Boss GT-1000CORE

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We've reviewed a ton of cool gear over the past 12 months, but these stood above the rest and won our coveted Premier Gear Award.

This year more than 40 guitars, basses, effects, and amps from a diverse group of gear makers earned the coveted Premier Gear Award from our discerning editors. Here is our gear of the year.

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Boss packs heavy-duty DSP horsepower into a multi-effects processor built for busy pedalboards.


A mind-boggling selection of great-sounding effects and amp sims. Versatile connectivity. Well-engineered and -executed, user-friendly design. Solid value.

Amp simulations could be more realistic.


Boss GT-1000CORE


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These compact amps are designed for home practice and jamming and have custom-designed stereo speakers.

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