Boss GT-6 Guitar Effects Processor

Multi-Effects Floor Unit

Made by Boss

Description It has some great features, like a great sounding Wah, the ability to turn the wah on in any effect by just pressing down the pedal, a great Mesa/Boogie sim, and more.
Posted By Jeff Raines (35)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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On 1/14/2007, Daniel Brown (90) posted:
Overall Rating:
I bought this as an upgrade for my previous pedal, the Boss GT-3, and it hasnt let me down yet. I stick with Boss because I personally find them to be there when you most need them, unlike some of the cheaper multi-effects units, not to mention any brand names...(ZOOM)
Model Year: 2002
Price: $329.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash Music, Madison, TN
Features:
This pedal has all you need to tweak your tone to perfection. Amp and speaker combination simulator, digital EQ, several fully cusomizable effects like OD, chorus, delay, flange, phaser, pitch bend, auto wah, synth, among many others. Settings can be changed either digitally OR in real-time (with knobs, like on the seperate little pedals).
Sound Quality:
I run a Gibson Les Paul Standard limited edition with a full marshall stack, and use this unit for all of my extra little goodies. You can tweak your tone to suit any playing style from jazz and country to heavy metal. Boss did a great job on amp modeling and effects quality. Definitely a great sounding addition to any rig.
Ease of Use:
It took a little getting used to, but after sitting down and programming some presets for my taste, the final product was well worth the time spent tweaking. There are over 200 presets from the factory, and some of them sound pretty cool, so you can customize ones that you like so you dont have to start from scratch.
Durability:
Steel construction makes it able to take a beating and keep on tickin. Mine has been tossed around in the band trailer more than Martha Stewart in the pokey, and it still holds together just fine.
On 8/27/2005, Andrew Ells-O'Brien (563) posted:
Overall Rating:
Dump your POD get a BOSS. The amazing this about this unit is that EVERY aspect of every parameter is programmable to be affected in a performance setting. It even can be programmed to change Amp's according to how hard to pick the strings on your gtr! WOW....WOW...WOW.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $445.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Daddy's Junky Music - Burlington, MA
Features:
  • 44 effects types including synth waves, sitar, and acoustic sounds
  • Up to 13 effects simultaneously
  • 200 preset patches
  • 140 user patches
  • Seamless program change
  • Fully programmable signal routing
  • Dual-engine COSM amp modeling
  • 46 amp models
  • 30 OD/DS models
  • Solo switch for each amp model
  • Layering/blending/panning of 2 amp models
  • Dynamic sensing mode for channel switching and control of effect parameters by varying pick attack
  • Effects loop
  • 15 knobs
  • Jog wheel
  • 26 finger buttons
  • 7 foot buttons
  • Expression pedal
  • Stereo analog outs
  • 24-bit coaxial digital out
  • Amp control jack
  • External expression pedal input
  • MIDI I/O
  • Headphone out
Sound Quality:
I play a variety of guitars with this amp including a LesPaul Studio and Fender Strat. Both gtrs sound great, and I could always with the virtual pickup effect to change the sound of the Strat to the LesPaul if I needed to. I plug the unit into a Fender Pro Junior amp for clarity of sound. If I need to be louder and not mic'd I go direct to the PA. I have owned the Line 6 Pod Pro 2 and this unit is more diverse and has many more effects. I sold my POD once I got this unit.
Ease of Use:
If you have used other Boss GT series effects before, you will jump right into this one. If not, you can read the book or hook it up to your computer with MIDI and this software http://homepage.ntlworld.com/robert.redding/GT8_Editor.exe to get ANY sound you want.
Durability:
This floor unit is NOT plastic like Zoom or Digitech, it is Metal made for the road.
On 12/24/2003, Kevin Reedy (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
Well when I went to buy a pedal newells didnt have that many in then and they had 2 sitting there.It was a s---ty one and then it was the BOSS GT-6. So why buy a s---ty one for
Model Year: 2002
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Newells music in Greenwood sc (www.newells.com)
Features:
It has alot of buttons and knobs It has a built in wah-wah pedal that can be change into a volume pedal when wah is not in use. it is AC-DC powered. It has over 82 effects that can be althered many different ways. It has a pre-amp built in and u can use headphone and jam without a amp.Headphones and headphone jack doesnt come with it though
Ease of Use:
U can program the stomp pedals on it and save it with the same vol bass med and treble it take sometime to get use to the layout but once u do your rocking it out
Durability:
A 2 ton beam can fall on it and the beam would bend this one need a carryin case lol it heavy like the sound it makes. This one is a good one from BOSS. You can play this thing 24-7 but watch the power supply if u burn it up the replacement can be a dent in the pocket
On 12/6/2003, Jose Barrientos (16) posted:
Overall Rating:
The best guitar multieffect that i ever own the sound its great and the you can easily make any kind of sound with it- great for pros and beginners!!! i really recomend it!!!
Model Year: 2002
Price: $0.00 Quetzales, Guatemala (new)
Where Obtained: Music Retailer "Preludio Musical"
Features:
It has 4 footswitches and 1 expression pedal, 1 bank up and 1 down, and a control pedal for real time operation is AC powered i wish it could have more assings for real time operation stereo or mono, phones and digital output, many output setups from the JC 120 to PA line
Sound Quality:
The best sound ive ever heard, i had the zoom 505II before the Boss and what a difference!!! is suited for all kind of music all the effects are great and the harmonist rock!!!
Ease of Use:
At the beginning its kind of hard, but with time you can make your sound and what a sound!!! a 24 bit oversampling!!! the thing that most bothers me the most is the tweaking you have to have a lot of patience!!!
Durability:
Built like a ROCK!!! a gold metal chassis!
On 3/19/2003, Richard To (831) posted:
Overall Rating:
Don't buy it, its a waste of 400 dollars
Price: $399.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
It has alot of effects : flanger, chorus, reverb, etc. It has every effect you can think of basiclly. It has a pedal on it. Its too confusing to use though.
Sound Quality:
I don't like the sound. It doesn't sound very realistic and kind of muffled. My Rp100 sounds just as good. The sound isn't as good as I payed for
Ease of Use:
Confusing to use
Durability:
Looks pretty well made
On 12/16/2002, Glenn Young (30) posted:
Overall Rating:
All of these versitile options and sound quality for the price make the gt-6 an incredible value.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $349.99 (new)
Where Obtained: musiciansfriend.com
Features:
I can't help but buy the latest guitar gizmos when they come out. This one stands out. Like most multi effects one has to get used to the controls and setup. This is the first unit that I have purchased which has several presets that I like. Each effect (including pre amp and speakers) are easily accessible. It is easy to use BUT there are so many advanced options that take a while to use effectively. HOWEVER, you don't have to use the advanced features to get good sounds!!! PC editor software would be the best way to improve patch editing. Like most floor or rack units with a small display you have to scroll through millions of parameters to get to the ones you want. The GT-6 is no worse in this department than other units.
Sound Quality:
The sound quality is great. I have not played enought gigs to really nail down permanant settings but this unit has worked its way into my rig faster than most other gear. I've had the Roland VG-8 for a couple of years now and it is not as versitle for playing live as the GT-6
Ease of Use:
Programming the GT-6 can be a bear because of all the options. I reccommend downloading a patch editor for your PC. (GT Manager, get it at http://www.bossgt3.co.uk) This is a great unit. It is especially versital for performance. Here is some useful stuff that is not in the Boss marketing ads ow web site: With the 2 optional foot switches attached this unit can be very flexible. Each switch can have several assignments for each patch, i.e.: stepping on external control switch #1 turns the od on and the chorus and delay off. In the same patch, tap external control pedal #2 to set the master bpm which might set tremelo speed and delay time. The on board controll pedal might be set to turn on the uni-vibe effect. In addition to that there is an assignable expression pedal with a switch at the fully open end of the pedal (like how you turn on a crybaby way. The expression pedal can ee used for volume or pitch bend until you depress the switch and then it acts like a wah for example. All of these switch assignments can be programmed to do different things for each patch. The switches can also be assigned to do "global" functions for all patches. Another cool thing this unit does well is the flexibility of the effects chain. Any effect can be placed anywhere in the chain. the delay or chorus can be before the od in one patch and after the od in the next patch. Setting the modulation rate of the chorus, vibrato, tremelo, uni-vibe, and slicer effects to be controlled by the tempo (via master bpm), and tapping that tempo into a control pedal allows cool effects that are easy to do when playing to a click, sequencer, or drum machine to be done with a live drummer. Synching the modulation rate of the tremelo and the 2x2 chorus (via master bpm) makes cool leslie simulations possible.
Durability:
Built of good old metal with a metal wah/volume pedal.
On 10/7/2002, Jeff Osborne (29) posted:
Overall Rating:
I would have to have another if somthing happened to this unit if for nothing else cutting down on my setup time and how much gear I used to carry.
Price: $375.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Music Store
Features:
Picked up this unit to see if I could get rid of all the pedals I was carrying. To my surprise it got rid of more then that.
Sound Quality:
I use 3 to 4 guitars on a gig. Most of the time 2 strats, Les Paul, and a PRS. At first the unit did not sound as good as I expected then I read about the output select setting. This changed everything. Once setup to go into a combo amp the sounds got much better. Then While in my home studio I set the output to direct to mixer. It sounded great for recording. So then I tried this setting live with no amp to the monitor board and put into my montor mix. Well all I can say is I dont carry an amp anymore. I have found a tube compressor on the output in line to the board and the amp simulations are even better.
Ease of Use:
You may want to read the book before passing judgement on this unit. It will help with the learning curve.
Durability:
So far so good
On 9/23/2002, James Sharpe (117) posted:
Overall Rating:
The GT-6 is a flexible unit, with many options. It has a few quirks and sounds a little muddy, 'straight out of the box'. It requires some tweaking to get it to work with your rig, however stick with it and you'll get there eventually. Make sure that you try this with YOUR amp and check out the GT-6 yahoo group to find various ways of wiring this up, make sure you try them all. All in all, a good purchase for the price esp. if you can get one s/h.
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Spectre Sound
Features:
This thing has all the bells and whistles that you probably will ever need. Fully customisable effects chain allows for any order of effects. The only slightly annoying thing is the compressor cannot be put on a t the same time as the acoustic simulator or the pick up sim.
Sound Quality:
Beautiful clean sounds, esp. the clean Twin and JC-120 models, however the distortions do take some work to get the 'perfect tone'(or as close as you can get with this unit). Some distortions have a weird fuzz in the background.
Ease of Use:
As mentioned above, it requires some tweaking to get the tone you are after, esp. since there are so many parameters for each effect. The knobs provide easy access to quick settings, but you really need to use the menu system to reach its full potential. Some knowledge of the effects are required to understand how to create a sound, but experimentation is the key.
Durability:
Boss probably make the most durable effects units I've seen, and this is no exception. Full metal housing means this is one tough pedal, although a case is required to keep the paint work in top condition, I have some small blemishes where leads have been dropped on it, but they are only the size of a full-stop.
On 9/19/2002, Sheshagiri Pai (4313) posted:
Overall Rating:
This unit is a Killer..GO FOR IT. How could this unit be better...provide rhythm beats like some Piano's, have one in Metal Grey/ Jet Black.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $399.00 (new)
Features:
I compared top of the line Korg, Digitech and Zoom, Line6 POD.. before zeroing on this one. I wish it had inbuilt drums(am I asking for too much!). It has both MIDI-IN and MIDI-OUT ports.
Sound Quality:
Boss Quality. no noise or interference. The Whammy is the best of any multi-effects system out there. Simulating your amps to different cool Branded amp sets out there...you'll have fun.
Ease of Use:
The unit is programmable. It is easy to create and edit patches as I have been to sites where users do this stuff on a regular basis. It is a bit of tweaking from one's side to obtain a particular sound, in that way may not be as easy as a zoom but this unit has more punch. The POD was the easiest, but I wanted a floor unit. The korg unit had great sound..the acoustics on it were the best....but you know what put me off. It was not having a ON-OFF switch for the AC adapter, I can't believe it, man I just don't like plugging and unplugging! There are two banks and hundereds of built in patches.
Durability:
I have stood on the unit many a times...(don't try this with any other unit!).
On 9/8/2002, Jeff Raines (35) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at some Korg and lower priced Boss pedals but this one beat all of them, I think the only thing better is the Roland guitar synths. If this unit was stolen, I would go and brutally muder the person that did it with this pedal and take it back. This unit couldnt get any better! If you have the money, buy this!!!!! Its worth 430$!!!!!!!!!!
Model Year: 2002
Price: $430.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Andy's Music in Mobile, Alabama
Features:
It has a ton of controls, It is AC powered and it includes the AC adapter. This thing has everything, including a guitar synth(its not great but its ok), it does have stereo capability.
Sound Quality:
I use this unit with a Schecter A-7 7 string and a Ibanez RG-350DX through a Kustom 40 watt amp. You could play any style of music through this, I especially like the Mesa/Boogie distortion model, it sounds exactly like a Dual Rec. No other unit compares to this one, if you have the money get this unit! you will be happy! All the effects are good except the guitar synth, but hey you didnt buy a synth you bought a multi-effects pedal.
Ease of Use:
This unit is programmable, but you better read the manual first :-). Like anything you gotta fiddle with it alot to get a good sound, but when you do, its great. Its sorta hard to use, but you learn it fast.
Durability:
It is very durable, we all know boss effects, you could take it and hit it with a baseball bat there wouldnt be a ding in it. I played on it live and it sounded great.