AX1500G review by Korg

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.5 Good
  • Users' score: 7.7 (145 votes)
Korg: AX1500G

Price paid: $ 260

Purchased from: Korea

Sound — 7
I used to run it with Burny Les Paul, on a Hiwatt 20W amp. It doesn't get noisy if setup is right and some sounds are actually nice. Acoustic simulation sounds a little bit too controlled but with the right EQ setting and cabinet, you can cover it. There are four different choices in Loop; you can record either guitar or AUX (computer, MP3 like) for 8 seconds and 16 seconds at the cost of quality. This is a really useful feature for practicing solos and all that, but switching to other presets are not allowed. Instead, you can turn the main knobs to Switch to other sounds. This is a bit tiring. Distortions in the 1500 is quite versatile and useful. They are all different and have their own color that would satisfy your need for sound. But distortion and amp are merged into one thing that you don't really have a thorough control over the tone: only drive, EQ and level. Although it lacks in detail, it sounds reasonable. but if you are looking for a good chunky-yet-not-too-heavy overdrive, this is not really the right pedal for you. It does have Overdrive but the gain does crank up high enough get heavy.

Overall Impression — 8
considering the time it was issued, this effect is solid and well made. The quality of each Drive is impressive, and the individual system (live performance phase) gives you chances to show different color on stage. I recently bought RP255 and replace this effect with it because it started dying. RP255 sounds whole lot better than 1500 but its not really a fair comparison.

Reliability & Durability — 7
Its huge and heavy due to the metal casing. One big problem with this effect is that knobs are fragile. If you are considering a multi that can withstand harsh environment and treatment, I can't really guarantee how well / long the knobs are gonna last. I had this effect for 5 years and now it started switching to other effects randomly whenever it pleases. I guess its because its been on gigs numerous times and treated crappy.

Ease of Use — 8
1500G features 5 effect chains on the system as below: Drive - Cabinet - Modulation - Pedal - Ambiance You can select desired effect by dialing knobs they have on each chain. There are also 5 more tiny dials to control little details, with a LED on each on of them. when LED is up, it means you can control the function with the knob under it. There are 4 foot pedals on the bottom and with a little bit of tap dancing, you can enter loop, Live performance phase, and jump to other banks. 1500 was my very first multi-effect I have ever own and it was really confusing to use. Just a little too many buttons and knobs to use. I tried to figure it out without the help of manual but I gave up soon after monkeying around with it for a while.

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    I have a korg 1500g, it sounds perfect through my cans or into my pc interface , but when i put through an amp the distortions go crap all middle it seams is there something am doing wrong