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  • Boss GL-100

    Hey guys I scored a boss GL-100 off of ebay. I like the boss distortions, couldnt score the OD-20..iin fact got screwed on one by a sniper at 4seconds.

    I got it for 45$. Figured it couldnt be that bad, especially after reading reviews on here .

    So it came today. I hook it up to my carvin Xamp, via FX loop.

    at first, yuck. Not liking what i hear.

    Turn the Speaker sim switch on, turn on my amps OD channel. Hit distortion on the Boss, and WOW.

    Im VERY pleased with this thing! Its QUIET in the means of noise/bypass..

    But im curious, ive read that you can get pretty much any boss OD/Distortion pedal out of it

    Does anyone know settings for it to mimic a specific pedal? or just have a kickass setting? Im finding my own but i dont mind hearing others sounds.

    Thanks in advance!
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  • #2
    The GL100 isn't bad at all. It's about as expensive as a DS-1 but with loads more options.

    I have the manual if you want. Did you gewt the rack ears too (I'm looking for them :P)
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    • #3
      I got rack ears with it yes, they seem pretty easy to make if your good with metal. Id offer em if i wasnt rackmounting it. I can scan/photo close ups of em if you like.

      However im missing the footswitch. Im thinking i could just make one no? I figure ill wait to see what other rackmount gear i get. I have the behringer midi controller, itd be nice to convert everything to work off of that
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      • #4
        How is the speaker simulation feature on this preamp?
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        • #5
          What is the GL-100?

          It's not on the Boss website.

          EDIT: nevermind I found it
          http://www.bossarea.com/other/gl100.asp
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          • #6
            I went ahead and picked up a GL-100 locally. It had been sitting in a shop in Brunswick, ME for over a year ... so the dealer was a motivated seller.



            I only bought this unit for its Roland-JC-style clean sounds, so the br3wt4l and soulful distortion/OD modes were a pleasant surprise. I was able to dial in some uber-saturated metal rhythm tones with "Dist I" and even copped a bit of a Dumble feel with "Drive II". The onboard speaker simulator doesn't smooth out the heavier distortions enough to make them musical in a traditional sense, so an external speaker simulator can come in handy in certain direct recording scenarios.

            My GL-100 won't be replacing my Peavey Rock Master anytime soon, but definitely fills a tonal niche that my other preamp can't. When I devise a way to create an A/B setup using both preamps, I may finally have all the basic clean and dirty sounds that I will ever need.
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            • #7
              Are there any other GL-100 owners on this board?

              I tinkered with the "sharp" mode of channel 2 a bit today and was able to get convincing piezo/acoustic-type tones with a neck humbucker. Aside from being able to cop tones reminiscent of a DS-1, SD-1, MT-2, HM-2, BD-2, Big Muff, and BeeBaa, the GL-100 can also mimic the AC-2 ... and it has 100% analog circuitry. These things are a steal for their current price.
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              • #8
                I have one somewhere... It needs some cleaning of the pots, kinda beat up but still works fine. It uses a latching footswitch for channel selection, to whoever asked. I kinda like it, especially for the price.

                I really need the rack ears o.0 I'd be interested if you could scan them in or give good measurements (in mm with a good ruler or calipers). If not, no big deal I guess. It's annoying that the ears have that little "squiggle" in them instead of just being a right-angle piece.

                I need to start using mine again--when I first got it I really liked some of the sounds, but found it hard to work into my setup.
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                • #9

                  I need to start using mine again--when I first got it I really liked some of the sounds, but found it hard to work into my setup.


                  The GL-100 strikes me more as the type of device around which you build a rig vs. something that would be added to an existing one. Though it can function like a pedal in most respects, I tend to think of it as a 9-channel preamp.
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                  • #10

                    The GL-100 strikes me more as the type of device around which you build a rig vs. something that would be added to an existing one. Though it can function like a pedal in most respects, I tend to think of it as a 9-channel preamp.


                    That's true. Maybe I'll use it as my "non-tube" rig-- use that as the preamp with my V-amp pro for effects into my fender FM212.
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                    • Mikhaelgp
                      Mikhaelgp commented
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                      I have one of these Boss GL-100s, and I like the tones I can get from it. However, it's EXTREMELY level sensitive, and it gets a crackly distortion on top of whatever else it's doing, and the level without the crackle is too low. Does anyone know what this might be?
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