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Among the most versatile rackmount guitar preamps on the planet.

The DigiTech GSP1101 Gutiar Effects Processor is not just any ordinary preamp; it is designed to work with external amplifiers and rigs to preserve your core tone. By allowing you to switch between external preamps and internal preamps, then adding internal stompboxes, wahs, effects, delays and lush Lexicon reverbs, the GSP1101 is the most versatile rackmount guitar preamp on the planet. The GSP1101 can also be used alone like a standard preamp / processor. It's simple to set up with the setup wizard and easy to dial in with the easy to use interface. 1-2-3-Play!

The GSP1101 features balanced XLR outputs for direct recording, USB for programming and direct to computer recording. A flexible preamp loop allows the GSP1101 to be easily connected into any rig.

FEATURES
  • Intuitive user interface with dedicated amp controls and LCD display
  • Over 120 amp, cabinet, preamp and effects models including vintage stompboxes and pickup modeling
  • Stereo effects loop
  • 40 Tone and 40 Effect Chain Libraries - 1600 exclusive DigiTech combinations
  • Global EQ
  • Balanced stereo XLR and 1/4 in. outputs
  • Chromatic tuner
  • USB with audio streaming Editor/Librarian software included
  • MIDI In / Thru
  • Internal power supply
  • Front panel guitar input and headphone output
  • Footswitch and expression inputs
  • Seamless preset changes

Order today and tie all your gear together into a single, easy-to-manage system with the GSP1101.

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DigiTechGSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor
 
4.7

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (10)
  • Compact (9)
  • Good selection of effects (9)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Responsive (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Performances (9)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just buy one already...

If you plan on using it for live performance, just buy it! Rather than write another review and repeat most of what's already been said about the GSP, I'll give you some...Read complete review

If you plan on using it for live performance, just buy it! Rather than write another review and repeat most of what's already been said about the GSP, I'll give you some advice...

1 - Buy the Control 2 floorboard controller... It's that good! (and yes, it's way better, more flexible and easier to use than mating an FCB1010 with the UnO chip to the GSP)

As soon as you receive your GSP, immediately go to mustbebeta-dot-com and download the mustbebeta vC63 firmware for it. It not only adds additional amps, cabs & effects, it also contains a host of additional features and functionality that truly takes the GSP to another level... It even gives the GSP the ability to load up to 10 user cabinet IRs!

If you're not familiar with the mustbebeta firmware upgrades for the GSP1101, do yourself a favor and google it... You'll thank me later, I promise!
Had mine for almost a year now with no problems. I know others that have had theirs going on 3+ years without a hitch.
I'd give it a "7" with Digitech's official firmware. Mustbebeta vC63 brings it up to a solid "9" in my opinion.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just...O.K.

For the price it is very hard to beat. Compared to other similar products Ive found the models in particular (both amp and stompbox) to be far superior to the units over at...Read complete review

For the price it is very hard to beat. Compared to other similar products Ive found the models in particular (both amp and stompbox) to be far superior to the units over at line 6, sansamp, 11r, etc. HOWEVER! I cannot say to many good things about the mid gain low gain models (vintage marshalls, and fender amps) they all have an inherent "blanket" bass response that Ive spent and wasted hours trying to remove. (Ive come close! GSP1101 tip: on the Para EQ set the High at 8k with a narrow band) the Chorus flanger and phase effects are very good whereas some of the stomp emulations (digi death metal, grunge etc) are subpar. The harmonizer is also TERRIBLE! For my purposes the delays are OK and the reverbs aside from use on clean patches I find muddy up the distortion tones to heavily. As of right now Im only using this unit to supply FX for an Engl E530 and for that purpose its fine for now, although I am looking into TC electronic rack gear. One final positive note! I have found that in the FX loop of the ENGL it does not deteriorate the tone at all. Bottom line if your looking for a solid rack piece to fill in some pieces FX, amp modelling etc its does the job AND its made in the USA, noice! rock on!

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just buy one already...

By Frank R. Genus, Jr.

from East Coast

Comments about DigiTech GSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

If you plan on using it for live performance, just buy it! Rather than write another review and repeat most of what's already been said about the GSP, I'll give you some advice...

1 - Buy the Control 2 floorboard controller... It's that good! (and yes, it's way better, more flexible and easier to use than mating an FCB1010 with the UnO chip to the GSP)

As soon as you receive your GSP, immediately go to mustbebeta-dot-com and download the mustbebeta vC63 firmware for it. It not only adds additional amps, cabs & effects, it also contains a host of additional features and functionality that truly takes the GSP to another level... It even gives the GSP the ability to load up to 10 user cabinet IRs!

If you're not familiar with the mustbebeta firmware upgrades for the GSP1101, do yourself a favor and google it... You'll thank me later, I promise!
Had mine for almost a year now with no problems. I know others that have had theirs going on 3+ years without a hitch.
I'd give it a "7" with Digitech's official firmware. Mustbebeta vC63 brings it up to a solid "9" in my opinion.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice, but still digital sounding.

By KingV911

from Eau Claire, WI

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Comments about DigiTech GSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

I owned the GSP1101 and Control 2 foot controller for about six months, but I decided to sell them both last week. Now for the review: I really was excited about getting this. I read a lot of good reviews on it from trusted sources. They all said the effects were high quality, and the amp models sounded very authentic and genuine. After getting it and hooking it up through my effects loop using the 4 cable method and all necessary tinkering to get the tones I wanted I found that I was never satisfied with where it got me. It sounded very good, but it still sounded processed and digital. I used to own a Digitech Valve FX, a 90's effects processor that had a single 12ax7 tube in it, and that thing sounded a lot better to me - despite it being far behind in processor speed and user friendliness. So, after 6 months of not being that happy about the tone I was getting I decided it's back to amp tone and pedals. FYI I had the GSP1101 hooked up to either an old Crate Blue Voodoo 100w head and Vintage 30 4X12 or thru a Blackstar HT-5. I could write a lot more in depth, but the gist of it is I just couldn't get organic enough tone out of it. It also sucked original amp tone too much for me - even though one of its big selling points is that you can use your amps preamp and just use this for effects (which is the best way to use it because the internal preamp sounded slightly better than Line 6 stuff - "plastic tone" as I call it). I don't wanna bang on it too much - I still rate it a 7/10 because it does sound pretty good, it's very inexpensive for all that you get, it's very easy to operate, and with the Control 2 it really opens up the possibilites. But I'm slowly realizing simpler is better. Find amps with tone that you like and get some effects that you genuinely like and sound natural. Then concentrate on the actual playing. If you really like organic, genuine tone then I recommend trying before buying to make sure it is for you.
Feels pretty solid, but the face plate makes it look like a toy. Older Digitech units like the 2101 and Valve FX were less plastic looking.
I think it is very inexpensive for all the features you get - that being said please read my overall review.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works well and keeps going

By SoundGuru

from Utah

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about DigiTech GSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

    The 1101 works really well. The noise floor is really good and the effects have a very nice stereo image. One of the few units out there with true seamless patch changes (it actually has two processors that trade off) The midi implementation is also really good. Works well either with or without an amp. There is even a wizard that sets all of the I/O and DSP options for you based on how you are using it. I have used this with a Sans Amp, Triaxsis, Mesaboogie and Marshall amps. On the Marshall there was a ground loop which is easily fixed my inserting an Ebtech transformer between the send of the amp and the unit. The system is Dead quiet and sound great. The must be beta firmware is great if you want more features than the stock unit and it is free. With that you can load speaker impulse responses and you get extensive midi control features... Things that you won't find on units twice it's price.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Preamp!

    By DA_Guitar_Guy

    from South Texas

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Price

    Cons

    • Limited Selection Of Effects
    • No More Internet Updates

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about DigiTech GSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

    First off I have to say the controll you have over your tone with this thing is amazing. However the prests sound horrible, and you really have to do some digging to find the sound you want. The effects are limited, has good delay, good enough to get a good strong Rock or Metal tone. I find that the acoustic modulators straight up suck but, for me I just wanted a down and Heavy tone that wouldn't feedback and hiss all stupid on stage or in the studio and I found it!!! P.s. BOOO about no more updates! come on digitech we love you, love us back!!!

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent from beginning to end!!

    By Bob Holm

    from South Dakota

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Guitar Preamp

    Comments about DigiTech GSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

    This is such a great box! It is easy to use and comes with excellent presets. I had a head, 4x12 cab and many stomp boxes but now I have the GSP1101, Control 2, Velocity 100 and 4X12 cab.

    Talk about simple!
    Wah pedal = gone
    Noisegate = gone
    Volume pedal = gone
    distortion pedal = gone
    chorus pedal = gone
    delay pedal = gone
    reverb pedal = gone

    All that and more is wrapped in this box. I highly recommend this preamp. It is versatile and the modulation effects are superb.

    Stop reading this and buy one. Remember to get the Contol 2 foot controller to compliment and utilize everything the GSP1101 offers.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love It

    By John Ruszin III

    from NJ

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about DigiTech GSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      AMAZING sound qulaity for live and studio. A bit odd to get use to how to program it but VERY easy once you navigate it through the first time.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Out of the Box and Impressed

      By Morty5150

      from NJ

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      Comments about DigiTech GSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      I got this unit and out of the box I am impressed with the sounds I am hearing. First off I think it is very easy to use and dial in many good tones. I have tried the pod units and find this much simpler to navigate. In the past I have tried running effects processors through my JCM 2000 with no luck, the amp colors the tone too much. What I have been doing is playing through headphones to get a better idea of what the unit can do as an effects processor and amp modeler. What I think people do ineffectively is run the unit through an amp and speaker without taking into consideration the color the amp and speaker give the unit. The only con I will give the unit is that you will need the pedal baord to turn on and off simulated pedals. I was playing around with a SRV tone and wanted to kick in the overdrive and found myself having to edit the patch whcih took some time, had I had the board I would have clicked a button. But a seriously good unit, I would try it out first with headphones and dial in a good tone and go from there.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

      By steve malone

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about DigiTech GSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      I am ver pleased...like stated this system gives me the versatality that I was looking for, in a pre amp and effect system.....I must say good job digitech
      Let me start the review by stating that the service from Musician's Friend was beyond the best. I recieved my unit in 3 days (ful order...ordered a few other items) and even when contacted by the staff because of an order issue on my behalf, they were friendly, polite and professional. I also purchased a used B unit which honestly I can not tell any difference from a unit that was a hundred dollars more expensive.

      I am a struggling musician (non-professional) arent we all...LOL....who has been playing well I played for 15 years then gave it up for around 10 or so because, well we grow up....get busy with life, and you know how i goes. After 10 years I started playing again. I stil had my guitar (gibson V) but my amp was too big to move when I moved out of state so I bought a little fender 25 watt frontman....having to replace equiptment that I had in the past I bought a Boss multi effect pedal just to mess around with and get some effects....well was never happy with tthat unit...after playing for around 2 years the thing that was really bothering me was my tone....as it was always something in the past that I have had to always work with....I was able to achieve some good sounds but never had the versatility of may styles....So I saw this little unit from digitech....WOW...I have not even unleashed its full potential and only hav worked with a few presets and I must say, this is the best sound that I have ever achieved....Like stated above I play from Metalica to rainbow...to Led Zep....The Who....Ozzy...Maiden...Priest....I was totally into one of these styles throughout my playing...and must say that have achieved good sounds from various equiptment along the years...but never was I satified with playing these from one unit...I am not someone that tries to cover up my sound,...but rather use all my equiptment to achieve it...There really seems endless possibilities of what this thing can do....I am truely amazed...yes more epensive units may do the same thing....but for a mid priced system....this is a keeper....I also bought a Behringer Mini foot controller which I have just begun to understand how to program that...I will give a review on that Item at a different time....I must say that I have used other modeling preamps.....some good...some I was disappointed with like the Boss...just my opinion...and the gsp 1101 hits it dead on...I even said that if I can not get the sund that I am looking for after buying this system that I would quit.....guess I have to play on for a few more years lol.....I must say out of all of my equiptment I have purchased througout the years....guitars...amps....stomp boxes etc....I think this was the the one piece of equiptment that I feel 100% good about buying...without thinking it was an overkill....even though I am a closet gutairist.....this new toy will keep me busy for many years to come...
      I am not giving this a 10 because it is a new item and the quality you really never know about until you use it for some time...the knobs seems rugged although I think that if hit the wrong way may damage easily....the electrical componenets has to be top notch even though I am not a electro junkie...with a sounding system like this...they could not have used junk parts..all in all a rugged piece of equiptment
      This system can compete with Rack 11 or other systens and is half the price.....

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GSP1101 + Amp Head

      By DragonFlySlayer

      from Central Kalifornia

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      Comments about DigiTech GSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      I have been kind of confused for a while since I own two 5150 IIIs. I was looking at Fractal Audio's FX II and wondering if I want to switch to total modeling with a Power amp or not. I like my Fender EVH heads quite a bit though. The thing is that sometimes total modeling becomes to sterol sounding after a while. Too refined. So I was looking at the GSPs and noticed how they seem to advertise how you could incorperate them in your rig and not have to sacrifice your rigs sound. This caught my attention. And after looking at it closer and applying it to my rig I found it to be a wise investment to run into my amps and have access to some very good quality effects with decent parameters. Sort of like having the best of both worlds. Im running two Fender 5150 IIIs with a BBE Sonic Max looped in back and also in back and in front two of these GSP units incorperated wirth my amps while still using my amps for the main tone. I couldn't be happier. On the floor I still run my DT Whammy,Dejavibe 2 (Fulltone), Vox Big Bad Waw and a Paul Gilbert Airplane flanger and then a MXR Phase 90. For running with my amp I am very pleased. Good tone!
      I like the way it is easy to access effects and how it will also do everything from the face of the unit as well as the X-edit program on PC for setting parameters. Features that I think are a bit cool are the way you can connect it to my amp different ways as opposed to just being just limited to modeling only.
      I have been impressed so far with it's tone and quality of effects running through my amp. Im running two of these units through two seperate Fender 5150 heads. I run the set up that is on Page 12 of the manual #7. I really like the way this unit doesn't color up my amps natural sound or change volume levels within my amp. I also like the noise gate and Pitch shift. Soon I plan on getting the Control 2 Foot controller. Digitech states that it is our responsibility to register the product so I did. I haven't had it for very long, but so far I have had no problems with it.
      For the money I think Digitech did a good job. For effects and this unit's ability to access it's delays or change IO set up for a different configuration or to do some recording or modeling,..it has something for almost everyone in a sense depending on what you want to do. I have had Rocktron units and what I didn't like about them is the way you have to access everything just to set up something desired. Plus the Rocktron has only 1 second of delay time in the delay department. I do like the way the Rocktron doesn't change my amps sound though, and the Digitech GSPs also seem to operate with the saame quality in that department. I also have used some Lexicon MX400s and they are good but they tend to color my sound a bit and change the amps volume levels when bypassing.
      I was told by Digitech that the GSP has 2 seconds of delay time. I have adjusted over 4000ms for 4 seconds of delay time in the GSPs digital delay so Im still trying to learn all the ins and outs here.
      the chorus units modeled in it sound very nice. The parametric EQ is also very impressive as I was able to scoop out that mush mid and create some more bottom end and boost up my highs. There is also a MXR Flange that I really like. This will work real well.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      All i need to Sculpt "my" sound

      By andrew Morgan

      from boise

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      Comments about DigiTech GSP1101 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      10 out of 10 no doubt digitech did a fantastic job again
      As a young guitarist i've always preffered the consistancy of pre amp effects processors, because every time you turn it on its ready and set. So ofcourse the digitech gsp1101 was all I needed to finely tune my distortions and clean channels... Global and parametric EQ provide two seperate layers of detailed adjustments you could want to make to your guitar tone.
      This is part of my live rig and I use it for recording.. how can you go wrong with that?
      10 because it provides more than i need and then some.
      Worth every cent but who isn't trying to pinch penny's these days?

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