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Offline Barnezy

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Boss GT1 Review
« on: September 01, 2017, 08:31:22 pm »
I love my GT1 so did a little review on it.

https://youtu.be/m-VXkK9nNK0


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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2017, 10:02:00 pm »
Really interesting,  Barnezy, thanks for sharing. Sounded good even through the iPhone  :)

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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2017, 11:22:20 pm »
A nice little review.

A couple of observations:

Firstly "Sweet child" tones are for the lead parts, and are a lot higher gain than the rhythm parts.

Secondly, you are playing it on a strat with single coil pups, which isn't going to have the thickness of tone that a humbucker-equipped guitar will have, like the original Kris Derrig guitar it was recorded with.

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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2017, 07:56:09 am »
Hi Keith,

Thanks for the observations. You're right. There is actually an FX on the unit the coverts single coil to humbucker, which I used (I've sold my LP), but missed out mentioning it on the edit, same with Times Like These. I was really just trying to get across how easy it is to use and how versatile it is, the tones were never going to sound very good on an iPhone.

It's my first ever YouTube review and I did the whole thing in 40mins including edit. I'll try to be more accurate for future ones.

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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2017, 09:33:11 am »
Did you plug it straight in or is it in an FX loop?
Looks a great piece of kit for the money, my Zoom 505 mk2 is a bit old in the tooth now and a bu99er to program! I feel a bit of GAS coming on ;)
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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2017, 10:59:48 am »
Ah, OK, I forgot about the SC to HB setting.

@DarrellW it plugs straight through. There's no send/return capability. The idea is you run directly into a mixer/pa or into the front of a clean amp.
Of course, if you like the od/distortion on your amp, you could turn off the pedal preamp stuff and just use the modulation, etc. effect, or use the GT-1 as a drive/boost.

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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2017, 11:29:06 am »
This has now got me to thinking about what might be the better option when I get to this stage of my journey.  I'm seeing two ways to go:

Something like this GT-1 plus a simple amp with limited effects; or
Modelling amp

Haven't looked at options to consider the cost variable.

Any other approaches to think about, research further?

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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2017, 11:53:30 am »
IME a big influence is how easy it is to use.
Many early multi FX systems were difficult to use which mean that most users never used them to their full potential. That applies to both modelling amps and pedals.

For instance, the Boss Katana amps have roughly the same models as the GT-1 (and the GT-001, and the GT-100) but the controls are more basic which means it's often easier and quicker to dial in a basic tone.

On the other hand, you can do slightly less with it. That won't be significant for most people.

Equally the GT-1 doesn't have some of the more advanced capabilities of the GT-100. Most people won't use these, and the result is an easier to use system.

If you are considering the Boss stuff, and you want something that's simple to use, I would start with the Katana (if you are looking to upgrade your amp anyway). Otherwise the GT-1 is a pretty good add-on to most existing amps.

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Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2017, 12:23:31 pm »
I was running this straight into the Line In/MP3 input on my Blackstar HT1, so there was no colour added to the sound by the amp other than the speaker. If I wanted to use the Blackstar pre-amp, then I would just run it into the normal input and turn the pre-amp off on the GT1 to just use the FX or looper for example.

Having used this and a modelling amp, I would say this offers more options, as it is easier to use and is a lot more portable. I read that some musicians just take this and their guitar to gigs and plug it straight in to the PA.

For me the biggest advantage of this over a modelling amp is you can take it anywhere without fuss. I can go to the garden with my headphones and play. No power cords or boxes to lug around, just plug and play. 


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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2017, 01:52:45 pm »
That's true, and some of the reasons I got a GT-1 as well as my Katana.

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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2017, 04:38:16 pm »
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Keith & Barnezy ... at this stage I have nothing and not likely to satisfy this urge until next year ... then will go big  :)

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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2017, 06:39:20 pm »
Oh BU99ER............
Her indoors is not going to be happy ;)
Will have to try and sneak it under the radar, fortunately she doesn't know what my Zoom 505 looks like so maybe.........
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Re: Boss GT1 Review
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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2017, 09:56:20 pm »
Thanks for the review, that was informative.

Portability indeed is a huge plus, and by the looks of it the Boss unit has more options and is easier to use than my Mustang modelling amp.

I wonder if I could get a second life out of my old Valvestate amp by coupling it with a unit like the Boss... (though I fear it'll probably sound like pants whatever I use  :( )
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Re: Boss GT1 Review
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2017, 03:18:01 pm »
Resurrecting this a bit.

The one criticism I have with the GT-1, compared with other alternatives from Zoom or Digitech, is the GT-1 doesn't have drum rhythms.

It does have a metronome and that is useful, but not nearly as useful (or fun/inspiring) as a drum track.

I find it a little odd because some of their other related products do have this. Specifically their standalone loop pedals (such as the RC-3), and the JS-8/10 and the BR-80. In fact, the drum-tracks on the BR-80 are fully programmable and can even be triggered over MIDI.

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