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Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor without GK-3 Pickup Reviews

4.5 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • from Baton Rouge October 12, 2016Music Background:
    Studio musician

    Awesome!

    I have a Carvin SH675 midi synth which I run through a Roland GR 55. I'm getting a Carvin NS1 nylon midi synth guitar and wanted a smaller pedal for it. The first thing I noticed about the GP-10 was the quality. It has a steel case and all of the connections are of quality materials. I don't do grunge rock so a lot of the presets are not for me. There are enough clean presets to keep me happy. I can use the last 10 preset slots to customize my sounds without destroying the first 90 presets. The software is awesome! The first thing I did was take a backup of the factory presets so that I can get back to where it was out of the box. I am still learning, but the pedal and the software are fairly intuitive.

  • from The O.C. April 28, 2016Music Background:
    2 shows a month

    Couldn't stay away

    I had one of these for about a year, then I sold it to buy a Helix. I love the Helix, but I love the GP-10's modeling too. So I bought another one. After using an HD500 and the Helix, I am disappointed that you can't have more then one fx 'type', such distortion or delay. I still get great sounds without that capability.

  • from Saint Louis, MO December 14, 2014Music Background:
    Amateur Musician

    This thing is rad!!

    I was very nervous when purchasing the GP-10. I had never played with processors much but was looking for what this product had promised. Mainly I wanted to use it for alternate tunings. I like to play a variety of songs in different tunings and it can get to be a hassle very quickly having to constantly switch guitars or change tunings. Plus it can be rough on the guitar and mess with your action. So when I looked into the options available this seemed like the best way to go (along with a Strat GK-1).

    At first it seemed kind of overwhelming with all the different controls and settings. But after an hour or two messing around and reading the manual I really got the hang of it. The GK-1 worked immediately with only a little bit of setup and settings adjustments on the GP-10. Changing tunings is now trivial. I love being able to go from standard to drop D to D standard to Open G, all with a couple of taps of my foot.

    Now on to the modeling. I am really not into all the synth stuff as it always sounds kind of cheesy to me. But I have to say I am very impressed by the guitar and amp models the GP-10 offers. The Les Paul and Hummbucker models are spot on. There is also 20 or 30 different amp models to choose from which all seem to have their own authentic sound. There is less available in the acoustic realm and I have found those models to fall short of the real thing. It ends up sounding a bit shallow and "digitally" but all and all it sounds good enough and your average music listener probably won't notice.

    I won't even get into pedals and effects as this review is already too long. But I wanted to let someone that was in my position who was on the fence about this product know to just go for it!! You won't be sorry. Cheers!

  • from Texas July 17, 2014Music Background:
    Long time musician and songwriter

    Sweet FX - Sweet Water!

    As a long time Roland guitar synth player, I am very impressed with the clean, hum free quality of this machine. It has a great "Tone Studio" softeare that makes editing a breeze. I use it in conjunction with the Roland vg 99 and the combination is killer!

    One gripe - not USB - Midi compliant. Perhaps an update will cure this issue.

    Very versatile when used with your DAW.

    Strongly recommend the product and the seller.

  • from May 25, 2016Music Background:
    Professional

    Good Value

    I bought the unit to use with my Multiac guitar. The GP-10 doesn't come with the 13 pin cable, you need to have that. I bought a cheaper version of that cable online for $16, and it works just fine.
    I loaded the drivers into my Mac, set up my synths in Logic, and was up and running in 10 minutes.
    (Note to my sales rep: I mistakenly downloaded the drivers for the GT-10 first; tell us not to do that!)

    I was anticipating a delay between the guitar and the synth sounds, and it is pretty noticeable.
    But for my application, I either trigger pads with soft attacks to expand the timber of my chords, or use the guitar just to enter midi notes instead of having to use a keyboard into my DAW.
    My technique is good, I play a lot of open chords, and it tracks my playing very well with just a few artifacts, most if not all of which are in the low notes.
    To groove with a sound with a fast attack is kind of limiting, you need to get used to anticipating the beat.
    Also, the 'synth sounds' in the unit sound cheesy (do people still say that?) to my ears, especially compared to Absynth or my G-Force mellotron.
    There is no 5 pin Midi out to drive your old hardware synths, but I found a custom box for that purpose on the V-guitar site. Also, there is no Midi in to get more foot control over the unit, but perhaps you could do that through the computer.

    I used just the effects with my electric guitar using the 1/4" input, I also downloaded the software to control the effects. It's a really nice, well thought out piece of software, very easy to use.
    The effects in the unit sound great, (not surprisingly), and you can easily change the order of effects and the parameters, and store patches with just a click of the mouse.
    My only observation is the effects themselves don't sound too 'deep', even with the effect level at 100%.
    But then again, I'm comparing them to my collection of killer stomp boxes, some of which actually cost more than this unit. The amp emulations are good, and definitely useable for recording.

    I'm not going to go into the live limitations of the unit, but there are additional options of adding footswitches and expression pedals, and I'm sure they work perfectly.
    But to get the most out of a GP-10, you really need to cart around your computer to edit and lay out your patches and your set, because you can't just kick multiple individual effects in and out.
    Plus, the software is so good it makes editing parameters in the unit a true drag.

    All in all, for the small size, great sound, computer interfacing capability, and price, I feel I've made a great purchase. This is definitely a unit I'm going to use a lot. Oh, and it plays nice with my other effects on the floor.
    I gave it a 4 star rating because I'm not ("WOW!, Blown away!"); it does exactly what I need it to do and then some. I really expected it to be this good, and it met my expectations.

  • from Virginia May 28, 2015Music Background:
    Mostly spoons... occasionally a jug

    Whoa

    "This thing is 'Boss' " sorry couldn't resist the urge to pun.

    I purchased this with the hope of getting a down and dirty midi controller to use with my guitars. I'm really happy with the wallop it packs. Really flexible, small package. Midi direct via usb. As I get older its getting harder to read the little screens on these boxes... this gear comes with some software that's real easy to navigate to change settings. Its a knob twiddler's Bonanza.

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