Boss GT-1000Core review

Boss squeezes all the power of its flagship processor into a much more compact footprint. We take it for a spin

Boss GT-1000CORE
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

The Boss GT-1000Core might have fewer footswitches than its full-sized sibling but it doesn't lack for options. Its vast array of effects and amp models allied to send and returns for your other stompboxes makes it a powerful tool, either as a fly-rig, a recording tool, or as part of a larger pedalboard setup.


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    GT-1000 power in a compact footprint.

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    Huge range of effects.

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    Send/returns for external pedal integration.

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    USB audio interface.

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    Computer-based editing.


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    USB cable not supplied.

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When Boss introduced the flagship GT-1000 amp modelling and multi-effects floorboard a couple of years back it signified a major refresh for the long-running GT series, ushering in a number of features: an ultra-fast DSP engine, 32-bit operation and 96kHz sampling rate as well as AIRD (Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics) technology, designed for more realistic amp simulations and optimised integration with whatever’s next in the chain. 

Although more streamlined than the previous GT models, the original GT-1000 still has the form factor typical of a large floorboard unit, which will not appeal to every potential user, despite its tempting sound and facilities. 

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.