Boss GT-100 Guitar Multi-Effects PedalItem ID: GT100
Guitar Amp Effects Processor with 6 Footswitches, Expression Pedal, COSM Sound-modeling, EZ Tone, and USB Computer Connectivity
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Shift Your Tone Into High Gear with Next-Gen Amp ModelingThe BOSS GT-100 Amp Effects Processor blows past its predecessor with next-gen amp modeling that gives you incredible vintage guitar amps as well as new COSM tones and effects to help you blaze new sonic frontiers. The GT-100's user interface, with it's easy-to-see dual LCDs, gives you instant access to beastly processing power, while the popular EZ Tone feature has been freshly juiced with powerful customization options. USB lets you inject this tone potion straight into your DAW. Want to shift your guitar sound into high gear? Your pedal has arrived: the BOSS GT-100.
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BOSS GT-100 Amp Effects Processor at a Glance:
Go way beyond vintage with advanced COSM
Sporting a next-gen COSM processor, the BOSS GT-100 opens you to new avenues of sonic expression. Re-creating precise details of vintage amps and their behavior, the GT-100 goes way beyond cloning them to give you vast new frontiers of undiscovered tones. Amp Customize lets you start with a classic amp then morph it into another dimension altogether, carving out totally new sonic territory.
Clean, intuitive user interface
BOSS has fitted the GT-100 with a highly effective, easy-to-operate dual-LCD/8-knob user interface that gives you quick access and very intuitive control. Perhaps best of all, there are no menus to navigate! Every parameter is always available for instant tweakage. Tone customization functionality has been improved as well. All your amps, patches, and overdrive settings can be created from scratch and/or customized with the user-friendly graphical Tone Grid.
Sculpt new tonal textures with the Accel pedal
The BOSS GT-100's Accel pedal puts considerable tone-shaping mojo right under your foot. Control multiple parameters at once, as well as time-variant effects such as Twist, Feedbacker, and S-BEND. Use the pedal to conjure creative combinations of parameters all interacting in real time! You might be getting the idea that (aside from staking claim to being a monster tone machine) the GT-100 is also boatloads of fun. And you'd be so right.
A/B Channel Divide function
The GT-100 sports another new feature: A/B Channel Divide. With it, you assign different amps and effects to each channel and divvy up the signal by dynamics and frequency. Each channel drives its own effects and amp settings. Assign creamy, liquid lead tones to the mid-to-high pitches, for instance, and gritty, cutting tones to your lower notes. With the BOSS GT-100, you can explore a vast universe of tonal possibilities.
BOSS GT-100 Amp Effects Processor Features:
Take your guitar tone to the limit with the BOSS GT-100 Amp Effects Processor!
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Mario, Indianapolis, IN
Reviewsbased on 13 reviews
by James White from Delmar, MDI've owned several Modelers over the years,Johnson J-station,Digitech Gnx2,Line 6 Podxtlive and others too.I first got the new line6 podhd500 wow what a huge letdown that was!!! Went to line 6 customt... read more [+]one cause ive been there before with my xtlive.After 4 hours I was unable to get anything to sound even acceptable and I've got alot of experience with processors!!! So I sent it back in exchange for The Boss Gt100 and Boy it was like night and day.First of all their are presets in this thing that can get u playing right away!!!Second this is by far the easiest processor I've ever used.It has a Easytone feature that with several sounds for 15 different Musical Styles!!!! And this Thing sounds awesome!!! Oh and also u can use the 4 cable method and hook it up to your favorite tube amp and use it for effects!!! Go on youtube and look up this method!!! And as far as I'm concerned Line 6 has got to go back to the drawing board!! I'm mean Roland also has the gr55 which I have also!!! How line 6 is so popular is beyond me...... close [-]
March 31, 2013
Music Background: Hobbyist
waaaay better than the GT-10 - no 'cocked wah' sound!
by Tony H. from North Carolina, USAI have been using amp modeling gear for years, from the lowly Behringer V-Amp 2 to the Line 6 POD X3(I took a pass on the HD series - Line 6 rushed it out there door with HUGE issues, both hardware an... read more [+]d software, plus they threw us metal guitarists under the bus to feature lots of 'boo-teek' amps that only rich lawyer/'wannabe bluesmen' even care about) to the Digitech GSP1101 rack unit, plus all the computer-based systems like POD Farm, Amplitube, Guitar Rig, etc. I have also used several amp modeling amplifiers over the years. And, yes, I have owned good old-fashioned tube amps as well... The KEY to amp modeling is KNOWING WHAT YOU ARE DOING. I know that's a blow to alot of guitarist's egos(what? musician's have egos?! LOL), but despite all the media hoopla, for a SERIOUS pro-quality tone, amp modeling gear - no matter from what manufacturer - is NOT 'plug-n-play'. You DO have to learn it's nuances and spend some time with it... and frankly, in this day and age of 'I want it all and I want it now', people won't spend the time and make snap judgments that amp modeling 'sucks' or that it's too complicated, saying 'I don't like to fight for my tone'. Well Gomer, the world needs ditch diggers too, so... ;0)
March 20, 2013
Music Background: guitarist since 1987
The build quality is there, of course - hey it's a BOSS! I think the phrase 'built like a tank' was invented to describe BOSS gear... there's a reason you find BOSS gear on LOTS of touring pro guitarists rigs, much more so than trendy 'boo-teek' gear - they always WORK and you can buy em anywhere should something need to be replaced(which is rare indeed). It can sound like a million bucks, but if it breaks down every third gig, then it just doesn't matter. You can RELY on BOSS gear.
The first thing one will notice different about the GT-100 from the GT-10 is the dual LCD screens. The brown/orange display is easily readable and can be adjusted to taste regarding brightness and contrast. It also doesn't temporarily blind your eyes like the overly-bright blue GT-10 screen often did when looking into it on a dark stage... The reason for the dual screens is that you can pull up your entire signal chain on the left side, then see the specific parameters of whatever is highlighted there, on the right side. It might not seem that helpful when just reading a description of it, but when you see and use it in real life, you'll instantly appreciate it's usefulness. If there are more parameters available than can fit on one screen, you'll notice the familiar folder tabs, just like on the GT-10, so you can just hit the 'page' button to scroll over.
The effects are top-notch - again, it's a BOSS. If it's not there, you probably don't need it... and YES, it has 'spillover' on time-based effects like delays and reverbs, so if you're switching quickly from one patch to another mid-song, your repeats aren't going to cut off unnaturally. I like the feedbacker effect, enabling me to play with feedback as if I'm live next to a huge wall of amps, even though I'm recording silently in my home studio(I've recorded a handful of original music CDs using modeling gear since 2006). The bullet-proof pedal is there for volume control, wah effects, or any other effect as well, as EVERYTHING is tweakable and assignable. You can assign anything to anything, so if you wanna have your delay repeats ramp up, boost your overdrive, add some chorus or flanger by hitting a single button, you can! The ACCEL button is something I usually assign to something else... at times, BOSS seems to be stuck in 80s shred territory for some reason(I'm guessing that's still 'big in Japan', no pun intended), so by default ACCEL has these weird laser-beam effects in it that quite frankly, I'd NEVER use - so I don't. I usually program the ACCEL button to a feedbacker. It's your choice - which is what modeling gear is about - CHOICES. YES, there is the ubiquitous looper on there as well - isn't there a looper on EVERYTHING nowadays?! I only use it to record a guitar riff, then I can tweak the tones at will while IT plays the riff over and over... but that's just me.
The amp modeling itself is top notch - although for me personally, I only tend to use about a half dozen or so, so there are ALOT more that I just don't need... but maybe YOU do, so they're there. BOSS doesn't use the actual names of the amps being modeled, but if you've been around at all, you know a Marshall or a Fender or a Mesa Boogie when you hear it. hehehe ;0) The dreaded 'cocked wah syndrome' that plagued the GT-10 is GONE! YAAAAY!! I know a BUNCH of guitarists that shied away from the GT-10 because of it, but now there's no reason to NOT give the GT-100 a try. There are quite a few 'advanced' amp models as well... why they' are 'advanced', i have no idea, but there are many, many choices as far as preamps go. There are also many, many choices as far as speaker cabinets to use, different microphones, all completely positionable, just like in 'real life'. There are also 'custom' settings, so you can design your own preamp or speaker cabinet tones - it's ALL up to you. Or, you can just leave it at the default configuration and just twist the bass-middle-treble-presence-gain-volume knobs, just like on a 'real' amp.
And now for the BAD: yes, there is ONE thing where BOSS completely DROPPED THE BALL. I am about TRUTH, and as they say, the truth shall set you free... THERE IS NO NATIVE GT-100 SOFTWARE FOR DESIGNING TONES ON THE COMPUTER. WTF?! This is 2013, BOSS/Roland! There IS an independently developed GT-100 editor software made by a guy with the screen name of 'gumtown' that can be downloaded for FREE to work with your GT-100 on the computer(just google 'BOSS GT Central forums' and you'll find him). I have it and it works great - but come on, this is just freakin' RIDICULOUS! Line 6 has a thriving online community based around the POD line of modeling gear... why BOSS has completely missed the boat on this is beyond me. I literally scratch my head in wonderment at how they could NOT wanna capitalize on *cue dramatic music* THE INTERNET. Okay, I'll step down off my soapbox now... but COME ON BOSS, GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!!!
I know this has been a long review, and quite frankly, I'm just scratching the surface on what this amazing piece of kit is capable of doing. There is NOTHING you cannot do with the BOSS GT-100. You can record your next hit single while the baby sleeps in the next room, play live worship at your church on Sunday, or tear down the club on Thursday Thrash Night. You can plug it directly into your computer's USB port, run it direct into the house PA system, or run it into that iconic Marshall stack via the 4-cable method and mic the cabinet, 'old school' style. Simple or complex, again, it's ALL UP TO YOU. close [-]
by Brad Bowhall from upstate,NY USAThe best peace of equipment that I have had in a long time had an ART SGX2000, and Then the Boss gt-10, Like the fact that I can Split different amp sims to left and right for a true Stereo setup, ha... read more [+]ve only had it a couple months and as of yet have found no limits to it. close [-]
January 29, 2013
Music Background: Musician,Playing Metal guitar for 31 years
by Aaron from Lake Chelan, WAAll the effects are really, really superb. One of the many cool things about this is that you can assign any of the built-in effects to any of the pedals. I'm not really sure why one of the other revi... read more [+]ewers mistakenly thought the pedals aren't assignable because they are --> (see user manual pg. 17) The distortion and reverb effects are better than stand alone pedals that cost more than this. Boss really raised the bar when they made invented this amazing machine! :) close [-]
October 8, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician
Very Good Product
by Steve from Long Island NYJust got my new Boss GT-100 from Sweetwater.I think Boss has raised
April 7, 2012
Music Background: Pro guitar player
the bar with this new release.You get all the great Boss effects with some
good Amp modeling. I myself will use the e... read more [+]ffects rather then the Amps within the unit. This is not to say they are bad, they are in fact rather good
I just rather use them within my amps. Very easy to navigate and create your own sounds as well. Also a nice plus of being able to use it within my Daw. You can really get everything from over the top metal leads to even a sitar.The unit is very solid and ell made. There is nothing
not to love about this unit, and I'm sure whatever you play you will find your tone. close [-]
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