Wednesday, September 24, 2008

PREVIEW: Boss ME-20 Guitar Multi-effects

From the smallest compact pedal to the most feature-laden rack, the BOSS brand is synonymous with effects that sound great and are built to last. Today BOSS expands its famous ME series multi-effects family with the ME-20, a powerful multi-effects unit optimized for live performance. Easy to use and road tough, the ME-20 provides world-class overdrive, distortion, delay, chorus, phaser, flanger, tremolo, rotary, and EQ effects, taking BOSS’s performance-based philosophy to a very affordable price point.

Performance-based guitar processor for the player who wants an ultra-easy interface with BOSS tone and quality New super-tough metal chassis with 3 footswitches, 5 realtime control knobs, and expression pedal EZ Edit for quick sound creation
OD/DS Solo function for punchy and high-impact lead tone 30 user memory locations in addition to realtime operation. Battery or AC powered

My thoughts…

Wow! Boss Clinician Robert Marcello shreds and produces some radical sounds with this unit (see link below for his video demos). The last Boss multi-effect processor I owned was an ME-33. I never had any problems with that unit and took it on several tours packing it in my carry-on. If you are especially hard on gear, have a tendency to drop things or have a heavy foot you might want to steer clear of units like this in favor for a Utopia or Nova System. My only gripe is the overall look of the pedal – it looks like a processor from 10 years ago. Surely there’s a way to sex it up a bit. However, for a mere $199 you can get an excellent sounding floor processor with sublime control.


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