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BOSS Unveils EURUS GS-1 Electronic Guitar



BOSS announces the EURUS GS-1 Electronic Guitar, an inspiring new instrument for modern guitarists. The EURUS concept presents a bold creative path for adventurous sonic explorers, expanding the traditional guitar experience with powerful and expressive BOSS technologies.

Born from this breakthrough approach, the EURUS GS-1 infuses a premium instrument premium instrument with advanced guitar synthesis technologies refined over more than four decades. The guitar also features onboard Bluetooth, allowing players to customize synth sounds and control multiple performance parameters with the convenience of wireless connectivity.

The EURUS GS-1 fully leverages BOSS’s vast expertise in guitar technology bring endless musical possibilities to forward-thinking players. Crafted in Japan with pro-quality details and components, the instrument provides smooth playability and top-quality sound for any guitar style. And with the flip of a switch, players can engage a polyphonic BOSS synth engine to access a stunning analog-flavored sounds to launch their music into a new dimension.

The synth engine of EURUS GS-1 delivers exceptional sonic quality and natural touch response realized through 40-plus years of BOSS guitar synthesizer development. The six onboard memories come filled with ready-to-play sounds, and there’s a synth control knob for hands-on dynamic expression. Every synth sound seamlessly responds to normal guitar techniques, with no latency or triggering issues to disturb the musical flow.

Using the free GS-1 Editor app for iOS and Android mobile devices, players can fully customize synth sounds over Bluetooth. May different synth types and variations are available for crafting sounds, along with tone, resonance, and other adjustable parameters. In addition, a range of target parameters can be assigned to the guitar’s synth control knob and favorite sound combinations and be saved for quick loading before performances.

The EURUS GS-1 has a stylish offset body design and a slim-profile, 24-fret neck with a compound radius fretboard for playing comfort. High-performance Gotoh hardware delivers smooth tremolo action and solid tuning stability with a two-point fulcrum bridge and staggered-height locking machine heads. Custom designed for the EURUS GS-1, the two humbucking pickups provide wide-range tone plus split-coil voicing at two stops of the five-way switch.

The newly released EV-1-WL Wireless MIDI Expression Pedal is a powerful creative partner for the EURUS GS-1, bringing cable-free external control to the synth engine via Bluetooth. With the GS-1 Editor, parameters such as pitch bend, hold, filter depth, and more can be assigned to the EV-1-WL’s pedal, toe switch, and up to two external footswitches. Each sound can contain its own set of assignments, allowing players to preform octave bends on a synth lead, slow filter sweeps on a pad sound, and nearly anything else they can dream up.


BOSS Announces CUBE Street II Battery Powered Amplifier



BOSS announced CUBE Street II, a battery powered stereo amplifier for mobile music performers and anyone who needs high-quality sound on the go. Evolved from the best-selling Roland CUBE Street – and newly rebranded with the BOSS name – the compact CUBE Street II features two input channels for mics and instruments, onboard effects, looper, and harmony functions, and more.

The amplifier also includes support for the optional BOSS Bluetooth Audio MIDI Dual Adaptor (BT-DUAL), a new product that allows users to wirelessly stream backing tracks and control CUBE Street II functions with a dedicated app for iOS and Android mobile devices.

First introduced in 2007, the groundbreaking Roland CUBE Street was an instant hit among mobile musicians. Offering a high-quality, battery-powered sound solution for street gigs and other intimate performing situations, it quickly became a mainstay in the busking world and continues to be used daily by performers everywhere.

In 2014, the series expanded with the CUBE Street EX, a more powerful and feature-rich model for larger audiences. Starting with the CUBE Street II, all newly developed products in the CUBE Street series will carry the BOSS brand name.

CUBE Street II is even lighter and more durable than its predecessor, thanks to a modern ABS injection-molded cabinet design. The output has also been doubled, providing 10 total watts of loud and clean stereo sound to cut through street traffic, train arrivals, and other noise challenges on the gig. In quieter situations, users can engage Eco mode to reduce the power and extend battery life.

With two ultra-versatile input channels, CUBE Street II supports all types of musicians and performers. The Mic/Instrument channel features a combo act for either an XLR balanced mic or an instrument such as a keyboard or Roland’s Aerophone. Equipped with a standard 1/4 inch jack, the Guitar/Mic channel provides plug-and-play sound for guitarists with seven acoustic and electric amp types, as well as settings for a line-level instrument or unbalanced mic.

CUBE Street II also includes many great features to take performance to the next level. Each channel provides three-band EQ and reverb, and there’s a chorus/delay effect on the Guitar/Mic channel. An automatic harmony function allows users to create impressive vocal harmonies based on the guitar chords they play or a preset key, and there’s also a built-in looper for creating backing tracks on the spot.


BOSS Announces HM-2W Heavy Metal Pedal



BOSS announced the HM-2W Heavy Metal, the latest in the growing lineup of Waza Craft pedals that recreate classic BOSS designs with detailed craftsmanship, premium components, and extended features. Based on the HM-2 Heavy Metal pedal from the 1980s, the HM-2W delivers the true analog sound of the original in all its glory, coupled with numerous modern refinements for enhanced performance.

Produced from 1983 to 1991, the BOSS HM-2 Heavy Metal is a legend in the history of distortion pedals. Its signature “chainsaw tone” with all knobs maxed is the defining voice of Swedish death metal music, and the slightly milder sides of its personality can be heard on tracks from mainstream to shoegaze. 


Over time, the pedal’s uniquely aggressive sound and focused midrange have become highly sought after by players around the world. After years of requests from hardcore HM-2 fans, BOSS is pleased to reintroduce the iconic stops three decades later in special Waza Craft edition.

Like all WAZA Craft models, the HM-2W features selectable modes for different sounds. BOSS engineers have also added audio performance improvements without affecting the original tone, including reducing the noise floor and expanding the maximum level by 3 dB. The HM-2W features a premium Waza Craft buffer as well, providing improved sound when the pedal is bypassed.

When the HM-2W is in Standard mode, the tone and response of the original HM-2 pedal is reproduced with 100-percent authenticity. Cranking every knob all the way up delivers the genuine sound of Swedish death metal, and users can conjure a wide range of tones for other styles with the sensitive distortion and color controls.

The HM-2W’s Custom mode offers a similar sound character to Standard mode, but with just a little more of everything. The drive state has more gain and includes more of the fundamental guitar sound for extra attack and sharpness. In addition, the low and high-mid characteristics have been tweaked for increased fullness and definition.

Along with the vintage HM-2 sound, BOSS has captured the original pedal’s distinctive orange and black appearance, right down to the size and position of lettering on the panel. And while the mode switch on most Waza Craft pedals is positioned on the face, it’s been moved to the top of the HM-2W to preserve the layout from the HM-2.


BOSS Releases Two Anniversary Pedals



BOSS announced the release of limited edition anniversary versions of the SD-1 Super Overdrive and MT-2 Metal Zone, two of the longest-running and most popular models in the company’s leading lineup of compact effect pedals. The SD-1-4A celebrates 40 years of continuous production, while the MT 2-3A celebrates 30 years. Each pedal features a black body with unique styling and will be available throughout 2021 only.

In 1977, the introduction of BOSS’s legendary compact pedal series forever changed the landscape of stompbox effects for guitarists, bassists, and other musicians. Famous for their great sound, rugged durability, and timeless design, BOSS compact pedals have been loved by everyone from casual hobbyists to rock icons performing on the biggest stages, and it’s difficult to find a player who hasn’t owned one or more throughout their musical life.

To date, there have been over 125 unique compact pedal models produced and more than 17 million units sold. The current lineup includes nearly 60 models, from effects like overdrive, distortion, chorus, delay and reverb to tuners and other utility pedals.

Many BOSS compact pedal models have been continuously produced for multiple decades, and the SD-1 Super Overdrive and MT-2 Metal Zone are two of the most revered. Scores of innovative and trendsetting guitarists across all genres have adopted these pedals for their core tones and used them to create some of the most popular and influential music of all time.

Introduced way back in 1981 – the same year that MTV launched and mass-market personal computers began to take off in large numbers – the SD-1 Super Overdrive has remained a players’ workhorse for four decades strong. Its distinctively smooth voice is derived from the groundbreaking OD-1 Overdrive, one of the three original BOSS compact pedals from 1977, and also the pedal that created the now-ubiquitous “overdrive” category in the industry.

Powered by a unique asymmetrical clipping circuit that produces the pleasing sound and feel of a driven tube amp, the SD-1’s rich, versatile, and highly musical tone continues to inspire guitarists everywhere. The commemorative SD-1-4A features a black body with yellow lettering, gold-capped knobs, and a vintage silver thumbscrew for the battery compartment and comes in a box with a special 40th Anniversary logo.

Unleashed in 1991 as heavy and aggressive music styles started to hit full stride in the mainstream, the iconic MT-2 Metal Zone continues to reign supreme as the king of high-gain distortion stomps for devoted fans around the world. With over one million sold and counting, the MT-2 is the second most popular BOSS drive pedal after the DS-1 Distortion.

Its famously thick, saturated sound is perfectly suited for metal music and is also great for playing powerful rhythms and soaring solos in other genres. A standout feature of the MT-2 is its three-band active EQ with semi-parametric midrange, which provides extensive tone-shaping range that goes far beyond the capabilities of most analog distortion pedals. The commemorative MT-2-3A features a black body with gray lettering and a vintage silver thumbscrew for the battery compartment and comes in a box with a special 30th Anniversary logo.


BOSS Announced TU-05 Clip-On Tuner



BOSS announced the TU-05 Clip-On Tuner, the latest addition to the company’s industry-leading lineup of instruments tuners. BOSS’s famous tuner range includes numerous solutions for all types of musicians and educators, from handheld and clip-on designs to the pedal-based TU-3 used by top touring professionals around the world. Designed for guitar, bass, ukulele, and other stringed instruments, the TU-05 delivers the best-in-class performance and the latest BOSS tuning features.

The TU-05 features a large color display with super-high contrast, offering easy visibility for quick tuning in any environment. A rugged clip provides secure mounting on an instrument’s headstock, and the display can be swiveled for optimum viewing. Four tuning models include chromatic, guitar, bass, and ukulele, and the calibration can be adjusted from 431 to 449 Hz. Flat tuning over a range of three semitones down is supported, perfect for players who like to tune lower than standard pitch.

The TU-05 has a built-in rechargeable battery that provides up to 10 hours of continuous use, and there’s an auto-off feature to conserve battery life. A cable is included for charging via a standard USB power adaptor.


BOSS Announces BAS-1 Amplifier Stand



BOSS announced the BAS-1 Amplifier Stand, the latest addition to the company’s industry leading lineup of accessories for guitarists and other musicians. Featuring heavy-duty steel construction, and wide adjustability in a portable design, the BAS-1 works with a variety of combo guitar amplifiers, including the Katana and Nextone models from BOSS and Blues Cube and other models from Roland.

With its tilt-back configuration, the BAS-1 cradles a combo guitar amp at the perfect angle for monitoring and sound projection at home, on stage, or in the studio. The strand collapses for easy travel, with a locking cam and quick-release lever for fast set up and tear down. Adjustable feet ensure wobble-free stability when using the stand on slightly unlevel surfaces

Thanks to its unique telescoping support arm, the width of the BAS-1 can be adjusted to support combo guitar amps of various sizes. Users can quickly adjust the arm by pulling out the spring-loaded handles and setting the width as needed.


BOSS Introduced Waza Craft TB-2W Tone Bender



BOSS announced the Waza Craft TB-2W Tone Bender, a new pedal developed in collaboration with Sola Sound, the maker of the legendary Tone Bender fuzz pedals first introduced in the 1960s. Housed in the classic BOSS compact chassis, the TB-2W is an authentic sonic recreation of the Tone Bender MK II pedal heard on some of the most influential guitar tracks produced over the last five-plus decades.

Among the iconic fuzz pedals in music history, the Tone Bender is one of the most revered and unique. Embraced by some of the greatest guitarists of all time, the pedal’s bold, rich voice and smooth sustain are forever embedded in the annals of rock and pop music history. Sola Sound produced numerous variations through the years, and many consider the late-60s “MK-II” version to be the ultimate Tone Bender voice.

Using a “masterpiece” Tone Bender MK II (serial number 500) from Sola Sound’s archive as a benchmark reference, BOSS engineers have fully realized the pedal’s magical sound and expressive dynamic response through meticulous analysis and detailed Waza craftsmanship.

Available in a limited production run, each TB-2W features rare germanium transistors carefully tested for optimum tone, a three-way voltage selector, selectable true/buffered bypass operation, and a refined circuit design for ultra-consistent performance from pedal to pedal.

The TB-2W Tone Bender will be available in Q2 2021.


BOSS Announces RC-5 and RC-500 Loop Station Pedals



BOSS announced the RC-5 and RC-500, the latest additions to the long-running Loop Station product family. Filled with next-generation BOSS technologies, these new pedal-based loopers feature class-leading 32-bit AD/DA AND 32-bit floating-point processing, onboard rhythms, phrase memories for storing loops, backlit displays, and much more. The single track RC-5 and dual-track RC-500 both offer 13 hours of stereo recording, plus advanced external control support via footswitches, an expression pedal, or MIDI.

Housed in BOSS’s famous compact series format, the RC-5 features full stereo I/O and the most advanced interface available in any stompbox looper. The LCD’s backlight changes color to indicate recording, overdub, and playback states. And coupled with the multi-function parameter knob, it’s quick and easy to navigate rhythms, system settings, and more in the heat of the moment.

The RC-5’s versatile pedal switch covers all basic looping functions, but deeper control is supported as well. Users can connect up to two external footswitches for direct control of many assignable functions, or an expression pedal for continuous adjustments. The RC-5 also includes MIDI I/O on space-saving TRS jacks – a first for any compact series pedal – providing even deeper control for players with advanced systems.

The RC-500 is ideal for guitarists singer/songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, and anyone who wants to take their looping to the next level. Users can connect mono/stereo instruments and pedal effects, plus a mic to the dedicated XLR input – complete with phantom power if needed. The RC-500’s two tracks can be used independently for song-style composition, or together for rick multi-track textures. Like RC-5, the LCD backlight changes color to show the current operation mode, while track faders and a mic level know provide hands-on access to volume control while performing.

The RC-500’s stereo I/O and three built-in footswitches are configured for basic operations by default, but they can be reassigned in a variety of ways. The RC-500 also offers deep external control support, including MIDI I/O on TRS jacks.

Both the RC-5 and RC-500 come loaded with 57 inspiring rhythms – each with A/B variations – to accompany loop adventures. Drum kits can be changed to suit the musical style, with 7 kits available in the RC-5 and 16 kits in the RC-500.


BOSS Introduces GT-1000CORE Guitar Effects Processor



BOSS introduced the GT-1000CORE, a powerful new multi-effects pedal based on the flagship GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor. GT-1000CORE houses the complete internal sound processing of the GT-1000 in a single stompbox, giving players class-leading sound quality, advanced AIRD technology, and a vast range of premium BOSS amp and effects in an amazingly compact package.

Ideal for both guitar and bass, GT-1000CORE lets players travel light and tackle any professional playing situation with no additional pedals. A single patch provides access to 24 simultaneous effects, including two amps at once. And with 250 user patches available, there’s ample room to store sound creations for every type of gig. The impressive DPS engine delivers on-demand power for all effects blocks, so there are no frustrating processing limitations while creating sounds.

In addition to the standalone operation, GT-1000CORE brings next-level creative versatility to any pedalboard. Three onboard switches can be configured for a variety of functions, and users can easily integrate with other stomps via mono or stereo I/O. Dual send/return jacks are also available, supporting external effects, four-cable method, or separate feeds to a PA or recorder.

Deeper control is possible with external footswitches and expression pedals, and users can remotely switch amp channels as well. MIDI I/O is provided on space-saving TRS jacks for seamless integration with other MIDI devices.

GT-1000CORE is also an ideal companion for recording and playing at home. It functions as a multi-channel USB audio/MIDI interface for flexible DAW production and efficient re-amping. Recording mode provides a variety of built-in speaker and microphone types to choose from, and its also possible to import 16 WAV-format speaker impulse responses with the GT-1000 IR Loader software.

The onboard looper is a great tool for practice, building sounds, and developing ideas. And players can craft sounds on a Mac or Windows computer using the BOSS Tone Studio editor.


BOSS Announced OC-5 Octave Pedal



BOSS announces the OC-5 Octave, the latest generation of the long-running OC series of octave pedals for guitar and bass. Offering the most advanced BOSS Octave performance to date, the OC-5 features a new Vintage mode, polyphonic enhancements and an octave-up feature for extended range. And with the latest tracking technologies, users can enjoy smooth, accurate playability with no latency. Highly versatile and easy to use, the OC-5 covers a wide variety of octave sounds in one high-performance pedal.

Introduced in 1982, the OC-2 Octave was the world’s first modern octave pedal for guitar and bass, and its characteristic voice can be heard in many famous songs. The OC-5’s Vintage mode delivers the OC-2’s iconic mono sound, coupled with improved response thanks to the new tracking engine. Dedicated level controls are provided for -1 and -2 octave effects and the direct sound, giving quick access to a variety of sub-octave colors.

The OC-5 also features an evolved version of the smart Poly mode first introduced with the OC-3 Super Octave, letting users play full chords with octave effects. The variable Range knob restricts the effect to only the lower notes on an instrument, perfect for playing octave bass lines alongside normal cords and melodies in the highest registers. In addition, it’s now possible to isolate the octave effect to the bottom note in a chord by turning the Range knob to the “Lowest” setting.

The OC-5 introduces a new octave-up effect, which is available in both Vintage and Poly modes with a dedicated +1 OCT knob. Players can use the octave-up effect on its own for faux 12-string sounds and unique solo tones, or blend it with the octave-down effects for extended chord voicings and super-fat leads.

Via a dedicated switch, the OC-5’s tracking engine can be optimized for either guitar or bass. And with the Direct Out jack, users can route dry and effect sounds to different destinations, such as two stage amps or discrete channels on a mixer or audio interface.