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Review of the Boss ME-80

Versatile, powerful, and priced to sell For years, Boss has been one of the leading manufacturers of self-contained guitar multi-effects floor units, and the ME-80 is its latest effort. Less expensive than the flagship GT-100, it's nevertheless a very capable and fully featured unit. The ME-80 gives you access to virtually any kind of guitar effect, a range of preamp sounds, an expression pedal with many effects choices, and even a built-in looper, all in one unit. Let’s take it for a test drive. read more…

User reviews on Boss ME products

Boss ME-50B (Boss - ME-50B)

By MGR/Tom , 14/09/2005
I bought the unit off the internet from Merchant City Music, who are based up in Glasgow. Very help bloke on the phone made the purchase nice and easy - pedal arrived the next day!

Its built well, has loads of really neat little features like the Kick drum, which allows you to set a beat going which you can jam along too. It has varoius sampling functions. You can save your favorite settings as patches and use the foot stiches to navigate stright to them. You can save 20 of these. It has an on board tuner. Man what doesn't it do?

There's nothing really not to like? It does the job of all the individual Boss bass pedals all rolled into one. If you can spend the cash go for this pedal, it has all the tweekability of the individual pedals. Plus if you buy all them separately it'll cost a lot more, and would be far more clumsey. Err, can you tell i'm a fan of the unit?!

Excellent. Solid tough BOSS standard really. Can't see myself breaking it, might be a diffent story if the drummer got hold of it.

This is one great pedal. It does just about everything bar cook my tea. Endless tweekable sounds and settings. One can find your favorite sound then save it.

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Nice box! (Boss - ME-50)

By Mattfig, 21/06/2012
This thing is very comprehensive if you have a basic setup like myself...No you can't use the 4 cable method as it has no loop...It can do everything else....


AD Conversion
24-bit + AF method*

DA Conversion

Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz

30 (user)

Tone Modify, Compressor, Overdrive/Distortion, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Harmonist, Tremolo, Pan, Vibrato, UNI-V, Rotary, Delay, Reverb, Noise Suppressor [Effects for Expression Pedal]: Foot Volume, Wah, Resonance, Voice, RIng Modulator, Bend (+1 OCTAVE, -1 OCTAVE)

Nominal Input Level
INPUT: -10 dBu, AUX IN: -10 dBu

Input Impedance
INPUT: 1 M ohms, AUX IN: 100 k ohms

Nominal Output Level
-10 dBu

Output Impedance
2 k ohms

7 segments, 1 character LED

INPUT jack, GUITAR AMP jacks L (MONO) /R, AUX IN jack (Stereo Mini type), PHONES/LINE OUT jack, AC Adaptor jack

Power Supply
DC9V: Dry battery (R6/LR6 (AA) type) x 6, AC Adaptor (PSA series: Optional)

Current Draw
120 mA
* Expected battery life under continuous use: Carbon: 3.5 hours, Alkaline: 12 hours. These figures will vary depending onthe actual conditions of use.

Owner's manual, Dry Battery (Alkaline: LR6 (AA) type) x 6, Roland Service (Information Sheet)

AC Adaptor: BOSS PSA series, Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U

Size and Weight ( incl. batteries )

384 mm
15-1/8 inches

225 mm
8-7/8 inches

102 mm
4-1/16 inches

3.2 kg
7 lbs.


Very easy to use...Nothing but simple knobs that are clearly labeled...Plug and play...The manual is excellent and the presets give you a great start...Tweak from there....The sounds are just like the BOss pedals so I never understood why I don't see more of these around...


All my guit fiddles like this box....The OD boosts are excellent, there's compression that is ok, sound sculpting like a BBE, reverb that is passable, delay that is, well delay....There's also modulation that kinda sucks but I don't like chorus....

Overall, this thing is an all-in-one box that covers the ground of many BOSS pedals at a fraction of the cost....Worth every penny and built well to boot!


I like all the features....The OD Boost is nice...The reverbs are sufficient....They are all fine...If you have used Boss pedals before, that is the tone...For the price, you get a TON with this thing...

I don't like the fact that it has no loop...The 4 cable method would be nice with this...It also lacks usable midi...

This is a unit I don't use regularly but when I need something...It's an all-in-one BOSS pedal shop..

I'd buy again!

Get a lot for a little for OK quality (Boss - ME-50)

By lukewarmchilipepper, 03/07/2014
I bought this effects pedal long ago as I was on a budget and wanted a Wah, chorus, phaser, distortion, and pretty much everything in one box just to test out and experiment without breaking the bank.

I'm not a techie so I won't even try and explain the details. You can check out some of the other reviews for that.


General configuration/setup is simple enough. I'm someone that avoids reading manuals when possible, whether it's to learn how to use an effects pedal or how to play Monopoly. With that in mind, I was still able to get a lot out of this pedal.


I used my telecaster with it. I loved the fact that I was able to use an octaver, wah, harmony, etc with the expressive pedal along with a ton of other effects, but that I did so without paying much at all.

However, I will say many of the effects lacked in quality (which was to be expected). i.e. the coveted wah sounds nothing like a crybaby


Loved the price, loved all the capabilities, probably would've loved it more if I took the time needed to truly learn how to use all capabilities, but did not love the quality so much. However, for higher quality I'd expect to spend upwards of $400. All-in-all a good multieffects pedal for a beginner/intermediate musician.

UPGRADE your BOSS ME-5 ! (Boss - ME-5)

By Hieroglyph, 20/05/2015
BOSS ME-5 -UPGRADE KIT - just £13.99 Few people realise that the ME-5 incorporates the classic BOSS pedal internals that are now vintage in their own right including the: CS-2, DS-1, OD-2, RV-3, EQ-1, CE-2, DD-2, BF-2 all together with a switchable Noise Suppressor that calms the proceedings. NOW THIS all up-to-date set of BOUTIQUE Patches which gives you many great new sounds such as: Univibe, Vibratone, (and other Leslie effects), Rangemaster, Fuzz-Face, Tweed and driven Deluxe Reverb emulations, classic JTM45, Rockabilly, Bluesbreaker, 'Rectified' and 'Twang' - all classic tones in various states - and not modelled!! These new sounds can be uploaded either via sysex/midi and your PC or by manual input from the parameters chart provided. Click the link where to hear them and more details.

Set also contains a wealth of Editor software, MIDI utilities and other apps so that you can fully integrate your BOSS ME-5 into your music/studio software setup.

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£13.99 - inc shipping worldwide

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