How to Use the Boss GT-6

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How to Use the Boss GT-6
Multi-effects reduce the need to use lots of separate pedals. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The Boss GT-6 is a floor-based guitar multi-effects processor. Multi-effects processors provide a range of effects that eliminate the need for a guitarist to transport lots of individual pedals. The GT-6 features Boss "COSM" modelling technology, which emulates the specific sounds of well-known amplifiers. The unit has four foot-switches to engage preset sounds and an expression pedal for volume and wah effects. Multi-effects units are typically a little more complex to use than stand-alone effects pedals because there are more controls and options.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Electric guitar
  • Two quarter-inch jack cables
  • Guitar amp

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  1. 1

    Connect a quarter-inch jack cable between your guitar and the Boss GT-6 input socket. Connect a quarter-inch jack cable between the Boss GT-6 output and your amplifier input. Plug in the AC power adaptor to the socket on the rear panel and turn the unit on. The on button is located at the top of the rear panel. Use the left output jack if your amplifier has one speaker, use the right output jack if your amplifier is stereo.

  2. 2

    Turn the volume of your amp down. Turn your amp on and gradually increase the volume. Never turn your amp with the volume up as this can cause potentially dangerous busts of sound.

  3. 3

    Press "output select". This brings a menu of amplifier types onto the screen. Select the amplifier type that best matches the amplifier you are using. This enables the unit to intuitively craft the sounds it creates to suit your amp. Choices include "small amp," "combo amp" and "stack amp."

    How to Use the Boss GT-6
    The GT-6 can emulate a range of different amp sounds. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  4. 4

    Select the first preset sound in the menu and play. Scroll through the preset sounds and make notes of the ones that appeal to you.

  5. 5

    Customise the patches. The GT-6 can store 340 separate customised patches. Press the "EZ Tone" button to open the patch customisation menu. Scroll the value dial to find a setting that represents a good starting point. This takes you through a list of sound options including tone, modulation and distortion. Opt for a neutral sound such as a clean amplifier. Turn off the effects you don't want by pressing "off". Adjust the parameters of the effects you do want by pressing the parameter buttons. Press "write" to save the patch and select the patch location numerically.

  6. 6

    Name the patch. This enables you to scroll through the patches easily. Press "name" and use the dial to scroll through the letters. Use the "parameter" button to move on to the next letter. Once you've named the patch, press "write."

Tips and warnings

  • Rock the expression pedal backwards to lower the output volume.
  • Unplug the GT-6 when not in use.

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