“The amount of functionality Boss has packed into a Compact series pedal is just staggering”: Boss IR-2 Amp & Cabinet review

What if you could have your full rig in the size of a Boss Compact Series pedal… and it sounds amazing?

Boss IR-2 Amp & Cabinet
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

The IR-2 might just be the most practical possible addition to your gear setup. The fact that it has so many uses and is a go-anywhere pedal that will run from battery power makes it a versatile problem solver that could be the perfect choice to sling into a spare gigbag pocket or have on your pedalboard ready to be brought into action when the need arises.


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    It sounds great.

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    Compact size.

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    Battery power for portability.

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    IR-2 is a full rig in a small box.

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    Headphone socket.

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    S/R loop.

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    USB audio interface capability.


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    Dual-concentric knobs can be a bit fiddly to operate.

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The Boss IR-2 takes the guitar amp and speaker emulation facility of Boss’s twin-footswitch IR-200 and makes it available in a compact pedal format.

Plenty of players have got used to working without amps these days, with the consistent quality of sound and sheer convenience of digital winning out in many situations. If we’re talking convenience, few amp modelers come close to the practicality of this new IR-2 – the amount of functionality Boss has packed into a Compact series pedal is just staggering.

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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.