Boss has a long tradition as being the world leading manufacturer of stompboxes and effects pedals. They have also made a name in making premium compact digital studios. The technology behind Boss products is made by the Roland corporation one of the most important companies making music instruments, studio technology and software, Boss is a 100 % subsidiary of Roland
The most successful field of production for Boss is that of the Stompboxes. By 1985 over 3 million were in use worldwide and to date over 8 million stompboxes have been kicked around on stages, in clubs and bars all over this planet.
The Boss story started around 30 years ago. Back in 1976 two products were introduced, one was the Boss B-10 and the other the Boss CE-1. The OD-1 pedal entered the market in 1977 and was made until 1985 with only minor changes. In 1978 the Boss DS-1 distortion effect was introduced. In the same year the Boss CE-2 chorus saw the light of day. In 1980 the Boss DR-55 Dr. Rhythm effect followed, 2 years later the Boss TU-12 chromatic tuner and in 1983 Boss started to produce the Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal. In the following years products such as Boss DD-2 digital delay, the ME-5 guitar multiple effects and the Boss SE-50 stereo effects processor as well as the Boss BR-8 digital recording studio were introduced. The Boss RC-20 loop-station has reached worldwide recognition since being launched in 2001. The tiny Boss Micro BR digital recorder is a dream come true for all travelling musicians.
The company Boss always used the marketing instruments given by Roland, to take approved Roland technology to the streets in a low budget Boss profile. “Cheap but not cheap” is the Boss slogan and it has built an excellent reputation among customers.