Price paid: $ 370
Purchased from: Metropolis Music Center
Sound — 9
As mentioned above, the pedal itself is not enough to create that "right" sound. The GNX2 can make a crappy sounding combo sound more expensive, and a regular amp like a full blown pro rig. The GNX2 needs to be told "where" are you going to plug it: straight into the mixing board? In the amp's loop? Into a 2x12 Vintage Fender Twin Reverb or a Marshall half stack? All these variables are extremely important. Let's say you leave your heavy ass, Marshall/Mesa Boogie/Peavy half stack at the rehearsal room and at home you jam on a teeny weeny, cheap (but faithful) solid state combo? You bring your GNX2 home because you want to create a patch for a solo, using your single coil guitar and want to add harmonies. You create the patch using your crappy combo and the next day you plug your GNX2 to your REAL practice amp and whoaa! It sounds TOTALLY different! Although this applies to most multiFX, rarely someone mentions it. The presets for distortions are really good. You have a metal zone, tube screamer, fuzz box, etc... But in all truth, you can get a better crunch by tweaking the amp emulators on the GNX2. On the bad side, you can only use chorus, delay or flanger ONE at a time, so if you're into doing weird, multi FX parts a la Pink FloYD you might be in for some limitations. Aside of that, the FX are solid and very warm sounding.
Overall Impression — 9
I play mostly classic thrash/death/hard alternative and I can get most of the sounds I want with ease, although it does take some time. For quiter stuff, mild pop or even jazzy stuff, the GNX2 is extremely versatile. As I said before, I use this mostly in live situations and only once for recording and at that, I was surprised at how well it sounded. I have a Mesa Dual Recto and, for a recording, I'd rather go with the recto's massive distortion, but this FX unit is no slouch and sounds almost like the real thing. I've been playing semi-pro for over 20 years and was never that much into FX pedals until I bought a Zoom 6060 from a friend. After years of tweaking the thing to death, I ended up selling it and bought the GNX2 based on research and one trial. If this 8 year old multiFX sounds this good, I can only imagine how the newer models will sound. Good job DigiTech! Keep it up!
Reliability & Durability — 9
The GNX2 has NEVER let me down. It would help to keep it ventilated with a floor fan, since it runs quite hot over time. If there's one thing thats abosultely unreliable about this pedal is its power supply. Unfortunately, it's a 2.1 Amp device, which are EXTREMELY difficult to get (yes, even on E-Bay!) and once you do, they ARE expensive ($40 bucks or more). I would definitely buy another GNX2 or higher if this one broke down or stole.
Ease of Use — 7
The DigiTech GNX2 was and still is a very professional sounding multiFX unit. I upgraded this from a crappy sounding Zoom multi FX, that never gave me the sounds I was looking for. You can virtually teak the thing to give you any sound you imagine. With this said, it does take some time to get the "right" sound and there are several variables apart from the pedal (amp, speaker, guitar, Pick up) that will influence the outcome. It is NOT an easy unit to use at firt. You will need to read the manual thoroughly to get an idea of what you can tweak and how far can you go. The manual is a simple read, but it's not as specific as I would've like it to be. Editing patches (forming your own sounds and saving them) is the real deal with any competent multi FX and at this, the GNX2 is awesome. Again, getting the sound you want will take some time. Whoever says you can get the "right sound " in no time is lying or has been playing guitar for 2 seconds. Even seasoned musicians struggle to get that "right sound". The GNX2 offered back in the early 2000's what has become THE norm in most multiFX pedals: amp mixing. Let's say you love the low end crunch of a Mesa Boogie Dual Recto, but at the same time, you'd like to spice the sound up with some mid range crunch that only Marshall can offer. You can mix both amps and determine if you want a 50/50 mix or something different. Plus, you can tweak the eq, speaker resonance and cabinet size for each amp. To the overall mix, you can add chorus, noise gate, additional eq, reverb, etc. Taking the proper time, you can create patches for specific guitars, songs and sound amazing.