Boss GT-001

Desktop guitar effects processor for electric guitar

  • Premium amps and effects including latest amp models
  • COSM amp models and MDP (multi dimensional processing) effects
  • Flexible amp- and effects routing via two effects chains
  • USB audio/MIDI interface with two internal ports for recording and re-amping (dry signal accessible)
  • Compatible with GT-100 sound patches
  • BOSS TONE STUDIO editor/librarian for Mac and Windows, as well as custom patches (available separately)
  • XLR microphone input with phantom power (specially designed effects patches for vocals and acoustic guitar)
  • AUX-in 3.5 mm mini-jack
  • Monophone guitar-to-MIDI conversion from guitar input
  • Jack for connecting an expression pedal or up to two footswitches for real time effects control
  • Powered by USB bus or power supply
  • Power supply included

Further Information

Design Desktop
Tube(s) No
Amp Modeling Yes
Effects Yes
Headphone Output Yes
Direct Out No
MIDI Interface Yes
Integrated Expression Pedal No
Connections for Pedals or Switches Yes
Aux-Input Yes
Integrated Tuner Yes
USB-Port Yes
Drum-Computer No
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Bundle of joy..
Chris2807, 03.02.2017
I have owned the Axe FX II, Kemper Rack, and now use the Line 6 Helix, which suits me best..
The Boss GT-001 is a long way from being in the same price bracket, but don't let that put you off..
Of course, the previously mentioned models, do have an overall superior sound quality, notably in the high frequencies, where they sound more detailed, natural, and more ' hi-fi ', but the GT-001 stands head & shoulders over everything in terms of ease of use and value for money..
There's a vast choice of quality effects, preamps, cabs, mics, etc, and the display is so easy to understand. At a glance, and a twist of a knob, you can see which effects you have chosen, which are active, and the order they're in.. and that's a lot of fun, because you can let your imagination go wild with this thing.. You have a parallel routing option, where you can use 2 different amp combos, left & right for example, and you can chain the effects however you like, by moving their positions within the chain, and all the editing is so easy to do, you hardly have to move your hand, as all the buttons and knobs are in easy reach.. I don't bother with the PC editor.. No need.
I've read a couple of fairly negative reviews, notably from Tony McKenzie, who's online in-depth and informative reviews I greatly appreciate, and enjoy, but I have to disagree with Tony on this one.. I also own the GT-100, so I can compare the two easily.. I feel he did not
give the GT-001 enough attention. You really need to do a bit of deep tweaking to get the very best sounds out of it.. Forget the factory presets, they're just a starting point, and another important aspect is that it really sweetens up after a couple of months of normal use..
If you're a young musician, short of cash, or just looking for a preamp / effects unit, I can recommend the Boss GT-001 without hesitation, particularly for home studio use.. It's a little box of magic, and you can get some wonderful sounds out of it..
It also has a mic input with phantom power, ( you need to choose that OR the guitar input, you can't have both..) it doubles as a sound card, comes with a downloadable PC editor, has connectors for external pedals or switches, and you hardly need to read the manual, it's so easy to use, solidly built, and above all, great FUN, all at an incredibly cheap price..
Even though I've got some more top end stuff, I still find myself reaching for the Boss as 1st choice, when songwriting.. It's ready to go in seconds and it takes no time to find approximately the sound you're after, the sounds are musically convincing, and the parameters are numerous with great depth. Download the manual for more details, & watch Alex Hutchins demo it on YouTube..
Complaints.? I haven't really got any.. What more could you want at this price..? Brilliant.!
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Nifty little GT100 for the bedroom guitarist
Retribution, 05.01.2019
I have been using Boss GT-8, GT-10 and GT-100 purely for amp and effects modelling via electric guitar, and as recording interface. The problem was they took up half the space on my work desk. They are meant to be used on stage, taken from venue to venue, dropped, used as weapon in bar fights and controlled via pedals and external pedals.

Then you get the GT-001. No difference in effects and sound quality whatsoever between the GT-001 and the GT-100 which I have owned before. You miss the LOOP, but you don't need a petty 14 second loop when you are using the device as a recording interface and can loop all you want on your DAW (Reaper, Cubase, Logic.)

It lacks the large double LCD, but you use Boss ToneStudio for everything. The LCD is a cute little bonus for when you want to take your guitar and the lightweight GT-001 outdoors, use a 100.000mAh smartphone powerbank to power the GT-001 via usb, and play in the woods.

It also has bonuses! You get the XLR input so you don't need an extra maudio or cakewalk recording interface for your vocals. Just plug in, download a vocal patch on Boss Tone Central and record your vocals through the GT-001. It saves so much space (large GT-100 and a recording interface), and so much money (Fraction of the price of those).

The PC/MAC drivers always have problems though. You have to read forums, restart your computer and disable some license/digital signing protections in order to be even install the USB Driver. But once you do that, you don't need this again.

I take my mahogany Jackson SL2 (Mick Thomson), my Macbook and GT-001 to coffee shops, set my recording setup on a small coffee table, and record guitars when the neighbours are noisy. It's THAT mobile.

As for patches, I just use good patches I have found on Boss Tone Central made by famous musicians, and don't spent too much time tweaking my own. Switching between patches is a bit troublesome for me, so I just use a set of four, and access them via the four mini buttons on the device.
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