Boss GT-10
Boss GT-10

GT-10, Multi-Effects for Electric Guitar from Boss in the GT series.

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Mattfig's review"Pretty cool"

Boss GT-10
OK, before I get into specs, I should tell you I almost sold this thing about three or four the point of accepting money for it (which I returned promptly) and bailing out....It's been a love/hate affair but I've learned a lot and can speak intelligently about its use...


AD Conversion
24-bit + AF method (*1)

DA Conversion

Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz

Program Memories
400: 200 (user) + 200 (preset)

Nominal Input Level
INPUT: -10 dBu
RETURN: -10 dBu

Input Impedance
INPUT: 1 M ohm
RETURN: 220 k ohms

Nominal Output Level
OUTPUT: -10 dBu / +4 dBu
SEND: -10 dBu

Output Impedance
OUTPUT: 2 k ohms
SEND: 3 k ohms

Dynamic Range
100 dB or greater (IHF-A)

Digital Output
Coaxial type (conforms to IEC60958)

132 x 64 dots graphic LCD with backlit
7 segments, 3 characters LED

INPUT jack (1/4 inch phone type), OUTPUT L/MONO, R jacks (1/4 inch phone type), PHONES jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type), EXT LOOP jacks SEND, RETURN (1/4 inch phone type), AMP CONTROL jack (1/4 inch phone type), EXP PEDAL 2/CTL3,4 jack (1/4 inch TRS phone type), USB connector, DIGITAL OUT jack, MIDI connectors IN, OUT, DC IN jack

Power Supply
DC 9 V (AC Adaptor: Roland PSB-1U)

Current Draw
800 mA

AC Adaptor (Roland PSB-1U), Owner's Manual, Roland Service (Information Sheet)

Footswitch: BOSS FS-5U, Dual Footswitch: BOSS FS-6, Expression Pedal: BOSS FV-500L/500H, Roland EV-5, Footswitch Cable: Roland PCS-31L (1/4 inch phone plug (stereo) - 1/4, inch phone plug (mono) x2)

System Requirements

OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP, Microsoft® Windows Vista®, Microsoft® Windows® 7
CPU/Clock: Pentium®/Celeron® or Pentium compatible processor 1 GHz or higher
RAM: 512 MB or more
Hard Disk: 190 MB or more
Display/Colors: 1024 x 768/65,536 colors (16 bit High Color) or more

OS: Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later
CPU/Clock: PowerPC G4, G5 1 GHz or higher/Intel processor
RAM: 512 MB or more
Display/Colors: 1024 x 768/32,000 colors or more

Size and Weight

542 mm
21-3/8 inches

272 mm
10-3/4 inches

77 mm
3-1/16 inches

4.9 kg
10 lbs. 13 oz.

Maximum height is 104 mm (4-1/8 inches) when pedal-up


This thing is hard to use, let's be frank...Especially if you plan to utilize the GT-10's loop and the 4 cable method...That's why I got it...The FX, the loop, and the MIDI control....I use Egnater/Randall MTS amps and wanted an all in one solution....In short the 4CM didn't work for me...I couldn't get the send/return levels set up despite my attempts at standard "unity gain" applications...I have wound up using it to switch channels on my MTS amps as well as run inline effects...No 4CM....And it works great....The Noise Suppressor is weak after I've become accustomed to ISP G series products...

The manual is clear but if you are a beginner, you're gonna need help...There's an easy to find forum with tons of helpful people....That's how I have survived....


The amp models are something I don't use...I don't care for them but to be fair, I don't care for any digital models...Anyway, the FX are great and you have many options that are all fully tweak able....This thing sounds excellent when used in conjunction with a great amp....

The FX can be wet or transparent....The MIDI control is great....You have a TON of EQ options as well as any effect you could imagine...Wah, volume, shifter, etc...All here...


I really like this thing, you can arrange your effects any way you want...Order them any way you want....It gives you a lot of control in one box....It really can function the same as an expensive pedal board...It just takes a bit to get to know it and how to use it....Ask questions online and get answers...Dive in, this one is great!
Audiofanzine FR12/05/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Boss GT-10
(Originally written by Resty/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Effects provided: virtually every effect. Connections: comprehensive. Editable: yes, see Roland's website and test it... 10/10.


Quite simple. Clear user's manual. 8/10.


Excellent sound (but not so good as a Rocktron Prophesy). Excellent clean sound. Big heavy metal distortion. Good factory presets but you can get better results if you edit all parameters yourself. You can add other effect devices. Very important: play with a good amp. With a 100-watt Fender or Peavey you get a killer sound. I don't like the sound with a 35-watt Marshall. It's normal, Marshall amps are not made for heavy metal freaks. 9/10.


Cons: Weight! Size (width). If Boss develops a multi-effect footboard with the same sound quality but half as heavy and wide, I'll give them an award. 8/10 because it's too heavy, too wide and a bit too expensive.

Vundaboy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Super!"

Boss GT-10
Multi effect / pedalboard / preamp

Everything is editable!

Any digital if I'm not mistaken ...


Well it's my first multi effect so I'm a little lost at first, but after a week it's great, super intuitive!
Editing is super easy and fluid navigation


Good at this price it is not great but the effects are still very good ...
I do not really use the preamp, but the sounds are really ugly distortion and digital sound


I've had a small ssemaine and I'm having! I rediscovered my amp.
Used 180 €, I'm thrilled!

jijisopretty's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Interesting to discover."

Boss GT-10
Features, I do not dwell on it, there's a card manufacturer.


Overall, the use of this multi is simple. You can easily create a sound from scratch by adding effects that are specifically desired.
For basic use, it is clear.
As soon as you want to push a little (because EVERYTHING is possible!), You have to dig a little. Very simple example, I wanted the Wah pedal go from 0 to 10 in the full stroke of the pedal and not 0 to 100. I looked for a little while.
In fact, it is both its quality and defect that we can do absolutely everything ... and unfortunately, the manual is fairly general, although for the first grip. As soon as we want to push a little, need to get by alone.


In terms of sound quality, frankly, everything is modulations without breaking bricks, very fine, really. We arrive at boning frankly sounds good.
As for distortion / saturation, then on the other hand, I will be more critical. Sure it may not require a pedal 400 € which is all to do everything perfectly ... but the distortion, they are not really top of all, it is very ... draft.

I tested this pedal on a neutral amp, clean sounds and modulations are between good and correct the distorted sounds are between bad and correct. I tested with an Ibanez RG1570 and ESP Horizon.


I since I started using the guitar almost (4-5 years) but much less today I dedicated my gear to suit my needs. And this is where the strength of this multi for a beginner, it helps to explore ALL (almost) without snapping thousands of € uros in the gear. For € 400, you have access to almost everything that exists. This exploration can then move more easily to more expensive gear more accurate, better to confirm his style of play to what we love.

The quality / price ratio is great for a beginner or someone who wants to try something else.

With experience, I dedicated my gear, I'm using almost over but it has been a valuable ally to me and for that, I do not regret the purchase.

Eloim's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Complex but full of surprises"

Boss GT-10
- Screen 1: A little too bright, it all depends on how it ages (I 2 and rendering is not the same from one to the other), however, the contrast is adjustable so it is job done, even from a distance, or when you need a white cane.
- Button 1 output level: Very wide adjustment range, between that and all other levels of volume (preamp, volume range ect ...), there is little chance that you could not get out of its this little box.
- 1 output select button: to set the machine for the type of connection
- 1 button system: To set global settings, practice not to take all the settings in your patches once on stage. Each site has its sound, you can select one of three Equalizer corresponding to three "places"
- 1 button creation and editing sound: The EZ Tone boss system, convenient to draft a sound, but you still need to reach into the machine to get a nice result. However, the basic result is "safe" to the effects and remains largely convincing for a beginner.
- 4 buttons parameter to adjust what appears on the screen (on the main page of a preset: a + equalizer output level)
- 1 wheel: performs well to write the name of a patch with still less convenient virtual keyboard on a PC will all agree the above ^ ^.
- 9 effect buttons and 1 master button: In order, compression, overdrive / distortion, preamp, equalizer, FX1 (full effect as phaser, flanger ect ...) and FX2, Delay, Chorus, Reverb. Only to end up on Master which assigns full function in all directions, it is THE gasworks button.
- 1 tuner button activates the tuner
- Write one button to save the changes to a patch.
- Select Button 1: Who alternates between channels A and B to the preamp
- 1 Button Display mode: Who alternates the display mode
- 1 button exit: Who cancels an operation or return to the previous page.
- 4 pedals preset selection ctl + 2 + 2 to scroll through the banks and an expression pedal: So that's the theory, but is programmable and besides the manual mode.
Are you still there? Good for the back of the machine:
- 1 input jack 6.35, so for the guitar ;)
- 1 jack 6.35 Output L / mono and R For the amp or mixer
- 1 6.35 jack for headphones.
- 1 Ext Loop, so a send and return in 6.35
- 1 jack 6.35 amp control for controlling amp channels yours.
- 1 jack 6.35 Ext Pedal / Ctl 3 and 4: To add an expression pedal or two ctl for the machine.
- 1 USB jack: To connect to a PC (I tried to download other patches or set directly on the screen, but I always prefer to break me in two to tweak the machine to the ground, I'm a bit masochistic)
- 1 socket DIGITALOUT: Digital audio output (personal, never used)
- 2 MIDI IN / OUT jack: Programmer's patch change rather than typing in the foot, anyone?
- 1 POWER switch + DC IN: Yes, it must be nourished Little Miss.


So we will be clear (well, I'll try ^ ^): Either we take the quick sound creation and operation of the device type (and it may suit some, I'm not criticizing, it's just a way of approaching the subject. sounds But I still insist on pushing a little more research into selecting each effect independently).
Either you opt for the manual mode, or see better (in my opinion) a mix of both. The ctl2 is configured (it is important that other pedal yours convenience) to disable or enable the manual mode. This gives you the option (in manual mode) to enable or disable each effect independently through pedals 1-4 + 2 pedals bank (operation typically associated with only CTL1 and 2 in normal mode). Well I'll try not to spread myself too much on the technical or I'll write you a box, but to make clear: In manual with a good guitar and a good amp, all well thought out and set mode, a panel sounds very interesting at the end of his feet, all without loading tons are tons of patch one after the other (which quickly becomes problematic to navigate). I also recall that one can control the channels of the amp and have additional ctl, then what else?).

Little more than I like: set the ctl 1 to activate the tuner (more practical to look for press tuner, eventually you will see that it pleases) that mute the guitar input, which is used to change tranquillou scratch sputter without the amp.

Ps: I put 6 mainly because of ergonomic


That this is the best ... probably not. Distos may be a little light and FX dodgy for sure. It takes a long time to get some things correct, some sounds are more difficult to analyze and reproduce. For me, it's still okay but not exceptional, but it depends what type of wiring (2 or 4 wires) and the amp, which will give you renderings very diverse.


The main drawback of this device is that it requires a lot of knowledge, both in terms of everything that can be done on a conventional pedalboard, the management of the beast itself. It is therefore difficult to build its sounds, or give a good consistency in the operation of the whole, but I think this is a problem at all ^ ^ pedalboard.

What particularly bothers me about the gt10 is is that some may say: Held a gear on two hours of testing, it is downright arrogant. On the other hand, say that it is the best of the best having known that it is obscure all that is near and I think there's also a lot to learn too.

Made in the only valid judgment in my opinion is this: For less than 500 euros (at the time), we can find a system that offers more opportunity for the same price and the same quality? A system of independent pedal returns immediately (is by far) much more expensive, it leaves only competition from other multi effects and at the time (I have 4 years) I had not found equivalent compared to everything she could offer me. If I had to take, I probably would. But from the time I can not say I'm not attracted to any other type of equipment, which would allow me to have a more objective judgment ;)

Jackisover's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I loved ... I love it less."

Boss GT-10
Numerous effects, a very complete device, usable connected to a computer.


Configuration is not really simple. This machine is a gas plant, it takes real time to be able to know and use it well. I've never been able to operate even if only 75% of its potential. I see here a downside: too complex.


The effects are very good, you get sounds pretty original and can sometimes be very nice, unfortunately it is in this section that I see the biggest negative. Sounds are cold, dry, and nothing changes. We may have a wide variety of add effects, preamps always give the dry side which I personally find very annoying.


It's been a while since I played with this pedal, I'm used extensively on stage. It is very good for a certain type of use, I recommend for those looking for a warm and fat, a little vintage, and I recommend it to those who hope to renew their sound, modernized. Here's why today, I'll sell it to replace it with another pedal that better match my expectations. With experience, I would do that choice. It is important to pay attention to what was really looking forward to making a purchase of this award.

JohnnyG's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A pretty box complte"

Boss GT-10
What are the effects, or types of effects available? ca have different module:
Wah, Volume, Comp, distortion, EQ, noise gate (x2) preamp (x2), fx1, fx2, chorus, delay, reverb, and an external effect unit.
Found in the fx effects that are not within the category (type octave pitshift, ringmodulator etc. ....
The effects are editable via software NOT PROVIDED by boss (gt10fxfloorboard) but the edition are the gt10 sounds is not so complicated. just the app provides flexibility and can not bend 2 on his machine.
We are in COSM and connections were all that need: between jack, effects loop, stereo output, midi in & out, pc ....


the manual provides a lot of info, read in detail is a more certain (the details are valid whatever the mode of edtion, pc or on the machine. Nevertheless I prefer to do the edition from the software.


While most effects are effective except Octaver and guitar synth.
Modules must be considered as truly independent effects.
The big quesiton of distos and preamp: At the beginning I found that the GT10 was all that resselblaient saturation with just a different equalization but if worked with enough volume we feel the diffrence. I had the opportunity to compare with a Fender Mustang IV and models are the same level. The settings are sensitive enough, there is no need to move much of the eq preamp to feel the change.
The boss is way to connect to anything (input amplifier, sound, effects loop return .....) a use, which suits him better sound system and loop effect


It's been several years since I use it. I find the report rather good quality price.
It must be realized that the GT10 is like all the stuff: it tends to be a great sound that is at once by repeating does not work anymore especially if you bump with a different monitoring system (make a sound through headphones example and play on an amp)
This thing has the versatility to him. Now if you have special needs "simple" type I branch and I play with little effect, use a multi-effect will not be used and as much from an amp and a pedal or two.
If you want to increase the quality it will necessarily increase the price and go for example on a shaft.

tranxzepoq's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss GT-10
Regarding the number of nothing to say because everything you need is, my only regret the lack of delays just DIFFERENT (I had a DL4, then necessarily).

For the PC edition is possible but, I am THE black spot of the GT-10: lack of follow-up from BOSS. A fix every six months and no new side effects when about to lin6 I think it is more active PBC. The supplied soft presets for backup and its rotten and only a soft limit is completely filled by passions that gap: GT-10FxFloorBoard ( . So in the end it compensates, but I find this attitude rev limit and Passista from BOSS.

For connectivity there is everything you need but can be a Stereo effects loop.


The function is really EZtone trs easy to use, but I go Always my personal sounds from 0 by hand. The plot thickens it. Imbitables some menus without being its important to my taste a little hard daccès the menus.
APRS as almost everything is configurable and assignable options are standard. A little research found a wide topics on synthse with the GT-10. Well it's still a little too nerdz my taste, but it dmontre the flexibility of the machine (I do not think the HD500 or else do better on this point).

Another strong point is its switches. From my point of view is what is the best (I never click the AIM), and the ability rgler in the "momentary" is a more true.

What I like is the function outpout select, easily accessible. It adjusts the output of the GT-10 depending on what is in amplification (line input amp loop return ...) and automatically dappliquer the right kind of corrections to the sound is prs or just the same whether one is. For example, if the amp's studio is too typical or RPET it possde no feedback loop to bypass the pramp, I plugged into the table without fear. It's best to send her a return, and not to overload the facade.

Note that depending on the case recording via USB is subject to small glitches ...


I found everything I needed. The effects are trs own, not too much useless stuff. And lmulation trs amp is often good.


This multi purpose exudes srieux. The very air indestructible. I tried the pod X3 and there was no picture my taste. Now, compared to the HD500 and its new MODELS amp and routing is enough hsiter.
The boss and always better bti my taste for adventure, but pnalis by a support and possibility to upgrade void.

The end was a time I use it and I'm glad trs, but I would change little with the next gnration be home line6 if support is not progressing.

Abelkain's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss GT-10
Already detailed in other reviews ...
There's all the notes properly so I ...


Config "simple", should read a bit anyway ...
The manual is boss, half is useless ...
The ez tone, yeah, without comment, to the number of parameters I do not see the point to what looks good on the shot must be retouched later ...


For the effects it does not hurt, that's why I took it, connecting 4 cables with my head peavey ultra + ht or inserting my dual in the loop. Forget the wah, they are horrible compared to a real cry baby or even weeping in my ibanez.
Clean and crunch but rather flat power settings you get something pretty good and very readable, the distortion / od are ugly even if one or two reserve good surprises at all the same dynamics for the preamp ... I'm not even going to comment because the big words are banned ...
As said above it in the effects loop that stands out the best (or outdoors with a distal extra), the delay and reverb are relatively deep (do not use the spring reverb failing to obtain resonances dignent effect of a slice) chorus flanger etc. ... are goods and bring their grain.
He still tends to distort the sound of the amp a bit, adjusting output select is a ridiculous ... Have fun to go from one to another is like saying the MDR MIDI you switch from nasal to stuffed medium boss has forgotten that it is in the simplicity that gives the best compromise, the distal and ouput of ME25 are less invasive is the last straw ...
If that's your grain of its principal I recommend the line 6 which is well ahead of saturation in grain and other drives.
If it's for the effects welcome!
Forget the USB or direct recording output, c'test simply impossible to get a good rendering without fiddling for an hour or call on external plugin. My gear box is in front for a price of 50 Euros ... Shame ...


Two years of operation, it holds the road well and fulfilled its role.
I do it again this election (there is two years) because the effects are real, but value for money (for that I do not distos) settles the question ...
It is now obsolete, line 6 is the wedge, and if y 'means tc electronics is far above, there's also old Rocktron Prophesy who kill AAAHHHH!! or AAAAHHHHH ELEVEN RACK!!
I hate having 10 pedals in front of me with 10 to go in his manip solo overdubs, clear, rhythmic saturated, support ... etc. ... So yes it suits me more ...
It's your choice, whether it's versatility and not do anything with ....

Hacht's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss GT-10
See the descriptions available online ... Note: the loop S / R which allows you to use effects "4CM" (4 cables method: guitar input IN WG IN IN 1st group effects "send" to entry and therefore the amp preamp IN " send "the amp to" return "of WG IN second group of effects IN" return "of the amp).
In addition, you can assign this string to the left side of the stereo and send the right signal to another amp, through effects or not: the place of these is in fact fully customizable and the settings can get authentic stereo sound, including the "looper" (sampler) board. I record a rhythm often left on an amp and I play a solo on the right amp ... Or I read parts harmonized two amps at the same time ... GT10 only allows it from the products of this price range (POD X3L not developed in terms of the effects loop as I was able to account, and not giving RP1000 access to the stereo as far as I know).


As always with Boss, the manual is a model of inefficiency, based on the obvious and redundant. In contrast, the "easy" tone "directly accessible to the equipment will be very useful for beginners. Informed users discover their part that almost everything is customizable, with easy ... on (the transition from one screen to another was not obvious in all cases). I rather regret not having found many pots of WG8 on this model.


If they are correct, many effects are mostly convincing, with the eight guitars and six amps that I associated with them.
The machine seems to give the best of himself on amplifier tube if possible: provided that its high input / output are properly calibrated, it respects and honor the envelope dynamics of the original signal (my analog pedal in "true bypass" alters the sound so much I do not activate its input buffer, for example, the Zoom multi-effects I use Line6 or in parallel are not any better either).
Live console, it can provide but requires the addition of the side effects offsetting a priori very "generic" simulation (the "resonators" give such depth to the HP Virtual). I confess rather Line6 use to record, but more for convenience than anything else: the Boss is more dynamic and more responsive to changes in volume and tone on the guitar ...


I use the machine since its release, as I did before with the ME8, GT3, GT6 and GT8. In thirty years of practice, I could buy or try long many other things in recent years, many digital multi-effects and / or equipment modeling: POD.2, XT and X3L, Tonelab Desktop and LE, a Korg whose name is not for me, a photo, VOX DA amplifiers, Line 6 Spider Valve and Roland Micro Cube ... The GT10 is so far the heart of my "rig" stage because its flexibility is unbeatable.
The cliché that modeling amps "sound better" in other brands is true only if one does not go trials: like his predecessors and that the subject works with an open mind, the GT10 has the potential necessary to deliver realistic emulations in many configurations.
The commonplace according to which "it is digital and it sounds necessarily worse than the analog" deflates himself for who knows how to take and keep a minimum of critical distance: the GT10 does not sound notoriously " Digital "if it is set incorrectly (as in many factory patches, unfortunately).
Admittedly, my Cry Baby, Dynacomp, TS808, Big Muff, HT-Dual, phaser, chorus, and echo analog sound better than their clones in the GT ... but this difference is most noticeable on stage or even in a recording ... digital (and for good reason). I come and go between my analog pedal and the GT without one ever told me that my sound was too digital in the second case the results are actually very close.
Only criticism (though it is significant and can fuel many misunderstandings illustrated by some previous reviews) that the failure of its capacity for flexibility, the GT10 is still extremely difficult to resolve correctly in a given config. For most of the numerous parameters, the usable range is particularly narrow and does not illustrate what to expect the user to analog devices. Example among many: if the gain is mismanaged, the amp models produce an effect "Cocked Wah" (sound of a wah in a fixed position). We must develop strategies to overcome this defect, which it is hoped will be gone with the next GT.