage a analog delay with an extra high mid boost and for cleans I could add a chorus to make my noisy 5150 sound much better for clean.

Drawbacks,
You really lack options for setting up your own signal chain, there are ways around that. For what I do I don't have an issue with that, some other musicians might.
It's not the best for modeling. Though you can get a lot of different sounds and tones from this unit, it doesn't offer a lot of amp and cab models for a gigging musician that plays a ton of covers where they need patches on the fly. You can set this up to do patches, but it works far better for effects than it does for modeling and patches.
I think they had in mind people using solid state amps when they design this. If you prefer tube distortion like I do then you may find using this a problem. My solution to this is run this unit through the FX loop and have a noise gate and signal boost in front of the amp to compensate for that. If that's too much of a pain you may as well go with TC Eletronics then and pay the extra money.
Last complaint, but nothing major. You figure for the money you pay they may as well supple a PSU with this unit. PSU don't cost that much and I don't inderstand the big issue with at least giving people buying this unit one. I hate the idea of going through 6 batteries a week, having to buy rechargable abtteries(a good investment, but pricey at first till it pays off) or having to go to Boss or some aftermarket company to get a PSA PSU(which I know I'll end up doing anyhow).

Since I don't play covers in a gigging band and I use this in my FX loop this unit works very well fcr me. I can't say this unit is for everyone, but if you have a solid state amp that you want to sound better, a tube amop where you just only use the effects and not the modeling and you don't play in a cover band where you need a ton of patches on the fly then this unit maybe for you. This is also a great FX unit for digital recording since it has a UBS output and is great for quiet practise so you don't disturb your neighbors. It's well build, sturdy and comes from a company that tends to back up their product very well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

If you like a thin processed sound...

I can't believe how many 5 stars this unnatural pedal received! I'm a Mesa Boogie tube amp player and I realize there is a need for solid state sounds IE; full on metal...Read complete review

I can't believe how many 5 stars this unnatural pedal received! I'm a Mesa Boogie tube amp player and I realize there is a need for solid state sounds IE; full on metal etc. Line 6 is a wonderful solid state amp with many huge epic sounds (don't get this board and just spend a little more and get a Line 6 amp and you're set in the solid state world) Not only did this pedal get great reviews but I always just loved boss' effects, so I thought I was good to go. BUT this pedal is the thinnest, most unnatural, plated sound I've ever heard. It doesn't even come with an adapter. So I thought the pedal didn't get a long with my Mesa Boogie so I tried to plug it in direct to the PA (and it only comes with a 1/8th stereo plug in for recordings/PA .. O brother!) and it even sounded worse! No real stereo and it even got thinner!

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4.0

Yes

By Tony

from England uk

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not Responsive

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

In no particular order........Good Value / Well made /Versatile /Amp models are pretty good especially The Bassman and the Drive./ The od/dist are just ok./ The Reverb lacks fine editing /Basic compressor. For stage use,you will need to spend hours adjusting volume levels,but once done,you will have the most portable-compact best unit available today. Its the best bang for buck for any gigging guitarist. (no brainer).

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5.0

Replaced a pedal board with almost $2000 worth of pedals

By Mr bob

from Mississippi

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    church worship band

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    5.0

    excellent

    By Daniel Jesse

    from Florida

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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 ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      I am a gigging guitarist. I play 1 to 5 times a week. This pedal has just about every effect you can think of, sturdy construction, built in tuner, 30 second loop (you cant save the loops but can come in handy), and looks very cool.
      I had the me 70 and was very disappointed with the sound quality, like it had no soul, so I returned it !
      the me 80 is good ! you can teak it and get your tone just right or darn close.
      I ordered a blemish for less and its like brand new except the owners manual was missing, but , no big deal, its so easy to use that its not really needed.
      Even for regular price its a great dea, cant believe they can sell it so cheap, no power supply (really?)
      besides the no power supply I would highly recommend. Thanks BOSS!

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      4.0

      Would recommend.

      By richard

      from undisclosed

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      Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      Fine product. Took awhile to find my sound but once I found it all is good. So much control and solidly built.

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      4.0

      Great for the money

      By Eddie

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        As with most multi-effects pedals the me80 will need some tweaking here and there but for the price and ease of use this pedal is nice. Much easier to use than the other pedals I have owned such as the pod500hd which is almost impossible to set up without the graphic interface software. The boss me80 come with graphic interface software which I tried but found I would rather use the knobs for better control. If you like Boss pedals then you'll enjoy this one.

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        5.0

        This is a great effects pedal.

        By Jes

        from New Jersey

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          This has fantastic sound effects. In all practicality it has an almost infinite amount of settings for different sounds. The 9 preset sounds and the 9 user preset sounds can be altered by either selecting another setting on the rotary knobs or by pressing on a different foot controller. And everything ties into the WAH control that can be used to control volume or WAH or the off position. I am also getting some cool sounds by connecting my old stomp boxes to the input and output of the ME-80.

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          5.0

          The best bang for your buck with this init

          By satch

          from ny

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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-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

            Great all around effects unit

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            5.0

            Stack + Tube Screamer + Comp Sus + Reverb = ME-80

            By Chan

            from KSA

            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 ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              This is my ultimate Guitar Effects for now... Or maybe this could be my last!

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              5.0

              love it

              By jap

              from tiffin,ohio

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              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-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                I've played out live for 26 years...I wanted a boss phaser and my brother had one of these....we traded some things and I loved it....got into some hard times and sold it....so now back on my feet and so I bought a new one

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Worth it's price in effects, easy to use

                By tony

                from MI

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                  I've been playing over 25 yrs, started out with cheap Arion pedals, moved on to DOD and eventually landed on using Boss. I used the Boss GT-8 prior to this and loved it, but it seen better days and needed to be replaced, so chose the ME-80 over individual pedals. I was amazed how much easier the ME-80 was to set up straight out the box. Lots of presets to choose if that is your desire, but I personally went with manual mode and set each pedal to the desired effect. Each effect is simple to set up in manual mode, the only downside is that unlike the GT-8, the ME-80 does not allow you to save your effect settings in Manual mode (You can save them to a bank for use only in Preset mode), so it is possible while transporting that your manual settings can be changed if the control knobs are disturbed.

                  I have used the ME-80 in my 100w Marshall tube, 30w Marshall combo, direct through PA, and direct USB to my PC recording software. It produced great sounds both in practice studio and playing live with my Ovation shallow body acoustic and '94 Jackson Pro and LTD Les Paul electric guitars playing oldies, classic and hard rock ranging from Ten Years After, Kansas, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Metallica to name a few. My range of music is versatile as I love most music prior to late 90's, and even few since, lol. Headphone and MP3 inputs make it convenient for quiet practice sessions and is handy for travel situations where it may not be feasible to carry an amp along.

                  For the price, you can't go wrong if willing to spend little time tweaking it to your desire. The only downside I can say is that 1) overdrive effects lack proper equalization having only a Gain, Tone, and Volume control making it difficult to get that perfect meaty, crunch I prefer for the heavier stuff. 2)Inability to save effect settings in manual mode.

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