ME-50 Guitar Multiple Effects review by Boss

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.4 (436 votes)
Boss: ME-50 Guitar Multiple Effects

Price paid: £ 170

Purchased from: pmt's

Sound — 9
The sounds are luvely, the 3 main types of effects are overdrive/distortion with sounds like the Marshall guv'nor, rat, tubescreamer, facefuzz, big muff(I laughed my head off when I say that the first time) and the other normall Boss overdirve/distortion pedals. There is also a modulation patch, with 3 different types of chorus, flanger, phaser, rotary, uni-v, tremelo, vibrato, pan and harmonist. There is also ad delay patch with loads of different delays. There is another small patch which modify's the tone of the guitar to make it sound acoustic or hav a boost in low frequencies ect. The expression pedal is great it is used as a Cry Baby Wah, resonance, ring modulation, voice, up 1 octave and down 1 octave. The only bad thing I can think of is using the Wah pedal with a sh*t load of distortion will not be very good, you will barely hear the Wah.

Overall Impression — 9
brilliant bit of kit, I love it, I play mostly led zeppelin style stuff and a bit of Pink Floyd, but on those days when the naybour has pissed you off its its fun to put it on full blown heavy metal sound with resonance, crank it up and play something like evil eye or crazy train. It can keeps you amused for hours. Hope you buy it, hav fun... Peace

Reliability & Durability — 10
built like a brick sh*thouse, enough said, nothing can damage this thing, its made from a tough metal that is absolutely brilliant for when somebody in the audience starts moaning at you, on the subject I also recomend a Line 6 tonecore pedal, its like a brick, has came in handy many times

Ease of Use — 9
the ease of use is extremely simple, instead of a screen to look at n press loads of buttons or some mad box with 12 different sections that you can't get your head round like those Line 6 multi effects units. Its just a selections of turning knobs which you simply turn to acheive what model or sound you want, and then some knobs underneath thoses ones to tweak your settings.

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    I love this effects unit, and I always find myself coming back to it and twiddling around for hours. Amazing ease of use, used it live, at home in band practices, the works. I've had it for about 2 years now. The one thing that really pulls it down, are the high gain distortions. It just sounds like fuzz, fuzz, and more fuzz thats not the good type of fuzz =P Quite fizzy and tinny as well. Honestly this pedal is insane, just get a Blackstar HT Dist or DistX or a tube amp running with a boost (MXR Zakk Wylde for example) and use this for modulation EQ and all the effects I love it for =D
    im buying one of these bad boys rather soon . whats the problem with the wah? i know it said irs auto wah but..
    Henders94. : ...whats the problem with the wah? i know it said irs auto wah but...
    The wah is OK, but it's no match for a crybaby. The things I don't like on this unit are about half of the distortion types, the compressor, and the wah and octave on the expression pedal. All the other effects (the other 10 or so distortion settings, the modulations, the tone modifier etc) are pretty good. If you set it up correctly you can get some really cool sounds out of it.
    thanks (: i can see what you mean with the distortion, but there are several i love. the things a tank and i love it!