Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
I bought this unit expecting a simple, effective interface, and good sound quality, and I got both. I'm playing the ME-70 with a MIM Fender Telecaster, and a Washburn Idol 64 Deluxe, run through a Randall RG 75 hybrid combo. I've yet to play it through a PA, but I can say that through an amp, I'd recommend forgoing the amp modeling, and just using the excellent 4-band EQ setting. Through headphones, the amp modeling sounds really nice, and I wouldn't hesitate to play direct through a PA or record with this. Through headphones, my Tele is a bit noisy on the higher-gain distortions, but I'll Live. The effects are very nice, just what I'd expect from Boss. If you're looking for crazy off-the-wall type effects for your music, you'll have a tough time here, but I play in an Indie-Electro band and an Ambiance-Visual band, and the effects work fine for those. At home, when I'm just jamming out the blues, or to my favorite songs, the overdrives and distortions are really great, with a bit of EQ-twiddling. I don't really strive to get any sounds for my favorite artists (Led Zeppelin, BB King, Nine Inch Nails, Modwheelmood, Radiohead, etc) but from what I can tell, you can get just about any general tone you want with this thing. The only effects or sounds that struck me as a bit weak were the octave (I used to own an EHX Multiplexer, so maybe I'm spoiled) and the wah (but any Crybaby owner will say that). The chorus isn't necessarily weak, but it's nothing special. It can get nice n thick though, if you're into that.
Overall Impression — 9
Like I said, I play in an Ambiance-Visual band (Radioheadish, but different) and an Indie-Electro band. But at home, I play just about everything, from black metal, to Acoustic, to blues, to classic rock, etc. This pedal has been working just fine so far, you just have to work with the settings a bit (certainly less than the monstrous Line 6 and DigiTech boards I've played). It's probably important to know that I used to be a die-hard stompbox player. I was all about individual analog effects. I still certainly see the advantage, but financial issues, as well as convenience led me to this board. For other stompbox users, I'd highly recommend it over any other multi-effects board. If it were stolen or lost, I'd definitely get a new one. Even if you're intent on playing with individual stompboxes, this would make a great backup, or practice untit. I used to hate multi-effects, but Boss really got the job done here.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I'd definitely depend on this, and though I haven't yet, I'd easily gig with this thing without a backup. Its made of sturdy metal and the only thing I'd fear is for the plastic stomp switches. Otherwise, the knobs, expression pedal, and everything else seem fine.
Ease of Use — 8
The Boss ME-70 is exactly what it claims to be: Intuitive. It takes a bit to find how to get the kind of sound you want, but with a very small amount of practice, it comes naturally. It's especially nice for any of you Who are like me, and hate the menu-shifting multi-effects unit's that have become increasingly popular. Also, it's got tap-tempo for just about every effect. To be honest, I don't work much with the patches, I just use it in Manual Mode (basically it works just like a board of stompboxes in this mode) but from what I've heard, the patch system is not great because once you have a patch set, you can't edit it on the fly. The manual is just fine and explains everything pretty well (in many languages!). And one final note: The built in patches are actually of some use, unlike most multi-effects of this price.