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Zoom G3 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator

by Zoom
4.8 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
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  • Three large LCD displays with intuitive amp and stomp box interface
  • 22 amp (v2.0) or 94 stomp box models can be used in any combination, Over 100 built-in ZFX-IV DSP effects
  • Integrated drum machine and auto-chromatic tuner, USB audio interface for DAW recording
  • Create and store up to 100 original tones, Balanced XLR output and selectable modes for DI use, Looper function with 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing
  • Over six hours of operation using four AA batteries/USB bus power (AC adapter included, Includes Edit&Share and Steinberg Sequel LE recording software. Please refer the User Manual before use.
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Product Description

Zoom's G3 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator combines the ease of a stomp box pedal board with the power of a multi-effects processor and USB audio interface. With complete control over individual effects and amp modeling, you can change your tones on the fly in both stage and studio settings.

Product Details

User Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 13 x 3.5 inches ; 3.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0054QM76K
  • Item model number: G3
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,445 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 1, 2011

From the Manufacturer

Intuitive design, easy navigation.

The G3's three LCD screens, each with its own foot switch and control knob, form a large graphical interface that makes it easy to edit effects and bring them in and out as needed.

G3 G3X G5
Number of effects 94 94 123
Number of amp models 22 22 22
Number of simultaneous effects Up to 6 Up to 6 Up to 9
Number of patches 100 100 297
Stereo outputs and balanced XLR output Y Y Y
Tap Tempo, Tuner, and Looper Y Y Y
Number of footswitches / LCD screens 3 3 4
Built-in expression pedal N Y Y
Tube booster N N Y

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I recently got the G3 with some worries going into it because I found it very hard to find that many good demos and reviews of it outside of amazon. The device arrived and once I got it all going and took a self guided tour, I have been worry free and very happy with it.

I was drawn to the G3 because it functions as 3 seperate effects pedals and my previous multi effects pedal was just preset patches that I could scroll through but had a horrible time editing (RP-90).

The G3 functions like this: You have 100 patch slots, each patch can hold 3 effects. The effects can be turned on and off and adjusted with individual foot switches and knobs. If you make an adjustment to the effect, the patch is automatically updated to the way you left it, even if you change the effect altogether. You can then procede to cycle through your patchs and enable/disable the individual triad of effects.

When the G3 arrives, the factory presets are very diverse and randomly organized. Scrolling through you hit rock, to clean, to hellraiser harsh, to bombs, to crazy effects. I liked a lot of them but won't use half of them. I set up the software right away (recommended) and dragged all the factory default preset patchs to the computer. I then wiped my G3 so I had 100 empty patches. I then dragged only the preset patches that I liked from the computer back to the G3 in the order I wanted. This is when the G3 and me started seeing eye to eye. I love how easy it is to orgainize your patches. The software makes this incredible. It is interesting to note that when you have the G3 hooked up to your amp, guitar, and computer, as you do things on your computer, they go live on your G3 instantly.
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Having been a musician who bought his first pedal in the mid 80's (and started looping shortly thereafter), and has been a gear junky ever since, I've tried my hand at pretty much every kind of effect available. Stomp boxes and rack units, digital and analog, multi-effect and single, boutique and production, modellers, emulators and VSTs. Ultimately I discovered two things. 1 - Sound and interface and both entirely subjective, whatever works for you, works for you. 2 - I know what I like.

That said, the Zoom G3 is a thing I like.

For well under two-hundred dollars, it's a great deal on a great looper, which is the primary reason I bought it. It has the usual functions of most modern multi-switch loopers. Record, play, overdub, stop. One thing it has that I don't see elsewhere is an option for how to stop the loops. It's switchable between stopping immediately, stopping at the end of the current loop, or fading out over the course of the current and next pass of the loop. This is a global setting, and not a choice you can make live, but it's a beautiful addition to the function nonetheless.

As a looper alone it's worth buying. But add the gravy of a 40 second loop length, tap tempo options, a choice of battery, USB, or AC power, a balanced XLR direct out, and it's USB interface and it's even better than most.

On top of being one of the better loopers available, it's a multi-effects unit. Gravy on top of gravy.

As a multi-effects unit it's very clean and simple. It's designed to act like three stompboxes side by side. And act like that it does. You scroll through the available effects, settle on one, and you're done. The three knobs under each screen, and the button below that act exactly as they do on a standard pedal effect.
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It has a really good tone. A couple of things I did not like about it:

a.)Only three stomp box slots which reduce to TWO. Distortions are not usable without ZNR in the loop so that reduces the number of available slots to Two. Now if you want Distortion + Wah Wah + Reverb all coming from the device ... you are out of luck and one slot short. Should have a built in ZNR. I have no Idea why they would make this without it built in.

b.) Cost. Its more expensive than G2.1nu AND still does not come with an expression pedal built in NOR ZNR automatically in the loop. FP02 costs around 85$ when shipped to Australia. And then you need to carry two things + you still can't use the wah which makes it three things to buy and carry!

c.) Looper. I thought 40 seconds was enough. And it is ... except if you enable undo option you are reduced to 20 seconds loop and that is simply not enough. Also from looper you can only exit into the stop box mode and there is no way to exit into the Patch selection mode. Means you need to go from Looper --Press button> Stop box mode --Hold button> Patch selection mode. This is not ideal. Also From a patch / stomp box modes, to enter looper you need to hold a button which means that either the patch changes for a short while you are holding down a button OR a stomp box switches OFF or on for the duration you are holding the button to go into loop mode. This mean you need to stop playing otherwise you will get random sound changes while stepping into the looper. In short looper is useless for live situations if you want to overdub different types of sounds.

d.) Octaver effect is useless. There is no way to kill the level of the original note that you are picking.
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