Boss Nextone Special review

The non-tube amp of choice for tube amp purists?

Boss Nextone Special
(Image: © Boss)

Guitar World Verdict

For tube amp purists who want to explore the wonderful world of Boss Tube Logic tones without straying too far from their comfort zones, the Nextone Special delivers authentic tube tone, performance and operation.


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    Simple, straightforward concept and easy to use.

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    Clean tones are remarkable.

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    Selectable power tube emulations.

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    Quality vintage-voiced speaker.


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    Footswitch sold separately (and is recommended for live performers).

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One of the greatest features provided by many digital modeling guitar amps is a seemingly endless variety of tones and effects. However, all of that versatility can be a serious distraction for guitarists who prefer to plug in and play instead of spending minutes or hours searching for the ideal tone. 

Does one really need a dozen variations of Marshall amps when a single ripping distortion tone will do the job perfectly well? In stark contrast to the “everything under the sun” approach of most modeling amps, the Nextone series amps from Boss feature a straightforward, uncomplicated design that’s similar to a classic two-channel tube combo amp

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.