Boss ME-33 Guitar Effects Processor

Multi-Effects Floor Unit

Made by Boss

Description Updated version of the ME-30. Offers distortion/overdrive, compression,EQ,amp simulation, cabinet simulation, pickup simulation (including acoustic guitar settings), chorus, flange, phaser, delay, vibrato, wah, pitch shifting, and other cool stuff.
Posted By James Moody (619)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 5/7/2003, Terrance Miller (202) posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall I give the ME-33 an average rating because the distortion and the wammy were not that great. If you cant use an all in one effects pedal for that what good is it? Although this does have alot off good expensive BOSS effects, i defenatly found that having less is more when it comes to my creativity. If you are looking for an inexpensive floor pedal to try out different sounds you might like it. But I would try alternitives also.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Over all the featrues are ok, it has most of the commonly used effects, and handy cromatic tuner that mutes the sound, the light up display was nice, the plastic footswiches were kind of small, and the wammy bar lacked volume when activated. the knobs below the display took some getting used to but work ok.
Sound Quality:
I used a fender strat pluged into the ME-33 then into the AMP, pretty simple. I play mostly rock that changes from light overdrive, to distortion, and i used the effects everyonce and awile. My main complaint was that the distortions were not good at all. I had it for a year and just could not get a tone that i liked. Some people say there is a milisecond delay between patches, but that is because they were useing the patches like Stompoxes to get the change in tone. if you need distortion for solos you are supposed to swich the effects pedal to manual mode where each footswich is a seperate effect. When you do this there is no delay when activating and effect, but dont expect a noticable increase in volume when the distortion is kicked in. I solved this by putting a distortion pedal infront of the ME-33. the effects like Flanger and Phaser are good. But i did notice alot of noise when COSM and pickup sumulators were used. expecially the Acoustic simulator. the Whammy didnt cut the cheez, but pitch bending and ring modulator was fun to play with.
Ease of Use:
This unit was easey to use once you read the manual.
Durability:
Its pretty tough for plastic. Maybee cause it's a BOSS
On 3/17/2002, James Moody (619) posted:
Overall Rating:
I went down a long trail to get here. Lots of stompboxes and different stompbox configurations, different multi-effects processors, and the occasional sacrifice to the gear gods above. No, I don't believe I found the Holy Grail, but this item sounds pretty damned good. Definitely one to try out if you work a lot of gigs. For the money, you'll be hard pressed to do better. I used this all night with my '73 Twin Reverb, and can't remember the last time I just enjoyed my sound and what I was doing. If you do the homework before the gig (not much required to understand this one) this item becomes well worth what I paid. I was even able to change settings in mid song (squat down and hammer with left hand, punch buttons with right) and not do any damage to the sound I had created. I love this thing.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $255.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Jackson Music in Winston-Salem, NC
Features:
Unit offers 10 banks, three selections per bank. Three pedals left to right, then up and down selector pedals. It can use either 4 AA batteries or and AC adapter. Also has stereo outputs if desired. The only thing I could wish for at all would be tap-tempo delay.
Sound Quality:
I use this item with a 71 Les Paul and a 91 Strat. During one night's work I'll play bluegrass, funk, rock, blues, country, and dance. It was easy to select and program a good sound for each style, and I was even able to pull a real good heavy sound out of it for the one hard rock tune we do. This is a great sounding processor. I remember thinking that it was a shame that the ME-30 didn't sound so good, considering the ease it could be programmed with. Boss fixed that problem.
Ease of Use:
Programming this unit is a breeze. The manual is very detailed, and if you didn't guess your way through it already, once you read how to program/edit/copy/exchange patches, it will make complete sense. I was able to get a good sound with my Randall RG-80 1x12 combo immediately. That amp has always needed a little help in the tone department, since it's solid state. I had an ME-30 a while back, and programming/editing it was no challenge at all. Lab monkeys could do this.
Durability:
It's made by Boss. It'll be here when we're gone.