I've been playing guitar for over 30 years and I have had/used a wide range of effects over the years. From traditional stomp boxes to high end rack mounted MIDI processors and just about everything in between. The Boss ME-80 is a great tool for practice and recording and possibly even live performances (haven't tried it for that yet but I'm optimistic). It's extremely user friendly. In a very short time I was able to set up plenty of different patches to meet my playing needs and I honestly believe that with a little extra tweaking I could pull just about any tone I could think of out of it. I do wish that Boss would have included a power supply. I think that at this price point it's kind of expected and it is a bit disappointing that they didn't. It would have also been nice to have the additional connections to be able to run the "4 cable" method of hooking it up through your amps effects loop so you could better use your amps high gain channels. Definitely not a deal breaker, but it would have been nice. All in all, this is a great entry to mid level processor that can and will do just about anything you need it to.