Hey guys, Bob from Better Music here with
the Brand new Boss GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor. I’m gob smacked at this thing, over 80 useable
effects in here, it’s got the engine from the GT-100, Boss’ flagship multi-effects processor
and it’s got this EASY Editing feature which is really cool for the beginning player, all
the way up to professional level, it’s just fantastic, the customisation on this thing
is just awesome. So, check it out! So I’m going to take you through five of the
sounds that I’ve created with the GT-1, now I’ve had it for about a day, so I’ve spent
a little bit of time with it, just making some really useable patches. I’ve also added into the control here an
overdrive for a lead sound, so I’ll start with this, this is like a classic country
setting, tweed amp, little bit of slapback delay, so check it out! Add the drive… It sounds fantastic, I love that sound. So the next one I’m going to take you through
is a very, very handy feature for the working musician, it’s an acoustic simulator. So this one here I’ve been on the most, I
reckon, this is my favourite so far. So rich… So a very useable feature and very useable
sound. I’ll go through the next one. I set this one up because I’m a massive Judas
Priest fan, so I thought I’d set up a Judas Priest sound. So Marshall stack sort of sound, with a little
bit of chorus. Now with the control I’ve added a boost with
the chorus, so you’ll hear a big difference. That’s a lot of fun, that one! Alright so guys the next sound that I’ve created
is I guess a Dead Kennedy sound, I’m a big fan of the Dead Kennedys and East Bay Ray,
He’s known for having a really thin tone. So out of humbuckers it’s a bit hard to get,
but there’s a feature in here that emulates a single coil sound, again a very useable
feature for the working muso. On the expression pedal I’ve actually turned
the delay on, so if I wind that back the delay is off. There’s also a drive in this section here
as well which is a cool feature. So I’ll take you through it. So a very cool sound. The next one I’ll take you through, again
this is a really cool idea for guitarists that don’t want to take multiple guitars on
the road, but want to have different tunings and things, so I’ve set it up like a heavier
sound, with a pitch shifter on there, so in the closed position the expression pedal is
in standard tuning, when I open the pedal it goes down a step and a half, so down to
C sharp standard, which again is a really cool feature. I’ve also added a bit of boost here in the
control, so have a listen. So that’s a really, really handy feature as
well. And lastly, good old delay, everybody loves
delay, so what I’ve done is I’ve just created a patch here where it’s the classic Roland
JC-120 sound, one of my favourite clean sounds, with a stereo delay with a tap tempo here,
I’ve also added a volume here, again being able to use it as a working muso, you can
swell the volume and the delay in and out as you please, and that’s all assignable in
the interface. So I’ll take you through it, have a listen. So again, a really cool useable feature. So I’m going to take you through the interface
of the Boss GT1 now, and show you just how easy it is to customise your sound. So if I go to this Memory Edit, you can see
the signal chain here. You’ve got everything from the pre-amp, overdrive
to effects, and the signal chain has different delays and reverbs which are all assignable
here as well. So if I go to FX1, I’ve set up a phaser in
the control here, by setting it before the pre-amp it’s a lot more full on, a lot more
devastating, so if I show you what it sounds like… I can then move it after the pre-amp and it’s
not as full on. So it allows for ultimate customisation of
your tone, what I’ll also show you with this is in the pre-amp section, if we press enter
here, you can see that there’s the controls here as well, you’ve got a gain a level, amp
type and then all the way through these EQs and levels, this is a feature throughout every
single effect on the GT-1. So it allows for ultimate customisation. Alright so if the signal chain I showed you
before in the interface is a bit too complicated for you, or if it’s your first time with a
multi-effects, there’s a really cool feature on the Boss GT-1 called the EASY EDIT, if
we press this button here, it gives us three distinct menus, we’ve got Tone, Vibes and
Echo. So what I’ll do is I’ll go through and build
a basic sound and I’ll show you how easy it is to do now. So if I start with a sound we go, let’s go
for a Brit combo, Flange, with all of this. And it’s that simple. There is another great feature in the boss
GT-1 which is the easy select. What this does is allows you to choose a preset
in the unit via styles, so it’s a really cool feature in that we can go into everything
like a Jazz Fusion sound, so… All the way through to R&B – Orange crunch. You saw how easy it was to do it, it’s a really,
really simple way to navigate around the Boss GT1. What I’m going to do now is I’m going to delve
a little bit deeper into the customisation of the unit and how much flexibility there
is here. So I’ve got a regular sort of sound here and
I’m going to show you that by assigning a particular function to the control, how it
can change your sound and the customisation available to you. So this is a regular sort of sound and then
what I’ll do is I’ll press this button and it will turn off the overdrive and engage
the FX2 which I’ve got set to an EQ with a pretty radical sort of sound, you’ll hear
the difference. So that is one of many programable effects
that you can change and add into the control or assign to the expression pedal, and funnily
enough there is on the back of the unit and out for another expression pedal and another
control as well, so allowing maximum customisation of your sound. So another feature I would like to touch on
is the USB interface, in the back of the unit, this serves two purposes, the first is a USB
interface, so you can actually use the tones from the Boss GT-1 directly into your recording
software and use all of the tones that you’ve created. Secondly, it allows you to log onto the Boss
Tone Central website and download artist’s presets from their library into the unit so
that you can use them for your own gigs or your own purposes. So there you have it, the brand new GT1 guitar
effects processor from Boss, if you have any questions or comments, leave them in the field
below and stay tuned for more exciting Boss products to come. ROCK ON!

Boss GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor Review | Better Music
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100 thoughts on “Boss GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor Review | Better Music

  • September 16, 2016 at 7:46 am
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    Hi there!

    Great video and demo! Really like that! 🙂
    Please keep some more coming!

    There's a thing I would like to know, and I hope you can help me!

    Is it possible to switch from one preamp to another, within one patch.
    For example, start out on a Clean Twin with chorus and reverb, then assign the CTL 1 to switch the preamp from the Clean Twin to a Vox Drive with an overdrive and delay?

    THANKS! 🙂

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  • September 17, 2016 at 1:57 am
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    would this sound alot better than a solid state combo amp for about the same price???

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  • September 19, 2016 at 12:57 am
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    This might be a really dumb question, but if the control button adds in another effect/tap tempo meanwhile the left and center button move up and down the patches, how do you bypass the unit?

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  • September 19, 2016 at 7:32 am
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    still no fucking XLR outs. fuck boss.

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  • September 19, 2016 at 7:32 am
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    still no fucking XLR outs. fuck boss.

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  • September 23, 2016 at 3:04 pm
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    what are you playing through amp wise ? I had the gt100 and it was wayyyy to complicated for me , have you used it through a power amp or powered speakers ?

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  • September 25, 2016 at 10:21 am
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    Great demo Nice Carvin!

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  • September 29, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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    Sick Shirt. No insect warfare song tho :

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  • September 30, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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    sharap and play

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  • October 11, 2016 at 7:00 am
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    Not impressed at all. Used to get better tones out of my Boss gt8. Really enjoyed that pedal many years ago. Move onto the Eleven Rack which was a HUGE step up. If i ever go MFX its going to be the Axe FX2.

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  • October 26, 2016 at 5:23 pm
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    So riiiiich

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  • October 28, 2016 at 5:41 pm
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    great video friend! you recorded using on line or usb? the sound was top!

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  • November 3, 2016 at 7:37 pm
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    Can you get a SRV style lead blues sound? Want something loud and distorted but crisp and clear

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  • November 8, 2016 at 4:52 am
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    Does it perform differently with tube amps vs. digital amps.

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  • November 13, 2016 at 3:42 am
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    This video made up my mind. Buy it now

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  • November 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm
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    WOW! I have used Boss products for over 25 years including stomp boxes and the GT-3, GT-8 and GT-10. I am a professional full-time musician and as such my jobs vary from music therapy performances in nursing homes and senior centers to corporate functions around the world to backing major recording artists. My job description requires that I be fluent in various style of music and as result, I am constantlylooking for tools that make my job easier. This unit would appear to fit the bill in fantastic ways; portable, great sound ease of use. LOVE IT

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  • November 13, 2016 at 5:33 pm
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    Thanks for taking the time to actually make up your own presets… as we all know most of the stock ones from BOSS are total BS. Great review!!! The magic with these "flexable-as-Hell" multi processors really start when you dig deeply into them and take time to develop the tones. These are not for the musician who expect great tones out of the box. It ain't happening. I find that even the downloadable artist presets from BOSS Tone Central, or other pay sites need some extra tweaking in order to sound usable with your own unique guitar/amp set up. I think that's why so may of these end up on eBay and Craigslist. There are, of course, better modeling options out there…. but you are going to pay out the nose for them. At this price point, within a band situation, virtually nobody in the audience is going to know, or care weather you're using a modeler-generated tone or not. Just tweak it right and you'll cut through the mix! Also do some research on what the various kinds of effects (included within these units) are actually useful for. Certain effects sound better before preamps and OD/distortion-type effects than others. EQ effects can drastically improve or destroy your tone depending on how clever you are utilizing them. Research is key if you are new to the world of multi-effect pedals, or effects pedals in general. But have fun while your doing it!

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  • November 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm
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    Sounds like shit. Well, what can we expect from yet another model based on COSM Engine, a 30 year old technology.

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  • November 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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    Awesome review !

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  • November 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm
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    A plus review! great!

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  • November 17, 2016 at 3:23 pm
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    I have watched many reviews on this thing and not a single reviewer stomps it or switches patches while demoing a song. Sure some switch one patch up or down. Suppose I'm on patch 10 and want patch 20 does that mean I have to go up 10 times to reach 20 and each time it's engaging that patch. In this case this unit can't be stomped live. You'll have that one patch for the entire song. Also what's the patch switching latency like? For a better review use the unit under your feet not on a stool. Since boss advertises this thing for a gigging musician it should be demo'd as such.

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  • November 19, 2016 at 7:44 am
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    Hello sir,
    Can I take output in Home theatre with GT-1? How will be the tone?

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  • November 19, 2016 at 8:38 pm
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    Can you mention the issue of 'Banks'? There are no bank storage as the GT-100 right? Seems most are scanning over that aspect of the unit. Thanks.

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  • November 23, 2016 at 11:27 am
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    sub for the dead kennedys section!

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  • November 29, 2016 at 12:54 am
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    Can this run a harmonizer, chorus, and noise gate at the same time?

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  • November 30, 2016 at 10:20 am
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    Good review! I m thinking about buying it, couple hundred dollars portable!

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  • December 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm
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    Great review player

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  • December 8, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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    hello sir bob can i have copy of you presets?

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  • December 27, 2016 at 3:22 am
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    How would this go with creating a really tight, heavy modern progressive sound? Direct into interface, no amp?

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  • December 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm
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    Can i download a drum loop from tone central to this processor boss gt1 and play along with it?

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  • January 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm
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    thanks for the video. can you please explain how you dropped the tuning half a step with the pedal. i've been trying to do it, but can't seem to do it without it sounding really wonky – is this because i am trying to play chords as opposed to single notes? your settings would be much appreciated. thanks!

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  • January 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm
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    One question… I really want to get this and 4 cable method connect to my amp, anyway, can the this do Clean+Reverb+Delay+2ndDelay+Modulation? Or at least Dual Delay?

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  • January 13, 2017 at 7:42 pm
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    Can it be used as a headphone amp ?

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  • January 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm
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    por favor dime como sacaste el acustico please

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  • January 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm
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    I'm new

    I want a power adapter

    They do not know what it would be or what voltage it handles

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  • January 23, 2017 at 10:54 am
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    Is there Wah effect that you can use with the pedal?

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  • February 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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    Hi Bob,
    Did you use a amp for this video or it straight out of the pedal board?

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  • February 24, 2017 at 3:56 am
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    Nice Tee Shirt!!

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  • February 25, 2017 at 5:35 pm
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    Gulp! this is a speed-dating style review Bob, should have cut the caffeine and slowed down to make a two-part job, aside from that it shows how capable this silly cheap unit is , I got one as a back-up and now its main use on small gigs , sounds just great apart from the limited patch availability, three per bank would have been nice but as only one main bank, not happening, scores over the zoom with the excellent tone central patch download system putting killer' patches at your feet for free at the price ? absolute bargain the firmware sounds way better than the GT100 I had some time ago. Enthusiastic and very informative review .

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  • March 10, 2017 at 9:19 am
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    How to Setup and change Master Eq in Boss Gt-1. Can you help me?

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  • March 11, 2017 at 10:09 am
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    The first country style sound ?
    Do you have that as a patch available ?

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  • March 24, 2017 at 1:26 pm
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    What we hear from the Boss GT1 you review, is from a amplifier or straight to the recording source?

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  • March 28, 2017 at 8:45 am
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    should I buy this or the zoom g5n

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  • March 28, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    Good replacement for an RP500?

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  • April 1, 2017 at 6:34 pm
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    I want a pedalboard for my acoustic organ Greek Laouto! what do you think is the best option BOSS GT8 or BOSS GT1 or something else like Radial Tonebone

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  • April 7, 2017 at 5:02 am
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    Здравствуйте! Как Gt-1 слушать живую команду?

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  • April 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm
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    this product is the perfect partner for micro amps with fx loops like the Orange Micro Dark and Peavey 6505 Piranha and imo a more flexible add on solution versus buying most of the all in one modelling amps, as it is attractively priced for bedroom blasters, practice, beginners and overall is a great little multi-fx pedal, especially for the price and can obviously be used in different ways and it also has the built in usb audio interface which works in conjunction with the Boss Tone Studio editor software and Boss Tone Central custom preset download library m/ thanks for the demo Bob m/

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  • May 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm
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    bro btw can we bypass the amp and cab emulation on the gt 1 to run a stack ?
    and use it like a stompbox only

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  • May 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm
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    Power + simplicity, awesome so far. Thanks for the education.

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  • June 4, 2017 at 5:23 am
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    Great work!! Thanks!!

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  • June 10, 2017 at 3:33 am
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    1. Drink every time he says "working muso"
    2. Die of alcohol poisoning

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  • July 9, 2017 at 4:01 am
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    What Judas Priest song is that, You Gotta Another Thing Coming?

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  • July 9, 2017 at 5:39 am
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    Can that pedal function as a Wah Wah pedal?

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  • July 12, 2017 at 6:54 am
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    Is the boss gt-1 a good quality multi pedal or cheap. Does it last long.

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  • July 14, 2017 at 12:55 am
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    Is it possible to disable the volume function of the FX pedal on the GT-1? If so, what would it be like? thank you..

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  • July 24, 2017 at 3:53 am
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    garang

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  • July 27, 2017 at 12:37 pm
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    does it work on a headphones without amp.

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  • August 7, 2017 at 12:29 am
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    Cool I have the same processor

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  • August 17, 2017 at 2:12 pm
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    As usual:

    Boss chorus: 8/10
    Boss delays: 7/10
    Boss distortions: 1/10

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  • August 21, 2017 at 9:44 am
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    What's the song or riff called you play on the acoustic simulator

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  • October 31, 2017 at 12:35 am
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    Where is the Damn Wah on This Machine?

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  • November 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm
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    Hope This Question would be notice =)

    I wanted to ask if what Power Supply or Power Adapter you use on this one?

    Looking forward to it, Better Music! Thanks!

    -Kael

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  • December 4, 2017 at 7:22 am
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    My tone is now killer thanks to this machine, i was using an old cheap processor before I got this little jem man what a difference! I had tried buying Dimarzio pickups and still wondered why my tone sounded like shit 🤔 finally figured out it was my fx processor. Man my playing and tone, everything is 10 times better now. Looper sucks shit though to be honest.
    Somehow it seems better tone promotes better playing, can't explain it but it's true.
    And no this doesn't count for beginners sorry lol, you guys gotta do your time first no matter how good your gear is, but it's an awesome journey if you don't give up, I still prefer my guitar & a backing track over an Xbox any day of the week, especially with the new boss gt 1, so addicting.

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  • January 15, 2018 at 9:34 pm
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    PROPS FOR USING A CARVIN BROTHER FUCK YEAH SUBBEDDDDDD

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  • January 25, 2018 at 1:23 am
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    Starts off with awful lead shred tone…

    "I've been trying to find useable sounds"

    Try harder mate.

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  • February 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm
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    that little grateful dead lick on the acoustic setting. friend of the devil<3

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  • March 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm
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    I finally bought it and I am so happy I did. Amazing little thing even after seeing the videos I still was surprised how small it is. Definitely fits in every guitar bag.

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  • March 12, 2018 at 3:52 am
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    Hey man one of the most honest reviews I have seen.

    DK fan.

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  • March 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm
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    One question, can I assign a wah or pitch shift effect on the pedal?

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  • March 21, 2018 at 1:55 am
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    Carvin!

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  • March 24, 2018 at 9:20 am
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    6:15 That was so cool!!

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  • April 9, 2018 at 10:36 am
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    Can you please show us what you did with the pitch shifter to make the guitar in lower tuning i can't get it to work and i have a floyd rose so the struggle is real XD

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  • May 18, 2018 at 9:27 pm
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    How does the pedal sound with a distortion or overdrive sound, when you let the guitar ring out for a long time with those sounds on. Does is crank out in a bad way. Because I have a Boss ME-50 and with a distortion or overdrive sound on it cranks out in a bad way.

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  • June 12, 2018 at 7:28 pm
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    what are you playing during 3:11–3:44? it slaps

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  • June 26, 2018 at 12:36 pm
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    This thing sounds great for 200$

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  • June 29, 2018 at 3:58 am
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    Damn dude answer the commenters questions

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  • August 11, 2018 at 5:20 pm
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    Love the Insect Warfare shirt. Don't care for that band, but their drummer plays in Oceans of Slumber, a fantastic Houston metal band.

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  • September 20, 2018 at 3:42 pm
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    Good demo but it’s a shame you didn’t use a strat and a les Paul as the majority of players use either one of those or something based on it, active pickups were not a good choice to demonstrate the tones of this unit

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  • October 13, 2018 at 8:16 am
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    how do I achieve the Dead Kennedy's sound?

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  • November 10, 2018 at 2:56 pm
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    Do you get the USB cable with it when you buy it?

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  • December 9, 2018 at 7:55 pm
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    Good review thanks!

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  • December 11, 2018 at 8:10 pm
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    I like your review thank you man good job!

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  • January 4, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    Why, why, oh why do these demos start with a guy doing their rendition of a cat with its nuts caught in a vise! I couldn't get to the volume on my PC quick enough.

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  • January 11, 2019 at 10:33 am
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    are you able to have 3 effects pedals going at once? e.g. an overdrive, chorus and delay?

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  • February 2, 2019 at 1:40 pm
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    Indonesia ada?

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  • February 3, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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    i imagine i'll never see another demo where pink floyd and the dead kennedys are both featured

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  • April 4, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    Any tutorial video on how to do the drop C tuning with pitch shifter.

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  • April 7, 2019 at 4:46 pm
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    Is it easy to set up a whammy digitec simulator on this?

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  • April 23, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    Can I get your edited patches please?

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  • June 24, 2019 at 8:45 pm
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    Would this work with an electric ukulele

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  • June 25, 2019 at 5:21 pm
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    is it plastic or metal? It looks like if you stepped on it to change sounds, you could break it!

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  • August 4, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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    Using the expression pedal can you go from standard tuning to E flat.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 3:30 am
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    Boss Gt-1 or Digitech RP360XP?

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  • August 9, 2019 at 4:56 am
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    so if i buy this thing, i just scroll down and ill see all the presets?

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    Great review. Totally perfect. I’m ordering one right now. Seeing as this was done without an amp, the tones are incredible.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    if I plug this into a power amp will it work and power a cab?

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    Does it have presets? How many pedals can you chain together? How many different banks are there to save sounds on?

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  • September 7, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    I’m stuck between the Boss GT-1 and Boss ME-80. Help!

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:02 am
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    If WeeMan was normal sized

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    For this price range, the G3n or G3xn is far superior in terms of features and sound quality.

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