Boss GT-1000 Core vs HX Stomp: which amp and effects modeler should you pick?

Boss GT 1000 Core and Line 6 HX Stomp amp and effects modelers on a colored background
(Image credit: Boss/Line 6)

Whether we like it or not the amp modeler is here to stay. If you're in the former camp - or you're just not quite ready to go fully ampless - then you may well have looked at the options for a unit that will fit on an already existing pedalboard. Many guitarists are opting to go this hybrid route, perhaps using the effects in combination with a tube amp, or the amp modeling with a regular cab for a better playing feel onstage.

Two of the title contenders in the fight for space on your pedalboard are the Boss GT-1000 Core and the Line 6 HX Stomp. Both are compact units that feature amp and effects modeling, plenty of connectivity to integrate into existing setups, and they even look pretty similar with the switch and knob placement.

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player,, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and writing and recording in bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at.