Boss ME-70 Review | Where it stands in the multi effects world

Dec 19, 2010

Hello and welcome to my thought on yet another Boss multi effects unit in this Boss ME-70 review. I’m mostly going to go over some of the differences between the Boss ME-70 and two of the other Boss pedals I’ve reviewed, the ME-50 and GT-10 (make sure to check out those reviews as well). There is certainly a place for the Boss ME-70 though, regardless of its other Boss counterparts. The Boss ME-70 effectively bridges the gap between the other two, but with a few significant differences.

Vs. the ME-50:

There are a few differences between the Boss ME-70 and its little brother. The key physical difference would be the presence of a fourth pedal (plus wah/volume pedal). This makes a big difference when you’re using it in the stompbox mode. This mode is available in both pedals and allows you to use each pedal like its own effect, rather than using it as a memory bank to activate saved patches.

The main difference under the hood of this bad boy is use of COSM, or Composite Object Sound Modeling. This is a feature the Boss ME-70 borrowed from the GT-10. This effectively allows you to play through a ton of great amp models, ranging from a Marshall stack to a 60’s Fender tweed. This is provides a fairly significant range of tonal possibilities and in my opinion a worthwhile difference between the two.

There are other differences as well and one of the surprising ones is that the ME-50 actually has a few different effects than the Boss ME-70. They don’t necessarily have all the same effects.

Other significant features:

  • New phaser/looper feature with up to 38 seconds
  • EZ tone feature
  • More real time effects controls and dedicated knobs

Vs. the GT-10:

As I mentioned, the Boss ME-70 has something great in common with the GT-10, COSM. They also have the same core of effects. What the Boss ME-70 lacks in comparison to its big brother is the same level of customization. The Boss ME-70 can’t be modified quite as much as GT-10, so you sacrifice some flexibility there. With the ME-70 you get a lot more ease of use though and often that’s good enough. You have very comparable sound quality between the two, just slightly less ability to modify with the Boss ME-70.

In terms of physical differences between the Boss ME-70 and the GT-10, the Boss ME-70 lacks the bigger LCD display of the GT-10. This comes with the fact that the ME-70 is not quite as customizable, so you don’t need to see what you’re doing in as much detail. The GT-10 also has four more pedals, allowing for a larger memory bank and more control and ease when changing effects.

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The Bottom Line:

I hope this Boss ME-70 review has helped a bit. As you might expects, this pedal is suitable for anyone wanting more than what the ME-50 offers, something a little less complicated than the GT-10 or anyone one a budget between the two. Budget wise, the Boss ME-70 falls in at around $300, which is about $100 more than the ME-50 and $100 less than the GT-10. These are all worthwhile considerations, so which one is right for you?

Did this Boss ME-70 review help?  Played any of the these three pedals?   Please comment or ask questions if you have any of these pedals or have more questions about them.  I would be happy to respond with more information as well. For more info check out my:

Boss ME-50 review

Boss GT-10 review

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