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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (36)
  • Versatile (34)
  • Excellent sound quality (32)
  • Responsive (26)
  • Compact (21)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (31)
  • Home studio (27)
  • Amateur recording (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (18)
  • Professional recording (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (13), 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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5.0

Better than I thought it would be.

By Funny Boy

from Dorchester, Iowa

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I used to be a tube amp purist, but for the money this thing has great tone. Better than dealing with and buying a bunch of effects pedals.

       
      4.0

      Despite it's limitations, it's an outstanding pedal

      By JeanMusicMan

      from San Juan, Puerto Rico

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      I ordered this pedal because it's the closest thing to simulating using actual stompboxes as opposed to other multi effects pedals who make you make a preset for everything. The effects in this pedal sound organic and warm with exception to the majority of the distortions. The tube screamer, blues and overdrive distortions sound organic and close to the real thing. The other ones sound thin and digital. They could have given us more time to record with the looper, but it's no biggie because I Ditto looper to fix that problem. Overall, I would recommend this pedal to anyone who wants various effects and the effect to switch between them on the fly instead of having to switch between presets. It's a great buy

       
      4.0

      A Great Unit

      By Vains

      from Gurnee, IL

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • No Brainer
      • Responsive
      • User Friendly
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No Power Supply
      • No USB Cable

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Live Use
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      Last time I bought Boss product was back in 2000 and it was Boss GT-3. After that I gave up on Boss product period. I just got my ME-80 today and I didn't even have to touch the manual. I was playing on the flying and I would have to say that this unit blows all the other Boss multi processors to the gutter. Just because ME-80 is that easy to use. You can program your own patches but you can also get by just using "Manual" mode. Awesome sound quality and being all-knob based, it is very simple to use. I have seen all the other newer Boss GT products and ME products on youtube that seemed very confusing to use (specially in the live situations). ME-80 hands down a big winner.

      Now, the negative factors. Back in the days all the Boss multi processors used to come with power supplies. I guess Boss became so cheap that they couldn't even provide the USB cable for PC connection, let alone the power supply. Hence, I gave 4 stars. I am using 1-Spot and it works just fine.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Must have gear ...

      By OttoMatick

      from Seattle, WA

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      Pros

        Cons

        • no PSA

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • head phone amp
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        I upgraded from the ME-70. I use Stomp Box mode. I love the enhanced 2 foot pedals in one space layout. A pedal is available for each stomp box. I am not much of a banks person. I only use the distortions and amp models when plugged into a solid state non tube device.

        If you buy a single pedal for each me-80 effect plus a powered pedal board to carry them all around in then you're looking at 600-1000 easy. Price them, a CH2 or CH5 is 119. Plus the same COSM circuitry making the individual BOSS pedals are here all rolled into one. Plus a wah pedal. Don't tell them.

        I love using this as a stand alone head phone amp for the times no one else should or can hear, like at 3 AM when that song wants out. When no tube amp is available use this as the amp plugging directly into a PA, mixer, recording console. The amp models come in handy emulating your fave tube amp as do distortions then.

        When I use this with my tube amp I prefer using the amps fx loop(twins/deluxe/super reverbs excluded). I mostly use the chorus/delay/reverb types of effects and that is where those kinds of fx should be plugged into your amp. With an amp I never use the amp models because I want to hear my amp. I never use boost, OD or distortions because I want the real tube thing coming from my amp managed by amp channel.

        The thing I love the most is the loop pedal. There is nothing more fun and exciting than laying down a backing rhythm then playing lead and singing over it while people watch. They love it, cheer you on, sing along and gets your creativity going.

        So yeah more than 1000 worth of individual pedals all rolled up into one unit with a wah with a looper, at 299. Why are you reading this and not adding to cart?

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best bang for the buck!!!!!

        By Stevebeard

        from Carson Ms

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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:

          Does great for every application. Very happy with this product.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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).

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Replaced a pedal board with almost $2000 worth of pedals

          By Mr bob

          from Mississippi

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          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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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!

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great for the money

              By Shazaam

              from Everywhere

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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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