How to Use a GT-6 Guitar Pedal

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How to Use a GT-6 Guitar Pedal
The Boss GT-6 emulates multiple amplifier types. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The Boss GT-6 is a floor based multieffects processor for guitar. It has 200 preset sounds and 140 blank patches for your own presets, enabling you to blend the various effects on the GT-6 to create customised presets to suit your playing style. The benefit of using a multieffects processor, as opposed to multiple individual pedals is that it reduces the need for transporting lots of equipment and it takes up less space on the stage. The GT-6 also features digital amplifier models, which emulate the sound of classic amplifiers. This enables you to base the custom sounds on your favourite players.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Minimum 2 1/4-inch jack cables

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect a 1/4-inch jack cable to your guitar. Connect the other end to the "Input" jack on the rear of the GT-6.

  2. 2

    Connect a second 1/4-inch jack cable to the "Output" jack on the rear of the unit. Connect the other end to the input jack on your amplifier. There are two output jacks. If you are connecting to a single amplifier, use the jack marked "L(Mono)." If you are running a stereo pair of amps, connect a third cable to the "R" jack and connect the other end to your second amplifier or output device.

  3. 3

    Connect the 14-volt DC adaptor plug to the socket on the rear. Connect the plug to a mains supply and turn on the GT-6

  4. 4

    Adjust the "Patch Level" dial to set the volume to a suitable level.

  5. 5

    Press the "EZ TONE" button. This opens a library of preset sounds designed for use as a starting point for creating your own custom tones.

  6. 6

    Rotate the "Value" dial to scroll through the library of tones. Press the "ON/OFF" button under each effect to include or dismiss that particular effect from the preset. For example, if you think the sound is too ambient, turn the reverb off.

  7. 7

    Adjust the effect parameters with the individual dials underneath each effect. If you turned an effect off, adjusting the parameter dial will have no effect on the sound.

  8. 8

    Press "Write" to save the preset. When prompted, use the up and down arrows on the right of the LCD screen to assign a save destination.

  9. 9

    Press "Exit" to leave the "EZ TONE" setting.

  10. 10

    Select an amplifier type using the dial furthest left on the top row. Each amp has its own distinctive tone. Although the settings aren't named for the amp that they emulate for copyright reasons, you can typically deduce from the name which amp setting sounds like which amp. For example, "MS Stack" sounds very similar to a Marshall Stack."

Tips and warnings

  • To mute the unit, rock the expression/volume pedal back fully.

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