Price paid: $ 299
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
My setup is either a Fender Strat HSH with Swinesheads or an Epiphone Les Paul Custom with a Vox 100 watt combo, and when I added the Boss I had everything I needed. It's a little noisy on the higher distortion settings (octave fuzz), but is controllable with the noise gate feature. I can get all the sounds of my favorite artists: Billy Corgan, Tom Morello, Jimmy Paige, Kurt Cobain, Steve Vai, SRV, Clapton, Henderix, and many others. It comes with multiple distortions and overdrives that stay true to their organic tone. The chorus, flanger, phaser, rotary, and other modulation effects are beautiful. There is a handful of delays too, and the expression pedal w/ wah, rotary, volume, and octave settings is a blessing to have.
Overall Impression — 10
I play all styles and it matches very well. I've been playing near two years, and it's my second multi effects, and probably my last. I'd certainly buy another. Theres so much I love, but probably its ease of use. There isnt any menu scrolling that is typicall of DigiTech MEs. The expression pedal rocks, the tones, sounds, effects that are replicated by the Boss ME-50 are unimaginable. Get out there and try one.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Very reliable, great dependability, deffinately better than the cheapo plastic DigiTech I have now! Take it to gigs is a must!
Ease of Use — 10
The ease of use is incredible on the Boss ME-50. With the turn of a knob you can Switch between several different effects and manipulate them to satisfy your need. There are endless posibilities in this extremley versatile processor. There are editable banks, each with 3 patches that are preset to one of the three stop pads on the Boss ME-50. This means you can have three different effects in one set. The manual does a good job of explaining how to work it, but I hardly referenced it.