Price paid: $ 274.5
Purchased from: Sound Control
Sound — 9
I have a Dean ML and 270watt Peavey poweramp going through a pair of 700 watt Peavey speakers. Some of the settings such as the "metal" distortion setting, are a bit wild but with the the Drive control they are easy to tame. The effects are great and it dosn't take long to find one you really like. The artists I'm into are Slayer, Metallica, GBH and NOFX and I have been able to get most of their sounds. On the whole the ditortion, chorus and delay effects are great and there is lots of experimenting to be done.
Overall Impression — 9
I usually play punk and metal and I think the ME-50 is a great match with all the different distortion effects. I have been playing about 7 years but this is my first pedal it is great value for money and is far more durable than other pedals in that price range. I love the fact that the ME-50 has other Boss pedals built into it my favorite being the MT-2 I also like the hold setting where it allows you to repeat a riff while you can play over the top of it. Overall this is great pedal in the price range and I have no regrets in choosing the ME-50.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The ME-50 has a fully metal body and thick sturdy plastic pedals and I think it would be hard to break it even if you wanted to so I would probably would use it without a back up. It hasn't failed me yet so I'd say it was very reliable.
Ease of Use — 8
The Boss ME-50 is fairly easy to get a decent sound out of it and doesnt't need hours of reading through the manual before you can actually play anything with it. I had pretty much cracked it in about 10 mins but there are a few settings that need reading up on in the manual. Editing patches is pretty simple, although you have to delete the preset sounds to save your own sound this is not much of a downside. The manual is really useful and after reading it through there is plenty information on each of the different settings, and is great to refer for future refernce.