So you’re a beginner electric guitar player, you’ve found a guitar and an amplifier that you like. They sound great together but now you really want to wail like David Gilmour, play with delay like The Edge or dream up your own signature tone. Just your guitar and amp won’t cut it; the next step is to explore effects.
There is a huge range of effects available in all shapes and sizes. Many guitarists jump in by buying compact pedals such as the DS-1 distortion or CE-2W chorus, which do one type of effect very well. Another way of entering the world of effects is with a multi effects pedal like the GT-1, which contains a wide variety of effects onboard. However, this approach requires menu diving and preset building. If you’re just beginning your journey with guitar effects and either of these routes sounds a bit daunting to you, then the ME-80 might hit the right spot!
Enter the ME-80
The ME-80 is the perfect introduction to guitar effects for two reasons:
- It has a hands-on, “what you see is what you get” approach – no menu diving required!
- It contains a wide variety of effects to give you a “taster” of almost everything under the sun
Let’s go deeper on these two key reasons.
What You See = What You Get
Let’s take a look at the images of the ME-80 vs GT-1 and compare them. What’s the first thing that jumps out? That’s right – the ME-80 is covered in control knobs and labels, whereas the GT-1 is more minimalist in its interface due to its much more compact size and menu-based operation.
This means that as a beginner, with the ME-80 you’ll immediately be able to see what effect you’re on, and what parameters you can control for that effect, while on the GT-1 it might take a few more button presses, and you might not even realise what parameters you can tweak for any given effect if you don’t delve deeper!
That being said, once you’ve dialled in your effects using the straightforward controls on the panel, you do actually have the option of saving up to 36 preset patches on the ME-80. Or, you can continue to use it as a “pedalboard” and just make changes as needed!
Your Virtual Signal Chain
One of the potentially daunting things about getting into single pedals is the question of how to arrange your signal chain.
The ME-80 makes things easy for you by pre-arranging the 8 onboard effects groups into a set signal chain, which aims to:
- keep noise to a minimum.
- achieve the most tonal flexibility.
- produce tone in the most natural, organic way
Let’s take a look at how you could assemble your “virtual pedalboard” with the ME-80’s huge selection of effects, and while we’re at it, learn a bit about why the signal chain is configured the way it is.