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BOSS GT-10 Guitar Effects Processor

The digital effects floorboard is a product that Japanese manufacturer BOSS innovated 20 years ago, and one that represented an obvious ideal for the electronics-dependent guitarist. A digital multi-effects floorboard is tidy, can be powered via a single A/C adapter, and is nearly all-inclusive in regards to the array of effects a gigging or recording player should need: distortions, choruses, flanges, delays; they’re all there, with a slew of one-off timbres that provide hours of exploration and plenty of giggles. The days of stringing together analog stompboxes, hauling around tape delays and rotary speakers, tangling stereo cables and having batteries go dead during the big gig seemed to be over. Not quite.

Trying to convince a devotee of stompboxes-whether mass-produced gems like those offered by BOSS or hand-soldered, all-analog boutique pedals-to replace their hard-earned rig with even the best digital rack- or floor-mounted processor is a lost cause; it’d be like telling a guitar addict to play just one ax. Stompboxes have an organic, tactile usability and analog effects boast a room-slicing presence and vintage warmth-there’s no denying that. But there’s also no reason why every well-rounded arsenal can’t harbor something like BOSS’ latest, greatest multi-effects floorboard, the GT-10; for recording, for tones that aren’t worth buying more pedals to dial in, for rehearsals and gigs where a digital amp model will suffice for the real thing, for sheer sonic inspiration. It’s a remarkable machine. Here’s why:

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