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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-80’s 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 you’d 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-80’s 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

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BossME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (22)
  • Excellent sound quality (20)
  • Versatile (20)
  • Responsive (17)
  • Compact (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (18)
  • Home studio (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (9), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I like it.

I have owned a Boss ME-80 for about a week and I have used it once in church. I am very pleased with how it performed and I plan to keep using it. ...Read complete review

I have owned a Boss ME-80 for about a week and I have used it once in church. I am very pleased with how it performed and I plan to keep using it. I previously owned a Line 6 Pod XT Live and I think it had (slightly) better sounding amp simulations, but after two breakdowns that required trips to the repairman, I decided to switch to Boss. The ME-80 has a bit more flexibility than the Line 6 unit did because you can operate it in manual mode. In manual mode it behaves similar to a pedal board that lets you turn individual effects on and off in real time. In memory mode it is similar to the Line 6 pedal, except for the addition of the Ctrl pedal that allows you to change a single parameter or switch a single effect on or off within the patch. Plan on taking a couple of days to explore all the sounds and adjust a few of them to your liking before your first gig.

The ME-80 has bright easy to read LEDs to indicate bank numbers (it's much better than the tiny Line 6 screen was). It is easy to program, especially when plugged into a computer. It is much more versatile that I expected. Popular effects like phaser, chorus, and reverb show up at multiple points in the signal path so you can sequence them in a variety of ways. You can even run multiple choruses or multiple flangers at the same time. The collection of available effects is huge, and they all live up to the quality you would expect from a Boss pedal.

While the amp simulations are not my favorite, they are close. I think I will get used to them. (If you have never played through a tube amp, you will think this unit sounds awesome.) Multi-effects pedals are not for everyone. But the Boss ME-80 appears to bridge the gap well between the control offered by a pedal board and the programmability of a multi-effects system. It's a keeper.

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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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5.0

Excellent!

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from Everett, Washington

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I am retired from live gigs and now play mostly at home, with headphones. The ME-80 is just about ideal for me. I used to have the predecessor product - MD-70 - and it had some shortcomings. The ME-80 is a huge improvement. It sounds better and offers additional controls over effects and EQ. The Aux In and Headphones Out work as advertised. The prerecorded music (Aux In) and the guitar (Headphones Out) both sound just as they would through speaker cabinets built for the task - no small accomplishment.

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      5.0

      Very Impressed!

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      from Stage Right

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I have stayed away from multi-effects pedals because most of those that I have tried were not designed for country players looking for the Telecaster sound. Certainly the presets were most always variations on distortion. This unit is so versatile! I dialed up some very clean sounds in Manual Mode and made some sweet lead tones with plenty of drive and punch. Slammed it straight into my Twin Reverb and it came out swinging. You can really dig into the options and come up with some great tones. If you're worried that this was created for the rock gods only, I assure you this can produce the TWANG!

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        1.0

        If you like a thin processed sound...

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        from Colorado

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

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

            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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            excellent price and quality

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            from NinewyreStudios-Spring Creek,Nv

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            Pros

              Cons

              • no a/c adapter included

              Best Uses

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

                Am a recording musician in the music game since the eighties. this is a great multi effects unit with a very reasonable price tag. Me-80 includes accurate replications of some of the coolest stomps ever available for guitarists.Really like the non complex ease of operation (unlike other flagship multi effect units). Operates in either stompbox mode or memory mode with ability to create and store several dozen presets. Ran these effects through both my MesaBoogie and Peavy 6505 plus stacks and sound quality is just absolutely Stunning!!!! No problem using this for gigging purposes-durable construction and excellent connectivity to your amp and PA simultaeously and also usb compatible for use with your favorite DAW. Excellent price and excellent sound quality no doubt!!!! Totally satisfied-thanks Musicians Friend. Only complaint is doesnt include a power supply

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Lighten Your Load and Get Great Tone!

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                from Wall, NJ

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Live gigs
                  • Performances

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

                  Welp. I looked at my massive effect box and thought, "If only they made a reliable multi effect pedal that didn't sound cheesy." It was like I found a 4x12 Marshall stack that sounded as good as a practice amp! Holy Grail! Infact, sounds better than my amp's distortion channel which was the envy of many guitar player/fans of the band over the years. I put the amp on clean, and let the ME-80 do its work. BUT FIRST, if you buy this unit used, reset to factory default. (hold down this and push that kinda thing. Gotta love the Internet).

                  Speaking of Internet, Boss has a website where you can get all kinds of preset tones. You like Hendrix? They got Jimi. You like Eddie? Vai? Covered. Oh yur a country guy? Boom! Every conceivable music type is covered. I simply set my amp clean and let the ME-80 do the rest. The software is free BUT the POWER SUPPLY IS NOT INCLUDED. Make sure you buy the offical Boss power supply. Im told other brands might take it's toll on your beloved unit and create some humming noise. Which, incidentally, this unit is as quiet as your clean channel. They even have a setting where you can turn your single coil into a double and vice-versa!

                  Forget the effects loop on your amp. Sounds awful. Go right in the front of the amp like any effects pedal. You can also use just like a poo load of separate stomp boxes. Set to manual and tweak away! You can also go between manual and stored presets on the fly! So if your a purest, make up yur own presets and even share them at Boss Tone Central! BTW forget the presets. Download the good stuff off Boss Tone Central first.

                  2 wires. Simple. Great tone. Built in tuner. Oh volume/wah/everything petal is great and totally customizable! Don't break your back or wallet, get an ME-80!

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                  5.0

                  A great multi-FX unit for an odd use.

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                  from Florence, KY

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to use
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Gig Worthy
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Great value
                  • Responsive
                  • Sturdy Build
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Noise Gate's A Pain
                  • Not Great For Modeling
                  • Psa Psu Wasn't Supplied

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • For An Fx Loop
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

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

                  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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome,Awesome,Freakin' Awesome

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                  from Miami, Florida

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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:

                    The stock effects are great!!! Haven't started tweaking yet because it's programed so well,But will download some of the custom Artist sounds from Bosses website. All the sounds I need at the tap of my feet.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    All you could want in a pedal

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                    from Mount Vernon, WA

                    About Me Experienced

                    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:

                      Freakin amazing guitar pedal. Anything you could dream of in one pedal. Epic pedal, i HIGHLY recommend this multi FX pedal especially for the intermediate level guitar player.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      ******

                      By 

                      from Brasil

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

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

                        My first experience with BOSS products, and I love it. great product AND SHOP GREAT.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Best mutli effects pedal I've ever heard

                        By 

                        from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Looper Cannot B Restarted
                        • Slight Tone Loss In Chain
                        • Wah Is Sharp On Ears

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

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

                        This is a great pedal for on the go musicians, the amp modelling is amazing for any style. Take it to rehearsal and set up in seconds, no guitar amp required.

                        There is a slight tone loss when trying to get a complete bypassed signal for say acoustic. Wah pedal is too sharp on the ears to use the full sweep. Lastly, for the looper you cannot prerecord a phrase at one point in the song, stop it and restart it when needed. Once you stop the loop, it's gone.

                        SUMMARY: If you were to hop on a plane for a gig, this will do almost everything you'll need, no need to bring that 60lb pedal case fear of having it lost, this 7lb pedal is a carryon. Boss has done a great job but I feel the wah and looper is the only area I feel needs for focus in the future, hopefully a software upgrade can fix this.

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