Boss GT-5
Boss GT-5

GT-5, Multi-Effects for Electric Guitar from Boss in the GT series.

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MGR/PJ's review"Boss GT-5"

Boss GT-5
I got my boss GT-5 in thoma okaze, down in Ghent (Belgium). I was looking for a multi effect processor and this one was a second handed one for only €325.

Well if you have the right combination you can have the most clean sounds ever, without any zooming on the background. The offering of pre-programmed sounds is huge and a lot of fun. You can have everything from a funky sound to the perfect imitation of a Marshall 1959 head with a slight OD. I really like those old rock overdrives and distortions and there are a lot of them too! You won't have to worry the sounds won't fit you, there will some you don't like, but most are very decent.
It also has a very nice tuner. You can find almost every function of the little pedals packed and stacked in this one.

Well sometimes the thing jams (very rarely though) and i haven't figured out yet why
Also when you buy this kind of thing second handed, please ask if they still have the manual, or else it won't be easy.

I think every pedal that boss had ever made is very solid, you can't even break the 'lil ones and especially not the GT-5

If you like effects and freaky sounds, this one has got it all, also for the old rock 'n rollers : the "Jimmy Hendrix" sound and the "Beatle" sound is on it too.

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MGR/Nicholas E. Berndt02/08/2002

MGR/Nicholas E. Berndt's review"Boss GT-5"

Boss GT-5
Bought this unit at Guitar Center in Covina, Calif. I first played through one at band
practice, after the bass player's brother brought it over to try it out. I had to have one.
I paid the full $600.

The versatility was beyond my expectations. Some may complain about the unit
not being capable of warm, true tube-like tones, but for me, it had all the sound and
responsiveness I could have wanted. The JC-120 preset was almost perfect. Great
swirling chorus tone. Throw single-effect pedals into the effects loop, and you can
dial up any tone you can, or even, can't imagine. Everyone in our band loves the thing.
Line it straight into the mixer, and you're good to go. Even the acoustic simulator
seems to sound pretty good, since most of those units are hopeless to my ears.

Editing the presets can become cumbersome. Keep the manual. You will need it.
Navigating through all the buttons can get tedious and might start to get
confusing. I have never tried the MIDI features, so I don't know how that would work.
Figuring out how to set the wah pedal to to it's job was difficult, if not impossible
in some cases.

All-metal chassis has stood up to my stomping, which is a good thing since I weigh
about 300 lbs. The input level pot needs to be cleaned or replaced, since it has
developed a few dropout spots. Still, an easy repair.

I have'nt gone through all the presets yet, so I am still unaware of all it's sonic
capabilities. So far the unit has performed admirably. I have used it to record a few
demos, and no one has mentioned any flaws in the guitar's tone or sound.

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MGR/a barr11/22/2001

MGR/a barr's review"Boss GT-5"

Boss GT-5
Bought for $400 used to replace my less-than-adequete digitech rp-12. In particular I wanted better light overdrive sounds and better quality effects than the rp-12 could give

External effects loop! I can throw whatever pedal I want into the effects chain.

Programable effects order - add delays before distortion if you want, wah after distortion, etc ... any effect can be put

Boss also gives you a lot of flexibility with the EQ ... EQ settings are found in the amp simultar effect, in place of a modulation effect and as a global effect ... all very useful for what they were intended for (emulating an amp sound, sculpting the sound, and compensating for you amp/PA set up).

They also gave a lot of different phaser sounds, but since I'm not a phaser guy I can't really comment on how useable they all are.

Another appreciated addition is a trim knob next to the guitar input ... so I apply a hot signal from a mixer, or various guitar instrument levels without adjusting effects volumes.

Lots of gimmick effects like ring modulation that over 99% of the people who buy this will never use. Also the wah is *very* weak - it has no 'roundness' to it at all, it just sounds very dead.

The preamp/amp simulator is very bad by today's standards as well... you can't get crunchy metal sounds, warm tube amp sounds, or much useful in between. What you can get are very sterile, solid state sounding distortions ... think Boston.

They left out a 6 or 8 voice chorus too, so I have to stick my old boss chorus ensemble pedal in the fx loop :(

The case is metal, and seems pretty rugged. The pedals also feel like they're not going anywhere.

If you don't use lots of wah, and you already have a nice sounding amp this should give all the effects and flexibility you will need. But if you're like me (playing through small practice amps and PA systems), this will not give nice organic tube-ish guitar sounds.

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

Boss GT-5
T says it all


Setup is simple once you understand the principle, but it is not easy because of the "menu / submenus and the old rocker that I do not have!

The manual is comprehensive but frankly not very explicit, particulirement possibilities for branching volume pedals / contrle external MIDI control and that allows cell.

I use it in mthode "4 wires", this subject you can put all the effects o you want before, or after the loop: so everything is possible.


N'tant not a fan of multi-effects, but many of my old sr GP8, I have no such purchase prdisposait: finnalement and is a favorite that I have a friend from bothering APRS sell me his test. Obviously he did not want that big marmoset but few hours later I was in business for 130 fdp on the internet ...

Small precision all the same: I do not use the function Pramper nor simultaneous HP ... well I tried but I found frankly dgueu:)

The compressor / limiter, although a coat so warm as the GP8 is very effective I used to saturate the clean channel of my classic, and so I get a very nice warm crunch without shaking the walls.
There is a distortion that I love: OD vintage distortion, "which perfectly UNESCORecords channel saturated my vintage 30
I admit as much fun with the "slow gear": to erase the super attack mdiator did approach the fluidity of his Allan Holdsworth (I said: close:))
The Dealy sounds very good (well as insert sr), and the tap is handy
Chorus / Flanger is not bad but not too cold ... more ... numrique what!
The Harmonizer ragit very well and therefore I allow myself a few forays into the 80s thanks to him, on the other hand not hot enough to make use of octaves ... but I find j 'silent too used my old boss probably 0C2.
Synths, if you're lucky enough to find the right rglages of sensitivity can PROVE very nice, and I use them more often than I would have imagined .. perfect for the old jazz rock very fat!
The reverb is trsdcevante cons, she works well (haha) but Reveals the limits of processing power of the camera: prfrez him a small tip Lexicon Alex, you'll gain in class:)
The acoustic simulator is going to say recess, innutilisable ...


I use it now for 10 months, ILM is part of my set, much to the astonishment of my friends and the public sometimes surprised to hear a vintage sound and c'te bebte see my feet!

In addition to the possibility of enormous contrle MIDI, and you can very well connect two external contleurs plus two of the unit, assign what you want and control Ableton Live by example ....

The standard black dot, and I never understood how they could dare to have is the absence of Controller ls to change channels from the amp ... something so practical and simple DCID they override this stuff ... well ..... silent on my GP8 presents dj in 1789 .... the voices are impn engineer for Trablit.

Since there is no ideal pdalier, like this some very good effects and great possibilities of contrle yes I would do this choice.

Waiting for the MPX-G2)

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

Boss GT-5
Digital Multi effect including the classic (distortion, compressor, delay, reverb, phaser, etc..), And less traditional (harmonizer, ring modulator, slow gear, kind of a gradual increase in the volume and feedback that is aptly named ).

The patches are usually recoverable and editable via MIDI, but the editor only works with certain versions of firmware and did not work with mine. Regarding the MIDI, the GT offers an opportunity to control an external MIDI controller that can tamper with the live sound by hand (I used a PhatBoy mounted on a mic stand, it allowed me to tinker with the sounds and Larsen directly down without me).

Side connections is simple, it comes in mono, it comes out in stereo or mono. The stereo and really means you can play with it, which is not true of all multi-effects and it's good.

Multipédales format is classic, special mention for the all-metal body and the general construction of the machine, no special mention for the jog wheel has a tendency to break down.


Simple configuration in all, once before the logic of the machine. A really excellent feature is that you can chain effects in the order you want to put the reverb-like BEFORE the distortion to the true ;-) For mashed against the parameters are accessible only via a sub menu where value is adjusted with the jog wheel, not very user friendly.

The manual is ben boss, what, it's 100 pages, it summarizes everything and you do not need a quarter of the information provided.


The distos are amazing for a digital multi. I who love grains serious drooling, I came out with interesting textures, particularly because of the possibility of chaining to the request that I mentioned above. Well, it obviously does not imitate your fat Mesa everything thoroughly with your good old DOD death metal before, but not for that either. The amp simulation seems to be a joke, but I would say the same for all simulations then should not rely too probably :-)

the point of super-strong GT5 are the bizarre effect: I used to death on reverse delay, flanger feedback and to make strange noises that would not be ashamed Accelera Deck. Do not look the type to experience Sonic Youth, not the type "I give the impression of using a synth, but it's not a guitar ".... Really a great tool for those who like to mess with a mail-like guitar.


I got five years and I did not do the trick. I sold it because I had more room to put it and since I sold almost the price I had bought it, it's one of the best purchases I've made. I had plenty of multis low-end (with whom I was the same as the GT) and a host of pedals. Just remember that the price of a secondhand gt is that of a poor zoom-machin-korg digitech all plastic that sounds rotten / flattering and that will be outdated next week.

The large black dot is in the editing via menu, not easy in itself and further complicated by the μ *$¤%£ jog wheel when she kidding.

The big big big highlight is the oddities that can leave the bug using the chaining and the strange effects that I mentioned.

Well, I do not like bosses in general, since it's style to say this, it sounds cold and digital, blah (as if a POV 'pedal to 100 euros could give the lamp a grain engl). I can not repeat what I've seen more choices instead of putting it, but I'm so broke that I can with the counselor.

joe.cocs's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss GT-5
See below


Frankly after 3 or 4 hours of testing, I am very impressed because it's sturdy (steel frame, pedals easily accessible), the effects are very numerous, although some seem strange, they have a very made good.

I use it only on an amplified table (see stuff in my profile) and frankly it sonnnnnnnne, with a small scraper electric beginner.


The effects are realistic, however, certain volumes or effects are so different notament when we change banks, attention ears!!

I is not had time to make me a very clear idea of ​​the effects I preferr or not, I have since yesterday, I tested a 1 / 2 day.


I do connai a multi effect pedal forward, that of a friend (peavey) that is associated with the amp with a RJ45 cable, which impressed me, but with GT5 and the price I paid a small music store argus burgundy, I'm very happy, except perhaps my wife, who listens to me when I say, and of a sudden yesterday, we entered a world of music ... .....

narwutus84's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss GT-5
The full effects yen as they are told .. t dja
the effects are editable in manual or parch in branchan on pc


The configuration is repulsive for a beginner once masi quon the little hand is to do everything
we just put in the order in effect means that as lon with lots of pedals


The effects are trs good, you have to like my boss jadore!
we have all the pedals, the metal zone, OD1 ds1 flanger, boss what all nosie gate! foot total!


Buy cheap trs dokaz not too long ago a case okaz c I find it better now that the gt-6 distortion are beaucouop mieu!
just be there as the new GT-8 is masi mieu the price is something else!
quality price ratio 10/10
Photo c is not at all good for those who know orgy, the scratch is using this pedal, unless quil is chang c trs good stuff that costs to the skin of the ass!

Spawn-X's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss GT-5
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- What are the effects or types of effects available?</span> See Product Specifications.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- What technology is used? (Analog, numrique, lamp ...)</span> Numrique: A / D 22bit surchantillonn foisN 128 / A 18BIT surchantillonn 16 times
Frquence of Sampling: 44.1kHz
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- Are they ditables? Via an editor Mac / PC?</span> For PC yes, but be careful because depending on the version of the GT-5 firmeware, communication with some publishers do not pass.
MAC, I do not know.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)</span>
Again, the technical enough. But good. Midi Guitar Duo + Input (-10dBm / 1MOhm) + Return (-10dBm / 100kOhm) + Send (-10dBm / 2kOhm) + Output Left (mono) / Right (+4 dBm / 2kOhm).
To be complete, we can say that the dynamic range according to the manufacturer is 105dB or more (IHF-A).
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- Is this a rack or rack MODEL?</span> The photo says it all m ^ m. But it can be prciser the GX-700 silent sold as ant Rack version of the GT-5.


<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- The configuration gnrale is it simple?</span> Pass the stage of learning to bte he rvle trs effective in terms of programming. Prs custom settings are not the m ^ m on the effects pedals versions equivalents of the brand which does not too dpayse users pedals.
However, keep in mind that if on some paramtres gradus of 0100, the REPRESENTATIVES 50 the focus of the equivalent pedals, it is not always the case on every parameter.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- The edition of sounds and effects is it easy?</span> Yes, it is also enjoyable for the possibility of second mmoriser few prrglages (average 5 by operation ) it is possible to store and recall as you see fit in any patch. In other words, plutt than having dozens of rgler paramtres to get the effect that is often used.
Very practical after all.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...</span> No worries of this view, as long as we possde least logical)


<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- The effects are they effective, suitable and adequate ralistes Yes,</span> mostly. In contrast, pramplis are not what is softer or more convincing. I used my GT-5 for several years directly connected to a power amp and a 1x12 cabinet. "And it is clear that it was sorely lacking warmth and dynamic ct pramp . However, the effects, for their part are plutt correct, efficient and enjoyable. In any case, they are so they will appreciate the color Roland / Boss, as they are all m ^ m enmpreints enough of that identity.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- Which instruments do you use?</span> Guitars and Basses.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- What are those you prfrez, you dtest?</span> That I prfre?? Euuh ... All ...


<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- How long have you use it?</span> About 7 years.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- What is the particular feature you like best and least?</span> The +: Chaining effects fully editable, the effects loop can also be plaeo we see fit.
The -: Only two expression pedals for making supplmentaires. AIM I have at least twice.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?</span> In the era, offering the most plthorique n'tait not in competition. But I had to test and also in Zoom Boss.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- How do you report qualitprix?</span> Plutt good, but the era, he stood at all m ^ m quite expensive (about 6000 balls) while its small ERRF (GT- 3, 6, and more rcement, 8) are much more affordable. But I did not regrtt.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ...</span> Yes, but my needs have changed. I'm working on a system Submitted by Rack and I sell my GT-5. But ... It is only to replace it with its latest small ERRF, the magnificent GT-Pro
la reune01/11/2004

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

Boss GT-5
The boss gt5 is a multi effects pedalboard together many boss pedals and an amp simulation and hp. effects are available: feedback / slowgear, compressor / limiter, wah, distortion, equalizer, delay, chorus, tremolo / pan, reverb. There is also a section where you can choose between any of these effects (and yes only one, the problem comes first!) Harmonizer, flange, phase, sub equalizer, short delay, humanize, ring modulator, tremolo, acoustic guitar simulator , guitar synth.
Also, there is a loop insertion FOR A distortion, but you can put what you want BECAUSE chain of effects is placed in the order desired ...


Frankly I have been slow to understand everything, but because I am a lazy and dirty that it took six months before I open the record and come to me the holy revelation! Damn but it of course! ... Basically you have to force a little to eat anything during the manual .... 2 hours while a break! And we control the multi purpose. The manual is very clear. Boring but very clear. Editing sounds is easy. And general configuration that can impress a novice, is quickly extinguished.


The effects section has merit. We find the sound of the boss pedals. At least in terms of classic effects. The inverse delay is almost unusable because of a "click" that keeps coming with each repetition. When the effects crazy guitar synth as the same. Do not think having a synthesizer in buying this gt5 ... in this area is really quality "Gadget".
That said not much was said about the other effects that are mostly of high quality and flexible as desired.
Maybe a bad note for the compressor but what effect has a multi compressor worthy of the name?
As for the amp simulation ... What about ...? He took a shot of old I think. It is better to see what gt5 like a very good multi effects and go elsewhere with regard to the preamp and simulation hp. Not that bad to be away from, but we are still not in the presence of a quality that can offer a pod or better ... a real tube amp!
So here I note the sound quality of effects ... I do not care about the amp simulation.


I use this gt5 for 4 years, it allowed me to tame all kinds of effects. The effects are almost all very good. To me the amp simulation and hp is now over.
The quality / price was just at the time ... I would do certainly this choice elsewhere. But at the time! ... Today I look rather for the pod but this is due to my personal evolution, I attach more importance to the quality of the sound effects as such.
I recommend it to all those who already have an amp or a good simulator and who want to use tons of effects of quality.

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

Boss GT-5
Pdalier floor with expression pedals intgre. Many effects (feedback, compressor, simulators and speaker amplifiers, distos, chorus, flanger .... in short the total). Possibility to connect to the south of pc for transfers (in sense 2). Very practical to store a large number of rglages download on internet or CRER a backup presets without breaking the head.


Simple enough rgler (there are for each pRSET effects, and helps in the beginning). however, is more tedious to look for his trs prcis (some rglages range from a value of 0 in 1800, and can increase only incremented by 1, which is quite tiring). But the manual is clear trs, and is responsible for many of the effects of each dcrire rglage on his gnral. A good point!


My guitar is a Cort X2 (who said that the guitars sounded bad balls in 2000? The comfort of the game is certainly less than the guitars more expensive, but it is well dj trs), and I place in a rack amp (Marshall 8008) and a Hiwatt 4x12 cabinet (SE4123). The amp simulations ragissent like real amps: turning down the volume knob, you get crunchy sounds wish (Hendrix, SRV ...). But Fast Fashion distos of the most violent possible, even if the saturation trs trs modern savages are Submitted, but there are ways to approach it without flinching. The only weak point is that the sound with headphones trs fuzzy (but it is not intended for use headphones). The distos sound good, but I see myself all the time forced HP to enable the simulator, otherwise the sound quickly becomes dirty trs. I told him just adding a V-amp 2 for simulation models, and it is a duo from hell. A good place also for the chain of effects, where one can manipulate the order of desire in the effects loop. Once you know how to use, you can have the sound which rve.


I use it for 1 year dj and I test many pdaliers rcents (Boss GT6, GNX3 ...) and it does not weaken. The Wha wha trsraliste has a grain, and only the type of distortions mtal have a quality of its limit. For nothing wrong against its clean. a Russianness!