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Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

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Ultra-portable and easy to use, the GT-1 delivers pro-level tones everywhere you play. Driven by the powerful BOSS GT-series engine, it gives you acc...Click To Read More About This Product

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A multi-effects unit packed with a wide selection of premium BOSS sounds to take wherever you go.

Ultra-portable and easy to use, the GT-1 delivers pro-level tones everywhere you play. Driven by the powerful BOSS GT-series engine, it gives you access to a huge selection of world-class amps and effects for all types of music. A streamlined interface enables quick and intuitive sound creation, while an assignable control switch and expression pedal provide dynamic real-time effects adjustment. And by connecting to BOSS Tone Central, you can download free pro patches, editing software, and more. Equally suited for beginners, weekend warriors, and traveling players, the GT-1 packs premium sound in a compact and rugged package.

Exceptional Sound
Thanks to its flagship-class GT sound engine, the GT-1 provides tone quality and sound-shaping ability that far exceeds typical compact multi-effects. A history of BOSS processing is at your fingers, from classics such as the OD-1 Overdrive to modern effects powered by innovative MDP technology. There’s a huge selection of COSM amp tones on tap too, including vintage legends and BOSS original amps optimized for ideal tone and response. Specialized effects like Acoustic Simulator, Guitar Simulator, and others provide numerous tonal options, and there’s even a looper to enhance your practice sessions and stage performances.


Portable Tone Partner
The GT-1 was designed for musicians on the move. It’s surprisingly lightweight and compact, yet still delivers the rugged durability that BOSS is famous for. The modern design is easy to slip in and out of a guitar bag’s accessory compartment, with no worries of hard edges causing damage to your axe. AC or battery power provides flexibility for any performing situation, and up to seven hours of battery life is available for street performing and other mobile gigs.


Easy Patch Selection and Sound Creation
With the GT-1, it’s simple to find fantastic tones for your style, and just as simple to customize them to taste. Beginners can get great sounds right away, while more experienced players will appreciate how quick and intuitive it is to adjust sounds. The Easy Select function allows you to choose patches by genre, distortion, or effect type, while Easy Edit lets you tweak drive, modulation, and echo tones to perfection with little effort. Dedicated panel buttons provide quick on/off switches for effect groups, and also unlock deep-dive parameters for microscopic fine-tuning.


BOSS Tone Central and BOSS Tone Studio
At BOSS Tone Central, you’ll find tons of free patch collections for playing all types of music with the GT-1. Created by pro guitarists, these patches are dialed-in and ready to use, and make great starting points for advanced players who like to create their own custom sounds. The free BOSS Tone Studio software provides a full-featured editor/librarian for the GT-1, as well as integrated access to all the patch collections at BOSS Tone Central.


Maximum Control in a Small Space
The GT-1’s three footswitches are smartly designed to provide patch selection, tuner access, looper control, and more in a minimal footprint. The dedicated CTL1 switch is freely assignable to functions like tap tempo, effects on/off, and numerous others, while the expression pedal and toe switch are assignable to volume, wah, and various effects parameters. If you crave more control, there’s even a jack for connecting up to two external footswitches or an expression pedal. And in addition to providing access to BOSS Tone Central and BOSS Tone Studio, the GT-1’s USB jack lets you record and re-amp tones with your favorite DAW.

FEATURES
  • Flagship-class BOSS sound engine squeezed into a light and compact floor unit
  • Modern design with no hard edges enables safe transport in a guitar bag
  • Easy Select and Easy Edit functions for quickly choosing and tweaking patches
  • Four AA batteries provide up to seven hours of playing time for busking and mobile gigs
  • Onboard control switch and expression pedal; footswitch/expression pedal jack and USB
  • Download ready-to-play pro patches for free at BOSS Tone Central

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BossGT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor
 
4.2

(based on 17 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Good selection of effects (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)
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    • Experienced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very good sounds and flexability for the price

Background: session and gig guitarist. Mostly Pop,Rock,Rnb,Soul,Funk,Jazz,Blues.
I own the GT-1 for a week. Played with it,and did a gig with it.Read complete review

Background: session and gig guitarist. Mostly Pop,Rock,Rnb,Soul,Funk,Jazz,Blues.
I own the GT-1 for a week. Played with it,and did a gig with it.
I bought it for rehearsals and live gigs because i prefer not to bring my big and heavy pedalboard/amp/both every time.
TONE:
THE CLEAN SOUND (that i had a really hard time finding information online about) IS VERY GOOD and perfectly usable. Don't expect it to match a tube amp,but The amp modeling is of high standard. When you put a mild overdrive it sounds even better. Plus, you can always use the GT-1 in front of a tube amp so you'd get the best sound.
*Tip: The GT-1 Lets you configure what kind of output you'r playing through. When i plugged it in to my Blues Junior, it sounded the best using the STACK AMP output.
OD and Dist sound very good on this unit, although a bit harsh mids with some models as you would expect from a digital unit. This issue is easily fixed with parameter tweaking inside the models.
Modulation, Reverb,Delay,Wah are extremely good sounding. The Compressors are usable, but not on the same level.
EASE OF USE AND USABILITY:
Fantastic.Very intuitive and easy to tweak.
One issue though - It only has one footswitch for control (the other two is for going up or down the patches). What it means, is that i can only make one change to my sound. For example, i programmed it to kick in the OD on a certain patch. But what if i want a Chorus to kick in as well? it is possible by pressing the button that activates the chorus, but you cant do it with your foot because its to small. Therefore, I would recommend an additional footswitch if you are using it live.
As for usability, i'm blown away. This thing is about 1.2kg, fits in my gig bag and replaces my amp and fx! this is priceless for the gigging/session musician. i had a gig and i only took my guitar case,with the GT-1 inside.Nothing else.Very convenient(and healthy!)
BOTTOM LINE:
Convenient,great sounds and flexible.
Have Fun!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

I expected more from BOSS, the 32 second loop doesn't make any sense to me, even made in China Mooer GE100 have 180 sec and excellent quality sound, plus very nice realistic drum...Read complete review

I expected more from BOSS, the 32 second loop doesn't make any sense to me, even made in China Mooer GE100 have 180 sec and excellent quality sound, plus very nice realistic drum pasterns and comes with power supply, cost much less. Manual on GT-1 awful, I found only 1 things better between Mooer GE100 and BOSS GT-1 that you can set on each path a sound volume, the Mooer miss that option. I would recommend BOSS-GT1 only if you don't care about loop.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Legendary Pedals in a Box

By Marky Mark

from Pittsburgh PA

Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

So many legendary pedals in this box, a lot of their own but Sims of others as well. I have many Boss pedals and did a side by side comparison and it's right on. I always download the owners manual before I buy and several sites have the manual in a Google search, look for Boss GT-1 Manual PDF download. Also a parameter FX List. You can see what it is all about. Also you can YouTube the free Boss Tone Studio editor librarian to see how it looks and works. Though the unit comes with many usable presets unlike a lot of others, I like making my own because they can sound significantly better. On the Boss Tone Center website there is guitar hero Steve Lukather of the ban Toto and he has his own patches he created himself. He even has a 3 minute video playing the patches and talking about them. He is undoubtedly known worldwide as having some of the greatest tone on guitar out there. This is tone I have never been able to achieve, hard as I tried. There are many artists patches there. I find this unit to have great flexibility in its ability to over all the bases from clean to heavy to hi gain. First time I ever saw this much pedal for such an affordable price. It has so much repeatability, which I like, but the tone library is the way to go if you want others creativity in your arsenal. Hats off to Boss. Nothing I do not like about this pedal.

  • Was this a gift?:
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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The GT-1 Is Vantastic

Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

Overall I have been very impressed with the GT-1. I have quite a few other multi-effect pedals and I will say....This pedal has the most usable patches right out of the box. I mainly use patches for a classic rock/bluesy tone and I have been very pleased with what this pedal has to offer. There are plenty of patches for you metal guys too!
The construction is sturdy and all functions are easy to use. The screen and lighting around the switches is really bright. It does not come with a power cord. (I ordered one right away. The only improvement I would suggest is to have this included.) I have not used it on battery power so I can't tell you how long it will run on batteries.
This has become my new favorite! I just love the sound I am getting out of the patches I use. They make my other pedals seem obsolete. I can't stop wanting to play with this thing!
I recommend the GT-1 and would not give mine up for anything.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good sounds and flexability for the price

By Dale

from Israel

Pros

  • Convenient
  • Flexible
  • Great Sound

Cons

  • Needs another footswitch to maximize potential
  • Some Dist/OD have a bit harsh mids

Best Uses

    Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

    Background: session and gig guitarist. Mostly Pop,Rock,Rnb,Soul,Funk,Jazz,Blues.
    I own the GT-1 for a week. Played with it,and did a gig with it.
    I bought it for rehearsals and live gigs because i prefer not to bring my big and heavy pedalboard/amp/both every time.
    TONE:
    THE CLEAN SOUND (that i had a really hard time finding information online about) IS VERY GOOD and perfectly usable. Don't expect it to match a tube amp,but The amp modeling is of high standard. When you put a mild overdrive it sounds even better. Plus, you can always use the GT-1 in front of a tube amp so you'd get the best sound.
    *Tip: The GT-1 Lets you configure what kind of output you'r playing through. When i plugged it in to my Blues Junior, it sounded the best using the STACK AMP output.
    OD and Dist sound very good on this unit, although a bit harsh mids with some models as you would expect from a digital unit. This issue is easily fixed with parameter tweaking inside the models.
    Modulation, Reverb,Delay,Wah are extremely good sounding. The Compressors are usable, but not on the same level.
    EASE OF USE AND USABILITY:
    Fantastic.Very intuitive and easy to tweak.
    One issue though - It only has one footswitch for control (the other two is for going up or down the patches). What it means, is that i can only make one change to my sound. For example, i programmed it to kick in the OD on a certain patch. But what if i want a Chorus to kick in as well? it is possible by pressing the button that activates the chorus, but you cant do it with your foot because its to small. Therefore, I would recommend an additional footswitch if you are using it live.
    As for usability, i'm blown away. This thing is about 1.2kg, fits in my gig bag and replaces my amp and fx! this is priceless for the gigging/session musician. i had a gig and i only took my guitar case,with the GT-1 inside.Nothing else.Very convenient(and healthy!)
    BOTTOM LINE:
    Convenient,great sounds and flexible.
    Have Fun!

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    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    So Far So Good

    By Rhett

    from Vista, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use, compact, all around nice.

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        So far so good for this rookie pedaler and the GT-1. I picked this up instead of trying to build a pedal board and wasting money on the wrong pedals. For the price this thing is pretty darn good. I've just been using the built in patches and the pre-made downloadable one, but the videos look pretty easy to make your own so I'll be doing that soon. The software makes it easy to stack the patches in the order of my projected setlists, and that is great.

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        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very good "baby" multieffects pedal

        By guitarzan

        from albuquerque

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        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

        I bought this to replace my GT100 on stage. The 100 is a tremendous pedal, but just to large and heavy to tote to gigs all the time, and it takes up too much room on stage. The GT-1 can do 95% of the things the GT100 can, with a much smaller footprint. It doesn't have some of the finer adjustments that the 100 has, but does fit the bill. Sounds really good, easy to use, and it much simpler and more compact on stage. And best of all...it fits in my gig bag. No separate case. It's built really well. Very robust.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great sound in a small package.

        By tubefexs

        from Canada

        Pros

        • Lots of sounds and great effects. S

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

            A great portable pedal with lots of different sounds. Even though you don't have banks or a manual mode to turn off effects you can assign sounds to the control or expression pedal which allows you to turn on/off effects with the press of a button or by using the volume pedal. Very handy. Kind of like having 2 or 3 patches in one. The sound will depend a bit on the type of guitar you have but all in all this is a very practical and solid unit. It's not going to match up to a good tube amp with a good pedal board but it certainly is worth the money and sounds great. Good job Boss.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Big sound for a little pedal

            By Dave "DD" Dunlap

            from Knoxville, TN

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • 198 useful tones
            • Easy to fine tune
            • Love Tone central library
            • The Cosm sound is as good as the Gt 100 pedal

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

                I use multipedals mostly in my set up. The presets on the pedal are right on. I went to Tone Central and downloaded another 99 presets. I have never had a pedal that has had this many useful tones. I set up a blues set of downloads, classic rock tones, clean and jazz tones, and an acoustic section. There are 10 tones or more in each section that I can and do use. Yes, there were some weird sound sets but I replaced them from the library. I still have plenty of tones left to choose from. This pedal is so versatile and practical. Boss hit a homerun with this pedal.
                This pedal completes my stage set. I go through a Radial shotgun, 4 way splitter to a Ve-8, GP-10, Sys300 and now the Gt1 (which replaces my big Gt). I can play acoustic, fusion or rock just by adjusting my volume control pedal from the units. At times there is a littlebit of everything going on for a fat fusion sound. I use a Radial mic splitter for vocals from the Ve-8 and Digi 4 for the harmony vocals. It is amazing what technolgy allows you to do today.

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                • No

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I don't know why anybody would buy anything else

                By Lewwwis

                from Fort Mill, SC

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

                  Smallest machine with the biggest sound

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Offers so much, and so little.

                  By Jimi lives!

                  from Seattle

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

                  Good musical tool if you aren't too concerned about vintage analog tone. As a player from the Old School, this sounds like margarine, not butter - just sayin'.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Least expensive Boss GT box. That's a first!

                  By bgl

                  from Pittsburgh

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Tera Echo is simply beautiful

                  Cons

                  • Not nearly as warm as other Boss GT boxes

                  Best Uses

                  • Batter power allows super fast on and off stage

                  Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

                  Diverse. A bit digital (not too much, though.) Computer editing is fantastic. Wi-Fi would be even better.

                  (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

                  By kaazis

                  from La Costa

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Good selection of effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Loop 32 sec.
                  • No power switch On/Off

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

                  I sold Mooer GE100 and switched to Boss GT1 to see what's all about. I like the sound and setting, however comparing with Mooer 180 sec loop the Boss fail short and have only 32 sec. No Drums either and it doesn't comes with Power Adapter (you need purchase separate) So, it just simply effects pedal

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                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

                  By kaazis

                  from La Costa

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                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Portable size and light weight
                  • Set individual Path Volume
                  • You can download Patches

                  Cons

                  • Light on CTRL so bright Hurt eye's
                  • Loop 32 seconds
                  • Manual poor
                  • No Drum Paterns
                  • No synchronization with BOSS DR-3
                  • Power supply optional
                  • Small Display

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

                    I expected more from BOSS, the 32 second loop doesn't make any sense to me, even made in China Mooer GE100 have 180 sec and excellent quality sound, plus very nice realistic drum pasterns and comes with power supply, cost much less. Manual on GT-1 awful, I found only 1 things better between Mooer GE100 and BOSS GT-1 that you can set on each path a sound volume, the Mooer miss that option. I would recommend BOSS-GT1 only if you don't care about loop.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    For Me, Perfect!

                    By bgl

                    from pgh, pa

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Portability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gig In Another Country

                      Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

                      I played a few gigs in 2017 where I needed 2 things. I needed to be on and off stage faster than ever before, and 2, I needed the Boss to function on batteries in Iceland. I've used other battery powered mfx boxes, and I've never had this much power from one battery operated mfx device before.

                       
                      4.0

                      Review of the Boss GT-1

                      By GtrTom423

                      from Fort Mill, SC

                      About Me Experienced

                      See all my reviews

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Less distortion default patches
                      • On/Off switch

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Practicing quietly

                      Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

                      I bought this panel for myself as an upgraded Christmas present from my Korg G4 Pandora's Box that I owned for over 10 years. I was looking for something with as many effects and flexibility for home practice, but had also hoped that I could bring something to an open mic night to easily plug into any amplifier or PA system. Anyone who has ever tried to show up at one of those events and get stuck with a bad amplifier would appreciate it like me.

                      I would agree with the reviews I have read so far in that it is easy enough to use initially without going through the user manual to customize the effects and sounds and parameters each patch. For the reviews I have read related to tone quality issues, I would strongly urge any of those people to dive deeper into the manual as they will find it to be much more flexible then I think they are giving time to discover themselves.

                      I find the device very easy to use and very portable, as well as very easy to practice with an MP3 player. Is giving the player a lot of functions for the type of instrument that they are looking to put through or the flexibility of choosing various outputs like headphones or different types of amplifiers is very good. The only negative thing I will say is that they should have an on off button on the unit as opposed to being required to plug-in quarter inch guitar cable to start it. I would also ask the Boss company to include a power cord with this effect, or any in a price range around this or more. It's not that I don't appreciate the battery power option, but if you wanted to put it in a pedal board, the power cable would be a better option.

                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      So far so good

                      By Thomas Siano

                      from Connecticut

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

                        Had a GT3, it died, trying to replace it with a GT1

                        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Good product

                        By Pastor Rick

                        from Sebring, Florida

                        About Me Experienced

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

                          I used it in a contemporary Christian music service

                           
                          4.0

                          Perfect for jamming and tour

                          By Sol Zph

                          from Los Angeles

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Boss GT-1 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

                          I used this pedal for practice and very rare on concert/show. It seems very responsive and easy to use with so much selection to choose for the sound you want. Pedal works well but don't expect replace your wah with this pedal because it'll disappoint you. Otherwise it's easy to set and user's friendly, although until this time I'm still getting use to how to work and find best sound for my recording. There you have it the best pedal for axing.

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