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"The ME-50 Guitar Multiple Effects is a floor-based multi-effects processor built with the ruggedness and simplicity of a stompbox. Designed to work with your amplifier, the ME-50 focuses on killer multi-effects (like COSMĀ® overdrive and distortion) rather than amp modeling. And dialing in your tone is easy, thanks to dedicated knobs for each effect section, three foo... - - Floor-based multi-effects processor with BOSS' most intuitive interface ever - - 30 Preset Patches including delay, modulation, reverb, compressor and more - - Killer COSM overdrive/distortion effects including - - Dedicated knobs for each effect section'no menus to navigate! - - Tone Modify function offers Preset EQ settings for quick tone editing - - 3 footswitches for switching effects on and off with a single stomp - - Onboard expression pedal pre-routed to 6 modulation options or volume - - Rugged metal case with clear panel layout" - (Taken from Boss website)


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Very cost effective but has its limitations featured

Ease Of Use The boss ME50 is a backlash from the age of when digital multi effects pedal was a heavy, lumbering, complicated and expensive piece of gear. As with most items made by boss it looks great and is constructed nice and solidly. The benefit of an item like this of course is that you cn even forget to bring your amp to a gig and DI it into the house PA!
Most of you guys will be familiar with alot of the tags around the knobs and dials, for example a few models it takes care of are the MT2, Rat, Fuzz Face and DS1 so straight off the bat you can switch the dial to DS1, dial in some distortion on the tone knobs and hey presto.... Something you can use straight away without even reading the instructions!
The unit is split into easy to comprehend sections for overdrive and distortion, modulation and delay and an assignable expresssion pedal that you can use as a wah, volume, envolope filter etc.
As with boss they always include a quick start guide as well as detailed instructions on its use. In ir favour unlike the old horrid contraptions of old you can happily store your settings as patches with ease.


Sound I mainly use superstrats with direct body mounted humbuckers, more specifically ibanez and musicman with the power provided by a british voiced hi-gain 100w amplifier.
Th unit does not fair well into a valve amp unfortunatley with the units effects turning into a sea of mush. The best bet is to usr this as a pre-amp with a valve amp but that isn't the point of a valve amp that you've paid hundreds even thousands on!
However i have had the luxury of a solid state amp in the form of a peavey envoy. This seems to respond so much better to it. Although there is still some lack of clarity its probably no more than you'd get from a pedal chain in front of the amp. I have to be honest i mostly used it primarily for the drive section.
Having used some of the delays on the odd occasion i found there has been the odd time when i've had to reset it because of a cyclic error stopping the delay from ever turning off!
We may as well face it... you put all your faith in an all in one box and you'll only end up dissapointed!


Reliability I personally couldn't use it as a gigging item as i ended up not being the best of friends with it and as i use a valve amp found it to be pointless! I much prefer analogue pedals because i can set them up and modify them how i wish them to be. however it is a good practice tool!


Customer Support not had to use them.


Liked about it The amount of options on a small budget available
build quality and looks
some great distortion models


Didn't like its ability to ruin a valve amps tone
the delay occasionally wont switch off and cycles until you switch it off
a bit mushy sounding
Models aren't as perfect as boss would like to make out


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3.5

By fretboardpyro
Sep 11, 2010
 
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As advanced as you want it to be featured

Ease Of Use The Boss ME-50 has tons of features, but it is set up so you can plug and play if you don't want to go in depth of it's possible features. The unit has three stomp pedals (OD/Distortion, Modulation and Delay) and an expression pedal.
It also let's you modify the overall tone, reverb and has a built in compressor as well as a built in tuner and a memory mode, that let's you switch easily between settings.
Starting on the left and the OD/Distortion pedal. Here you can choose between 11 different OD/Dist. sounds inspired or copied of existing individual stomp boxes. You have the Ibanez Tube Screamer and Marshall's classical Guv'nor as well as the well known Boss sounds from MT-2, OD-1/2 and more. All of these can be modified by four knobs; Drive, Bottom, Tone and Level. There is also a Variation button that allows you to tweak the sounds even more if desired.
Next up is the modulation. Again you get 11 different choices. Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Harmonies and Tremolo is the most common of these, and three knobs let's you control it's final sound; Rate/Key, Depth/Harmony and E-level/Resonance. The knobs has different functions on the different modulations so using the manual might save you a lot of time here.
The third stomp box feature is the delay. Four pre-set delays as well as Analog, Pan, Space Pan, Reverse, Hold, Slow Echo and the option of manually tapping the rhythm.
On the right side is the expression pedal. In off-mode it works as a volume pedal, in on-mode you can choose between Wah, Octave Up, Octave Down, Resonance, Voice and Ring Mode.


Sound I have played this unit at home with this unit between an Ibanez RG370 and a Marshall 30W solid state combo amp.
For this use it works brilliant. It gives you so many options and it takes up so little space compared to a fraction of the pedals you'd need to get the same sounds.
In my rehearsal room it also worked well, this time plugged into a Marshall MR 6100. What let to trouble, however, was when I wanted to connect other stomp boxes in the chain. Neither Electro Harmonix or Vox boxes could be put before or after the ME-50 without making a lot of noise and feedback.
Another detail that I found annoying was that i could not adjust the sound level of the modulations. For example the Phaser is way too loud and could not turn the effect down to blend with the rest of the effects.
The effects have their ups and downs. With the variety of distortion and OD sounds, you are very likely to find something you'd like. Nothing that would fall into the Boutique category, but if that's what you're after you are reading the wrong review ;)
The Modulation bit is the weakest link here. None of the effects was better than mediocre and as mentioned above, the sound was too high compared to the other effects.
The Delay works well, and is set up so you can easily adjust feedback and time.
The Expression pedal offers a decent Wah, and I also found the Octave up and Octave down fairly good.
The Compressor and Reverb, placed above the three stomp boxes was sub standard to my liking. The Compressor didn't really compress, and the Reverb was to artificial. On lower volumes however this is not so audible, so if your planning on getting an ME-50 don't be put off by this.
At last, the Tone Modifier. Ten pre-set EQ settings that can help you get the overall sound you're after.


Reliability The ME-50 is superb for playing in small clubs where you virtually have to squeeze in between the drum kit and your amp. Also for home use this box is well worth it's price tag. You can modify the features in the Memory mode, and set it up so for example box 1 is normal distortion and box 2 is your solo boost, set with higher volume and/or more gain. The options are there for you to explore ;)
As mentioned, the ME-50 doesn't play well with others. If you need other pedals for any reason, then the ME-50 might not be the solution.


Customer Support Not dealt with Boss.


Liked about it - It's a Pandora's Box! For many players, this is all you'll ever need.
- Space-, cable- and battery saving.
- Well worth the money


Didn't like - I could not get it to work with external pedals in the loop.
- None of the effects had any wow-factor.
- The sound level of the modulation was too high.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By hp29
Sep 08, 2010
 
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Good value but a bit clumsy

Ease Of Use Using any of the pedals to activate a particular sound is as easy as any stomp box. Where it becomes difficult is if you use more than one at a time. I don't mean blending sounds, I mean physically using the unit. E.G. To activate the tuner (a very good one, by the way) you have to step on the 1st and second pedals at the same time. Great if that's all you need to do. Unfortunately if you want to activate, say, Overdrive and Chorus together you have to be careful to step on the switches separately. If you don't, you switch on the tuner and your sound go es off completely. To recover you need to step on them both simultaneously, THEN again individually to turn the desired effects on. Not good in a gig situation. If you step on the Chorus and Delay pedals you get sent into the memory banks... These issues can be kinda planned for once you know about them, although I use a Roland Cube 80XL which has remote foot switches (it's useless without them) and this allows you to step on 2 pedals at once - no problem. Very confusing when using all of this side by side.


Sound My main guitar is an Ibanez S5470TKS and most of my others are Dimarzio/Floyd Rose style. My Amp is a Roland Cube 80XL (Solid State) I also use a Line 6 Wireless setup and it all works well. The only word of caution is set your levels flat (no boost or cut) otherwise you lose clarity and levels go way up very quickly. That's just a user thing, though. You need to buy the extra pedals to operate the memory banks with your feet. Otherwise you're on your knees to operate the tiny buttons on the panel. Not a good look.


Reliability Never had a problem with it. The only time their is a problem is through mis-using the pedals (see above)


Customer Support Never needed them.


Liked about it Flexibility. I play in a Frankie Valli Show, a 50's Rock n Roll show, a 70's 80's Covers Band and a 80's 90's Covers band and I use the same rig for all of them. I average 60 gigs a year and 2 rehearsals a week and the thing just runs and runs.


Didn't like There's a lot on the panel and if you need to make changes when you do as many different styles as I do it's not easy. The extra foot switches are essential to use the memory banks reliably.

When you switch from one memory to another the sound chops of completely. No carry over to smooth the way.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By Clay101
Mar 16, 2012
 
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Get what you pay for!

Ease Of Use Very easy to use, no screens to mess about with- just knobs. It is actually like three stompboxes glued together with much more features than you would expect!


Sound Sound, it's a very versatile box. But you need to run it through a decent amp to get an 'ok' distortion sound. Modulation and delays are the best two things, they are pretty tweakable too! The noise gate decay is linked to the threshold I'm sure. Reverb is a bit too simple for my liking, but it does sound pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of the tone modify, although I feel you can tell it's had some time put into it. The compressor is rubbish, it creates a ton of noise that the noise gate struggles to cut out before 3/4 of a second.
The expression pedal effects are OK, but the expression pedal itself isn't uniform from toe up to toe down. For example, if you were to have wah on and you 'perfectly' went from toe up to toe down, the pedal would not track perfectly, you would get little 'jumps' in the filter etc.


Reliability It's very reliable, had it a good few years now with no issues!


Customer Support Never dealt with BOSS.


Liked about it I like it's simplicity, it really is a jack of all trades! You don't have to worry about powering all your stompboxes with this. The expression pedal allows you to completely mute your signal on the fly, which is handy if the feedback gets completely out of control and keeps the noisegate open!


Didn't like IT IS A MASTER OF NOTHING! It does lots of things ok, but nothing great, the DELAY WHEN CHANGING FROM ONE PRESET TO ANOTHER IS HORRENDOUS! Because of this delay, I feel you can only use this effects processor in stompbox mode.

Everything in it is average, so it gets a pretty average score of 3. (Don't be put off, it isn't a bad machine by any means though, I'm just being critical!)


Overall satisfaction:
 
3.0

By Guitarist-Jonny
Feb 21, 2010
 
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well worth the money

Ease Of Use yeah this unit is very easy to use,unlike most other units which are a nightmare and very complicated.


Sound nothing special,i plugged the boss me50 into the back of a old carlsbro 40w glx amp and it sounds quiet good.as for the effects there's some nice wet distortions which i like a lot,the delays are very good,wah wah sucks but wah wah's always suck on these multi effects boards. i'm not over fussed on the reverb's on this unit and couldn't get the chorus sound i wanted.on the whole id give the boss me-50 7-10 not bad units for the price.


Reliability had mine 2 years still going strong


Customer Support no cant comment here


Liked about it easy to use is the best feature.if you find pedal boards are very complicated this is for you as its a doddle to use making/edit patches etc.


Didn't like i didn't like the wah wah or the reverb's but really its a nice little multi effects.


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4.0

By DUCK YOU SUCKERS
May 17, 2011
 
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When you dont need more than the basics

Ease Of Use Probably at this moment you have read several detailed reviews about this multi-effects so the only thing adding here worth mention is the analog mode and the capability to save your tweaks as patches..that's all about it,you could go deep if you'd like but this pedalboard is built with the analog pedal user in mind adding the digital saving saving extra,There's nothing like just roll the knobs up/down and go! That's why analog pedals are still on the market.


Sound The sound is not bad considering it's price..if you have used Boss before you now what to expect,good over all sound.OD's and Distortions are fine,I'm more into overdrives than distortions but they sound pretty good,having a lot of choices you sure will find something usable here.
I use mostly a Marshall 250FX and Ibanez guitars ..RG570 with high gain pickups and S model with medium output and the responded good,specially the RG.I got a hollow body and it sounded fine.I even connected a classical guitar during a gig to use it with the delay and modulation effects.It worked very nice.Just watch for feedback.
Delays and Modulation effects do their job,some people only use this just because of them,letting the amp take care of the dirt..The choruses sound pristine and the delays sound very decent.The Reverb is limited but has everything to cover the basics and more.Noise Suppressor is a good addition here and it works just fine,no complaints.Expression pedal is robust and the Wha is killer.
Important:Don't connect the ME-50 direct to the PA..modulation and delays sound good but OD/DST will sound like a chainsaw..it's the same as connecting stompbox direct to the mix,sounds awful because it need a preamp to shape it's sound.Always connect the ME50 to an amp,no matter how small or big..that's what it is made for.


Reliability Handy for practice,small gigs and rehearsals...The truth is that most people could use it even in a BIG concert depending on what you play and if you're using it only for modulation and delays..that's how I used it,I combine it with my favorite OD and the amp's dirty channel.


Liked about it Portable and small..lots of effects and decent sound and extremely easy to use..You just have roll those knobs and concentrate on get a good sound and rock/jazz/funk the night out.More time on music and lest time "gearing".
It is also ideal for beginners to the multi-effects world also for people with little experience with effects cause the analog way of use.Advanced digital pedal boards will make more sense once you know the parameters in "analog mind"


Didn't like Lacks a preamp.
OD/DS's could be better..but that's it's just my POV.
I would be nice if it had another pair of pedals to change banks without having to be kneeling,In that case the GT-10 could be best option you could say but with the GT you don't have the easy analog tweaking the ME-50 offers.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By the-e-vid
Apr 20, 2011
 
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