New Zoom B1Xon Or Used Boss ME-20B?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Slyyyy, May 17, 2016.

  1. New B1Xon

    12 vote(s)
  2. Used ME-20B

    2 vote(s)
  1. Slyyyy


    May 17, 2016
    Playing bass in my garage. Both are $70. The only things making me hesitate is the drum machine and loop feature on the Zoom... Other wise would go with Boss... Your thought? Thanks.
  2. .
    We're talking (I think) near 8-9 year old technology for the Boss and probably 3-4 year old for the Zoom.
    Amp sims and digital effects are improving all the time.
    I'd definitely be going for the Zoom myself. ;)
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  3. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    Some might understate Zoom compared to Boss... but I say their effects products are good. I don't have Boss ME-20B but I do own GT-10B... still I had GAS for B1Xon cause it seemed more practical. So eventually I bought B1Xon few weeks ago.

    So far I've brought B1Xon to studio practices couples of times and planning to use it on next live gig whereas my GT-10B has been residing inside its gig bag for months. ME-20B might not as bulky as GT-10B, but still B1Xon beats it portability-wise.
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  4. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    If you happen to be the creative type, I would say go with the zoom b1xon. there's more variety of effects, amp, and cab models that it's easy to create a totally awesome patch. it's useful for both recording and live performances.
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  5. Slyyyy


    May 17, 2016
    Thanks guys . If I was to gig, boss is all aluminum and i would think it is more sturdy... vs all plastic... They still selling the boss for $220 new..
    Last edited: May 18, 2016
  6. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    many have said and I concur that although B1Xon upper shell is mostly plastic, but it's sturdier than it appears.
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  7. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    I am not fond of Boss' digital effects, they sound sterile, cold and bland to my ears, I am even less fond of Zoom's old digital effects which sounded cheap and artificial.

    When that is said I think the B1 is after they oped their game, I own a B3 my self and am supprisingly pleased with it, so I'd go for the Zoom.
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  8. morrisonhendrix

    morrisonhendrix When the music's over, turn out the lights... Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2009
    near Dallas, Texas
    I only have experience with the Boss, but the modulation effects and compressor on it are great in my opinion. The distortion and overdrive kill/suck the low end, so I wouldn't use those if I were you.
  9. Slyyyy


    May 17, 2016
    Hey! Who voted for ME-20B and why?!