Ever since its founding in 1974, BOSS has meticulously researched the sound-making processes of musical instruments, and of guitar in particular. While times have changed and technologies have evolved, the primary goal for this ongoing research has always been simple: to create products that produce the best guitar tones possible.

Among guitarists, the definition of “great tone” is extremely personal, and can vary considerably from player to player. This is because the guitar is such a responsive, interactive instrument that’s capable of nearly unlimited sound variation.

Standard electric guitars can deliver sparkling arpeggios, sweet jazzy tones, bluesy crunch sounds, heavy rock riffs, and many other tones. Extended range guitars with seven and eight strings take things even further. And the sensitive sounds of steel-string and nylon-string acoustics are yet another side of this incredibly versatile instrument.

Guitar type (solid vs. hollow), body wood, and playing technique all have defining impacts on the sound, and even strings, pick type, and string height affect the tone. With electric guitars, components such as pickups, pots, and cables influence the sound as well. Of course, the amplifier that the guitar is connected to has a major impact on the tone. When combined with effects processing, it’s probably fair to say that the guitar can produce more sounds than any other instrument.

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