Price paid: £ 250
Purchased from: online
Sound — 10
I am using this a few different guitars mainly a PRS Custom 24, a Squier Vintage Modified 70's Strat and an Epiphone Les Paul (with Gibson 490R & 498T Pick ups. I have a few amps but this unit really shines when used with my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe on the clean channel with the Bright Switch engaged. I don't used the 4 cable method as my amps is super clean anyway and a great blank Canvas on which to work with so I go from the guitar to the GT-8 and out into the amp. I have got the thing set up with some 30 odd patches of my own so far but keep adding to it daily. I Have clean sounds which have the onboard pre amps disabled as my HOT Rod has a great glassy spanky clean tone. However this clean channel on my amp handles the Boss GT-8 very very well in all ways. Ironically I have the output on the GT-8 set to JC-120. With the pre amps engaged and properly EQ'd, I have some great sounds at my feet. Hetres some of what I have - A string of patches with the dirty boogie models, various delays and modulations on top, a whole bunch of 5150 patches with long analog delays and Phaser to get the EVH sound, a heap of crunchy Vintage Marshall sounds with univibe and analog delay for trippy swirly Hendrix sounds (great when you kick in the Wah too). The unit will sound different obviously depending on what amp you use and if you switch amps ou may need to re tweak eq a bit or experiment with different output types etc to match your amp or PA.
Overall Impression — 10
I really like this unit a lot. With tweaking, and patience, it gives you a lot to work with live. The amp modelling is VERY convincing when properly set up, and the GT-8 is a very powerful tool to have - especially if you play in a covers band as I do where we play all styles of stuff like rock, pop, blues, jazz, country... I have been using a pedal board with stomp boxes for years mainly and decided to stick with the GT-8 and this is a much cleaner and easier set up. If you love your amp and want to use its Overdrive channels you can use the 4 cable method, it works very well too. I am very happy with a simple 2 cable method and my Fender hotrod amp. GT-8's can be had cheaply now and are a real bargain if you can get your hands on one. I owned mine from new since 2006 after they came out but only really just started to explore it on and off this last year or so. I wish the display was a bit larger I suppose but its not a big deal for me.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Its tough, in true Boss tradition, this one will handle hard gigging but put it in a decent case and don't do stupid stuff like Pick up the power supply by the dc lead etc. I got a free Boss gig bag with mine which keeps the unit well protected. I would recommend using right angled jacks with it if you play in pubs with no stages where the pople dance very close to the stage, I have almost had my unit damaged by drunk punters on several occasions so I plan to build a small platform for it out of plywood just to keep it up from floor level.
Ease of Use — 10
I found it confusing at first, but after playing with it for a while, its actually very easy to create and store sounds, Its just a very simple routine you have to get into and put in the time. I personally prefer to build each patch from scratch. I hate people trashing this great unit because the pre amps 'sound too digital' etc. I have been playing for over 30 years, used all sorts of equipment and can assure you if you take time to tweak the pre amp dials and use the EQ properly to shape your tone, you will get some pretty convincing sounds out of the GT-8 and will be rewarded greatly... Read on.