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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 49 reviews)

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    (36)

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    (11)

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    (1)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (40)
  • Versatile (39)
  • Excellent sound quality (34)
  • Responsive (27)
  • Compact (25)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (35)
  • Home studio (31)
  • Amateur recording (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (19)
  • Professional recording (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Professional musician (14), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lighten Your Load and Get Great Tone!

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...Read complete review

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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Same price. More features. Hmm.

Thought this would be a great upgrade to the ME70 that I have but in the end, when you
Add so many features for the same price point something has to give....Read complete review

Thought this would be a great upgrade to the ME70 that I have but in the end, when you
Add so many features for the same price point something has to give. It did; the
Sound quality is lacking from the 70. Sent it back.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lighten Your Load and Get Great Tone!

By Guitarmacist

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!

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I like it.

    By Jim

    from Olympia, WA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Proram
    • Easy to use
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Powerful Manual Mode
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Country
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Metal
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Rock

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

      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.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just what I was looking for

      By Tekvow

      from Waukesha, WI

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Complete Integration

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      The ME-80 is like having 5 or 6 Boss pedals all rolled into one pedalboard plus much more. Weight is about that of an electric guitar. On the road you may want to carry a backup because with a breakdown you loose all your pedals. That is the ONLY CON I can think of. Its awesome.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great multi-FX unit for an odd use.

      By BoneCrushingMetal

      from 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.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sickkkkkk

      By dustybip

      from indialantic fl

      About Me Professional Musician

      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:

        Best thing I have purchased in a very long time. I had the ME-50 and loved it for years.This is a total step up and very very very easy to use. Right out of thebox its ready to jam with. Would definitely recommend to any guitar player. The new fx sounds great and just wait till you get it and mess with it... you will fall in love. Boss is the way to go with sound.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great savings on stompboxes

        By keithdrover

        from Costa Mesa, CA

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Questionable Distortions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Concerts
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        I love this multi-stompbox. The effects are equally as quality as the individual stompboxes are. The unit is very easy to use, and without reading the instruction manual, you could do everything on this unit, short of saving self-made presets. The only area where this unit could improve upon, in my opinion, are the distortion presets. I guess I'm just extremely used to the distortion from a tube amp, so if I wanted to use distortion along with this, I'd just put this unit in the effects loop of my ENGL, and use the effects of the ME-80, and the distortion from my tube amp. Overall great product though; very rugged, hundreds of effect combinations, and a USB interface to get more tones from BOSS's website.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Go ahead and buy it

        By -jim

        from NashYorkCity

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

        I'm very happy with this pedal; it sounds great, is versatile and does almost everything you could ask for.

        First the negatives but keep in mind that these are all minor:
        - Can't change order of effects but effect sections are each flexible enough to overcome this.
        - Have to switch to manual mode to switch individual effects on/off; it's only an extra click but the ideal pedal would have a separate set of foot switches for memory changes and effect on/off but the ME-80 does have one foot switch that's programmable.
        - the expression pedal has limited options but the most common uses are there.

        Positives:
        - Sounds great
        - Easy to use
        - Ctl foot switch can be set to toggle a group of effects on/off (turn some on and others off) OR change a single knob's setting (for example change delay time or rotary speed)
        - it wakes up in the mode you left it in when you powered down.

        Another reviewer didn't like the distortion sounds, I disagree both the distortion pedals and preamp models sound great – and combine like the real thing. Of course it's possible to pick bad combinations but it's the same with the original pedals and amps. I own a large variety of gear and this is a welcome addition. Keep in mind that no single piece will do everything but for the price of a few individual pedals you get an all in one that can be used easily as a single effect or multi-effect in the studio and for live will be the only pedal you need to bring – no patche cables between pedals to fail in the middle of the set, etc.

        You will want to buy the adapter - batteries are always bad since they go dead at the worst time and are just a waste.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Versatile Processor with Great Sounds

        By TexasTele

        from Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          This processor meets and exceeds my needs for a versatile array of effects. The primary applications for this product will be for pop, rock, blues, jazz and ambient sounds. So far I have been able to achieve just what I need with this product. The manual effects switching is intuitive and easy to use right off the bat, and the memory mode is fairly straightforward, but some time with the user guide will result in less frustration. The amp models will give you a great realistic & authentic foundation for many sounds and the effects successfully provide whatever "color" you might desire in the patch. The loop function @ 38 seconds is very handy for in home practice. The expression pedal is a bit stiff, but I imagine it will break in fine with use. Overall, this is a great product, especially for the price. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a more compact rig when compared to similar setups by way of traditional stomp boxes and for someone that sees the utility of a processor to be more effective than tap dancing your way around a pedal board.

          (4 of 4 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?

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Jack of all trades, master of a few

            By Andy

            from Texas

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

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

              The ME-80 is an awesome tool no matter what style of music you play. I play in a worship band, which is mostly mild overdrive and spacey delays and volume swells. This pedal is perfect for applications such as this. The pedal actually has three different delay stages (two of which have tap tempo) so if you want to get really crazy you can. When playing on a solid state amp, I've found that it is actually better to treat the amp models sort of like an overdrive or distortion pedal because the EQ is more customizable (a 3 band as opposed to just a tone knob) and using the OD/DS stage as more of a solo boost. However, when playing on a tube amp that has a decent gain stage built in, I have found it better to stay away from the amp models. That being said, I have been able to get some pretty sweet metal, blues, and classic rock tones out of this thing after messing with the models and the EQ for a bit. I will say that it takes some time to really get what you're looking for. Because there are so many different ways to shape your tone, the possibilities are literally endless. This is both a pro and a con, because with choices come indecisiveness.

              All in all this unit is awesome. It has allowed me to mess around with and learn to use effects that I would have never bought or even tried out without them being already built in to this pedal. It can give some awesome character to any amp you plug it into and also gives the option of going direct in to a PA due to the amp models. For the price of a basic delay with tap tempo and an OD pedal, you get every effect you will ever need. Is it gonna make your cheap amp sound like a dual rectifier? Definitely not. But it will give you options that you never thought you would have and makes playing guitar feel fun and new all over again. It's a great product that I could not live without.

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