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The Boss DD-3 Digital Delay has been often referred to as a pearl, and not only because of its color. It is pure magic, and quickly became an essential component on my pedalboard. It is an amazingly guitarist-friendly delay box: easy to use, very sturdy, with a well designed footswitch typical of all Boss pedals. Apart from the favorable physical features, this classic pedal provides the awesome sounding digital delay. If you want a clear and crisp sound with precise repeats, the DD-3 is the right choice. Because of the short battery life, however, you should use an AC adapter for a longer performance.
Boss is one of the biggest names in the looping world, and that isn’t going to change any time soon. The RC-300 is the replacement for the RC-50, and it’s similarly beastly. Measuring over 21 inches wide and 9 inches front-to-back, the new looper’s big selling point is the fact it can support three separate stereo loops at any time. Throw in Boss’ usual dedication to sound quality and sturdy manufacturing, and there’s a chance the RC-300 could become the go-to pedal for serious loopers. If you’re just getting into looping, it’s probably better to consider something smaller, but if you’re a loop-dependent performer or write a lot of music using loops then it might just be worth the sizable investment.
Boss is a pretty big name in the world of looper pedals. The RC-20XL was the mid-sized looper of choice for many guitarists, offering the ideal compromise between size and capability and ease of use. But the RC-30 hopes to improve on the older model, taking the reigns as Boss’ go-to mid-size looper. It’s in stiff competition, though, because along with Boss’ own older, dependable model, the JamMan Stereo is also worthy of consideration as a mid-sized unit. We’ve put the RC-30 to the test to see if it can really stand out among the crowd.
The Boss GT-10 was once Boss’ flagship multi-effects unit. It has since been surpassed by the GT-100, but the original still has a veritable army of fans and you could easily pick one up second-hand at a reduced price. If the advanced bells and whistles of the GT-100 seem too much for you, the Boss GT-10 is a pretty legendary unit and still a respectable part of any guitarist’s set-up. With models based on classic amps throughout history and versions of all the major classes of effects, some players won’t need anything other than the GT-10.
Although the GT series has basically taken Boss multi-effects, jacked them up on steroids and bundled enough effects under the hood for a lifetime of sonic exploration, the Boss ME-70 still has its benefits. As the larger sibling of the ME-25, it’s loaded with much of the same features, except that its increased size allows for greater hands-free control. It’s also different to the smaller model and the GT series because it essentially works as a collection of analogue pedals rather than a software-heavy digital system. This makes it very user-friendly, particularly for guitarists used to traditional multi-effects systems, and it’s relatively low price tag makes it an attractive option for gigging musicians.
The Boss ME-25 is Boss’ update of the ME-20 and the smaller sibling of the ME-70. The most instantly appealing element of the pedal is its low price, but Boss has a reputation for quality, so you know right off the bat that this isn’t going to be a discount option. The GT series may dwarf the MEs when it comes to the number of footswitches and the array of options they provide, but that doesn’t mean you should discount them entirely. If you’re hoping to save a bit of cash and still get a solid pedal, the Boss ME-25 might be the one for you.
The Boss GT-10 is a legendary beast. Boss (or Roland, if you prefer) has a reputation of producing top-quality effects units, and the Boss GT-100 is their new go-to-guy. It’s an updated version of the GT-10, and aims to become the new king of multi-effects. From a purely financial perspective, putting out a new effects pedal regularly makes a lot of sense. People are reminded of the things they love about their favorite pedals and eagerly order the new unit for even the most trivial of upgrades. The real question is whether the Boss GT-100 offers something to guitarists, or to Boss themselves.
The FRV-1 Fender Reverb pedal does a remarkable job of digitally-emulating an original 1963 Fender Spring Reverb unit. The FRV-1 has three knobs: Mixer (the volume-level of reverb in the mix), Tone (from dark and ambient to super-bright), and Dwell (delay time of the reverb). Its settings allow the user to magically emulate the classic guitar sound created by Fender’s ‘63 tube-driven spring reverb unit, the sound that deﬁned surf rock in the early-sixties.