Boss GT-3
Boss GT-3

GT-3, Multi-Effects for Electric Guitar from Boss in the GT series.

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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 22 reviews )
 11 reviews50 %
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 1 user review5 %
Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent

mooseherman's review"Not worth it's relatively low price"

Boss GT-3
This is a multi-effects pedal made by Boss. I don't know why I ever bought it, to be honest. I was young, I guess, is my only excuse. There are two 1/4" connections, a direct out, and a MIDI out. It is 100% digital. This pedal can be edited with MIDI though I don't really do that much at all, so I can't comment on how well it works compared to other pedals with this feature. It doesn't really need it so much as there are presets available on the pedal.


The one cool thing about this pedal is that it's pretty great to use if you put some time into programming it. There are 4 presets that are available by simply pressing the corresponding switch on the board. There are also two other switches that can be programmed to make other changes, like triggering specific effects. Last but not least, there is an expression pedal which can be used to adjust the effects settings in real time.


This pedal has very bad sound quality, in my honest opinion. I try to see the good in pedals, even if they aren't suitable for my taste, but I just find that this pedal doesn't really have any sounds that are good. The wah-wah effect is really weak, anemic, and boring. The chorus and flanger effects are really bad at coloring the tone badly, and the effects don't really cut through the mix. The distortions are god-awful, to be honest, as is to be expected of digital distortions. Only the delay is tolerable, and even then, it's digital, which will not be a good bet for fans of analog.


While the interface is great, and it's easy to switch between effects and to adjust them with the expression pedal, I really do not think that this pedal is worth it for anybody except maybe a beginner who has no effects. Some people just play for the fun of it, and aren't that worried about tone, but for anybody who takes tone remotely seriously, this pedal (along with many others like it) are not going to be appealing. I know that there are other guys who disagree, but being a studio musician as well as a recording engineer (and therefore seeing it from both angles), I happen to think that these multi-effects pedals are a perfect example of quantity far outweighing quantity. As someone who performs live, I can see that the tone simply doesn't do my playing justice, and I don't think that anybody should buy a pedal that makes them sound worse than they are.

myriam63660_en's review

Boss GT-3
- a great bunch of effects


- Présets configuration is really easy. There's is also an EZ edit for even more quickness.
- The LCD screen and the effect chain diagram are well designed: in one look you see the active effects


- classic effects are ok, but it seemed to me that they sounded différent than the boss pédals.
- you can also find some "exotic" effects like the feedbacker, accoustic simulator etc. Some of them are cheap and some are really interesting (like the accoustic simulator used with the pickup simulator)
- Hated the "tube heads distorsions simulators", sounded thin and lifeless to me (Probably my fault: at that time i connected the GT3 in front of a transistor amp but didn't set the 3 band EQ as the manual advice)


- been using it for 2 years
- clearly designed for live applications, built like a tank.
- a cool all-in-one multifx, cheap nowadays

MGR/Anonymous's review"Boss GT-3"

Boss GT-3
Paid $225 on ebay.

What's not to like? It's loaded with great features and it sounds fantastic.

I didn't care for the manual. It just didn't explain things clearly enough for me to start using it effectively right away. Big learning curve.

It's built very well with a strong metal casing not cheesy plastic like some other multi-effects manufacturers.

Overall, I should have waited a while and just got a POD. Most of my playing is done while recording and although you can get a decent signal from this, there's nothing like a POD.

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myriam63660's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss GT-3
All the usual boss effects pedals and broken down into the multi-effect together.
- Affordable, experience BOSS.


- Simple, visual effects we see active in the blink of an eye and the screen is nice
- Editing is easy
- Manual light


- The effects are the classic BOSS effects pedals ... effects already experienced.
- The classical effects are good ... As for cons effects "in experimentation" = often very uneven ... I found however that the simulator microphones coupled with the acoustic simulator could catch up so interresting sound punchy guitars too ...
- Some sound effects give too little, not flattering at all: in the case of distortions and almost all modelers.
- For clean sounds it's no problem


- Used 3 years
- I love the aesthetics of the device and its design-oriented live
- Good value for money.

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

Boss GT-3
Multi-purpose digital modeling COSM
all classical effects are available (chorus, reverb, delay, ...) but others can make the most original sounds downright (the slicer coupled with self-riffeur and an auto-wah, all in the past "ring" will give you a perfect imitation of the seal that revels in the morning).
midi controllable
many presets, amp modeling and more memory to integrate its own preset


Usage is very simple
you can set all parameters possbile imaginable and even fly with the pedal.


Base effects are good (chorus, delay, reverb) and it has enough fun with all other effects.
on the other hand for fans of tube amps (which I am one), we can not use the saturation on pain of being seriously hurt the ears (transistorized all goes !!!!)!
Pay special attention to setting levels of effects if we do not want to spoil the sound "All Tube" because the multi-effect tendency to remove the low and mid-bass and you end up with a sound flat and frankly unpleasant.


To play a sound, it will be great for those who like but I recommend to those who play on all lamps.
The effects are very good and original but I do not use them at all, so for the same price, it is better to buy the good old analog pedals from the same brand (in the effects loop and wah wah live).

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

Boss GT-3
While the full effects of the simulators of eq reverb delay ...
easily editable
Input connectors GTR jack outputs L and R 6.35, Midi, headphone mini jack


Manual with very clear sounds of factories recap
easy configuration except perhaps for the audio channel


Effects effective by the presets cons are very uneven (like the preset soldano comp looks like a park 10W ...!)
I use it with my guitar directly into the soundcard of my PC

C when not even a POD .... the sound is in deca ...


Use at least 2 years
I like the simplicity of the machine phasers (reggae pot ...)
not at all like the slight lag in the pitch-1oct !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Value for money: I would buy again if cta a pod (not even pro)