I really didnt have any other choices when buying this due to lack of money, but i have to tell you. i wouldnt have wanted to buy anything else after using it. i would definitely buy it again if it were lost or stolen.
Where Obtained: My friend
I bought this off my pal for 100 bucks. It was the most useful 100 bucks i've spent on equipment so far. love it. Some people prefer the digital processors, but the analog thing is all me. the switches are easy to use and figure out and are great for quick use.
This style is great for all kinds of music. im a metal head myself, and i find it very suitable for my needs. it can be used with basically any style of music you want. all the effects and the distortion settings, and a threshold knob to lower feedback make it great in sound department.
all you have to do is turn it on, and go to work.
sure, you have to play with the knobs when you first get it to familiarize yourself with it, but you have to do that with all processors.
Very durable and light, nice to use at shows and mine's seen many in its day. still in great condition.
I considered buying both this unit and the Line 6 POD, but chose this one because the POD would be fiddly on stage unless I'd bought the floor board which was about 200 at the time. Having said that, if it were lost or stolen I probably would get the POD and the Floorboard simply because the midi interface would have allowed more customisation and experimentation. This unit could be better if it would simulate cabinets, I've used it's Line Out into a recording unit and it doesn't really work very well, the sound is pretty dull. The best aspect of the unit is it's simpicity and that it doesn't require more than about 5 to 15 minutes to get exactly the sound you want out of it. Least favorite thing is the Wah-Wah function, it doesn't really sound believable, and that the AC adaptor (the only viable to provide it with power for anything other than very occasional gigs) which is just Boss being greedy. That said it's a versatile and powerful unit.
Model Year: 2004
Where Obtained: Sound Control, Leeds, England
Three stomp-box style switches which activate the Distortion, Modulation and Delay effects in Manual mode, or change patch (within a bank) in Preset mode. Expression pedal which either operates as a volume pedal, or can be activated to become a Wah-Wah pedal. Selector and parameter knobs for Distortion, Modualation, Delay, Tone Modification, Compressor, Supressor, Reverb and Expression sections of the unit. Runs off either batteries (with a relatively short lifespan) or the AC adaptor which has to be bought seperately. Mono or Stereo output to either (1 or 2) amps and a Line Out socket.
I a PRS Santana into this out into a Fender Princeton 65. It mostly gets used for jazz, funk and blues which it seems fine with. The factory Presets are more geared towards people playing heavier rock music, but with a bit of changing about I've come across no problems. Sound of the POD is a bit better (and presumably with the midi controls more versatile) but doesn't have the foot controls. Can get noisy in high gain situations, but the Supressor deals with this. Most of the effects work well although I don't really like the Wah function.
Unit has 10 banks which hold 3 patches which are easy to create and edit. It's reasonably easy to get a good sound and if you put more time into it really good tones can be created. I think the POD is easier to use on a simple level, but this is much easier than menu driven units.
I've had no problems with the unit. It's made out of some metal or other and is fairly strong. The only potential weak spots might be the foot switches, or by using your feet on the smaller switches not designed for feet.
I was lloking for a pedal to dirty up my acoustic amp when using my solid bodies (Mexican strat, mexican tele, and PRS Santana) I looked at amp modelers, but for the money this gave everything I was looking for lots of, different dirt with just about everything else thrown in for free. This is like owning 60 Boss pedals at once, and having them all fitted to a pedal board by a professional with a sensible logical sequence that alters as the chain alters. I cant see how it con be bettered other than getting more of the same. For the money it is unbelievable. If I lost or broke it, I would probably by a bigger one, but what the heck.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $300.00 GBP160 (new)
Where Obtained: Professional Music Technology
This is a very well set out multi effects tone modifyier, that has almost all effects that could be needed, put together in a logical chain from input from the guitar to the stereo outputs. The unit takes 6 AA batteries, which last about 6 hours in all, or can be mains powered. It has a large number of rotary swisthes for effect choice each placed in a logical position on the unit and arranged in banks by type, tone modifier, distortion, modulation, delay and pedal controlled. These are modifiable by rotary switches efecting relevant parameters for each, and selectable by large and robust footswitches. Finally their is a large and firm footpedal for effects that can be controlled in this mnner, wah, volume, whammy, etc.
I have played this with a variety of single coil, humbucker and piezo pickups and it responds to each clearly with easily modified sounds that allow the character of the repective guitar to shine through. I have played it through a Marshall MG 50 and a MArshall Acoustic 50, individually and using the stereo output, through both, the sounds remain clear and identifiable even with a little distortion form the amp.
The effects are all of very good quality and wide ranging sounds, there is a little repetition on the distortion side but with 20 odd seperate sounds with several parameters to change on each this is very forgiveable. The modulations are musical and easy to use (this is a common theme) and the delays have a huge range of useable timimgs and styles, the only thing missing would be a multi tap with differeing timing. The pedal is also easy to use to create the generic wah sounds with three options. Noise levels are low and controlable with the noise gate. The compressor works well with limited controls but has all I ever needed. Nothing really lets this unit down.
The unit is very easy to programme, select the effect and press the switch. They can be saved, but the joy of this machine over most other units I have tried, is that changing "on the fly" is such a breeze, that that is all I do. It does have presets that give a good idea of what the unit can do, but it is so easy to use that the presets are of limited value.
Solid metal construction, Boss, very solid. It is quite heavy and sits on good rubber feet, it doesn't slide with "normal kicking". The 6 hours the batteries have will cover normal gigging situations with the mains if necessary for longer applications (or a spare set of rechargeables)
I looked at a few digitec pedals and decided i prefered this boss pedal because of the simplicity and sound of the ME-50. Digital menus are okay but the whole analog thing made it quick and easy to dial in the perfect tone.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $500.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Mr. Entertainment
-20 COSM modeled distortion settings
-tone modification knob including acoustic simulator
-built in noise supressor to get rid of unwanted buzzing etc.
-30 spots to save settings
-flanger, phaser, tremolo, vibrato, chorus etc. all the basics
-built in tuner
-required DC adapter or batteries, preferably the adaptor as batteries dont last long.
I have an older DOD 100 w amp and an Esp Ltd Deluxe H-1000 guitar and it sounds great through this pedal. i also have and old Jay turser guitar with cheap pickups so the noise supresor helps get rid of the buzzing.
Thats the beauty of the ME-50. Its so user friendly a chimpanzee could work it. No digital menus just simple analog knobs make it simple and quick to program. If you prefer instant gratification for good sound you can choose from the factory presets preprogrammed in the memory bank or create and save your own.
I have always been totaly satisfied with the durability of BOSS products and this pedal is no exception. The metal case is super durable and the lack of digital electronics just makes it more durable.