Price paid: € 175
Purchased from: Thomann.de
Sound — 8
I'm using it with an Ibanez DN500 and a Peavey Bandit 112. Not the best setup in the world, but I can get some good tones. The amp simulations are great and, while they are not warm like a real tube amp, they are pretty realistic and don't sound too much digital. I mostly play rock and metal (nothing brutal though) and I can easily get any type of sound, from crystal clear to crunch to insane distortion. The simulation called "metal distortion" sounds a bit plastic, so I use the "UK modern" instead, which simulates a Marshall JCM2000. It's perfect for my style. The effects are very good and can be tweaked to your preference in a few seconds. The Wah is very good, almost like a real Vox (Korg owns Vox, so they know how to simulate their products), and you can also use it as auto-wah without touching the expression pedal. There are also tons of strange effects that you will probably never use (e.g. synth simulation, talker, etc), and they all sound great.
Overall Impression — 8
As I said before, I mostly play rock and metal, and this is definitely a good match. I have been playing for 5 years and owned a Boss GT-10, one of the most famous (and expensive) multi effects pedals. The Korg is just as good as the Boss, if not better, and it costs less than half. Yes, the effects on the Boss were a bit more realistic, but the amp simulations were too digital and all sounded the same. The Korg is also easier to use. If I could go back in time or if it were stolen or lost I would buy it again because you can't beat it for the price. The only thing I don't like is the fact that there's no on/off button: you have to plug/unplug the AC adapter to turn the pedalboard on/off. Everything else is great.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The AX3000G is a solid multi effects pedal and I would definitely use it on a gig without a backup. The knobs, espression pedal and buttons won't break and there is a function to lock them so you don't accidentally modify your sound while playing live. I have never had any problem.
Ease of Use — 9
The Korg AX3000G has tons of effects, but it's simple and easy to use. There are 5 main knobs: - Pre-fx: 11 effects like wah, compressor, acoustic simulator, etc. - Drive/amp: 16 overdrives, distortions and amp simulations. - Modulation: 11 effects like chorus, phaser, pitch shifter, etc. - Delay: 11 types of delay. - Reverb: 11 types of reverb. There are also 5 small knobs to tweak the effects. If you have selected an amp simulation you can use them like an EQ. Just activated a reverb? Use them to tweak time, space, etc. It's also very easy to save patches, activate and tweak the tuner and the noise gate, change cabinet model, etc. The manual is very detailed yet simple and straightforward.