G-System Limited Review

manufacturer: TC Electronic date: 02/05/2014 category: Guitar Effects
TC Electronic: G-System Limited
The G-System is a multi effects processor with the great quality as usual provided by TC Electronic.
 Sound: 8.3
 Overall Impression: 8.3
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Ease of Use: 6.3
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overall: 8.5
G-System Limited Reviewed by: Wiintruder, on december 24, 2009
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Price paid: € 1119

Ease of Use: The G-System is a multi effects processor with the great quality as usual provided by TC Electronics. I bought it with the 4.01 firmware. Great piece of gear to own specially in a studio where You find yourself recording bands that usually don't have the money to own a lot of pedals to get the sound they need. To get started with it it's nice to use to presets but You'll find yourself trying to change the settings to get what you're looking for. This is the hard part. It has a medium-advanced learning curve but once You get the hang of it it's enjoyable and pretty tweakable. The manual is quite helpful but You'll need to surf the web for help on how to get exactly what You're after. But when You do, You'll be the sound pimp of the hood. Allows for 40 user presets, each one with 5 banks which is great for storing presets for each song without tap dancing. The editor is pretty nice. Again requires some getting used to, but in general it does the job well. It has a USB 2.0 for firmware upgrades and patch editing. The 4 effects loops it has are amazing and specially designed for distortion pedals. It also has 4 9-volt outlets which I find very useful and simplify my setup saving a lot of "power" headaches. // 6

Sound: This is the part where it all comes together. The effects quality is overwhelming. At a certain point my guitar sounded like a chicken, no kidding. The limited unit has the 2290 delay chip and my god it does the job. No noise so far, but it does advise to keep You're gain down to function it perfectly but I haven't found any problems (using in the effects loop). So You can get an idea I'll compare the sounds to known pedals (of course You lose some versatility when comparing to single pedals but most of the times You'll barely notice): Delay: Sound-wise it's almost as the eventide time factor (played it side-by-side). Doesn't allow as much options as the time factor but the quality is there. Amazing. Reverse, ping pong, dual delay. Pffew I even get tired naming all the delays-delays-delays-delays... Reverb- Can't even describe it. Incredible sounds with lots of options. Almost as good as exepensive Fender amps or Van Amps Sole Mate. The difference is so thin You'll think it had no food for decades. Pitch- Again, very good. Ocatave up, ocatave down, get whatever You need and it's rocking. From seven nation army to guys with testicles removed to get falsetto Filters - Can get porn music right from the start :D Amazing wah, from touch wah, auto wah, whatever You need. And with an expression pedal it does amazing things (I tried it with a Ernie Ball volume pedal from a friend). Very sensitive and it sounds amazing. Also has compression and clean boost and they are both amazing. I'm not going very technical but more into quality of sound. The boost is very quiet and allows for clean boosts even when using maximum power. I don't have a lot of experience when it comes to compression but to me it sounds good, but can't compare it to nothing else. Also is a midi pedalboard, allowing to control amps without an additional footswitch (for amps that deal with midi of course). // 9

Reliability & Durability: This thing is built like a tank (search for the video on Youtube, trust me You'll laugh :D ). You can step on it with big boots, jump on it, kick it and will play like new. I mean even my "HULK SMASH" power couldn't break it. No backup needed for this baby, but then again, for the price on it, if You can afford a backup please hire me as a personal slave. Trust me on this, You can't break it unless You really mean it and even then You'll have to work hard. Allows to remove the processing unit and rack-mount it while keeping the pedal board on the floor and this adds to the already great possibilities of it. // 10

Overall Impression: If Zeus played guitar, this would be is first effects unit. This little (ironically of course, with the weight and size of this thing) piece of gear will get everything You need. No modelling but if You can afford this it's because You already have a very nice amp, and don't need to change the tone :D I almost got the Axe-Fx but I really wanted just effects while keeping a certain budget. And it doesn't let me down. I love it. Whatever style of music You play, this wont let You down. From U2 (The Edge is known for his delays with the 2290 from TC), to reggae, funk and cleans, and even heavier sounds where You need space like effects (echos on this are amazing). No complaints and no looking back. The limited unit has only 2 differences comparing to the normal one: A redesigned input circuit and the color. As it was cheaper than the normal unit, no compaints there and the red is beautiful. Can't compare them side by side, as I said I don't have a money tree although I'm researching for a seed as I'm writing this. Bad thing there is no distortion, but I wouldn't replace the Overdrive in my amp for nothing in this world. // 9

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overall: 8.5
G-System Limited Reviewed by: unregistered, on may 04, 2011
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Price paid: $ 1400

Purchased from: Adelaide

Ease of Use: This thing took me a while to work around it's features. So many options to list. Once you know what you're doing it's a piece of cake to operate. I remember tearing my hair out with frustration at times. The manual is very descriptive, and there is excellent online support for this product. // 6

Sound: Sound quality from this thing is brilliant! I run a Gibson Les Paul & 339. Amp: Orange Ad-30 head & 2x12 cab. With the G System in between. No effects loop, straight in the front. Paired with a 'Nova Drive' MIDI controlled. The only negative comment is the Reverb isn't quite as warm as my 'Holy Grail Plus' (controlled by G System). // 9

Reliability & Durability: Bullet Proof! Playing in some rough pubs, mine has had drinks spilt on it, drunks fallen on it. I cannot think of a more robust unit. TC Electronics claim that this unit is spill resistant and I've seen video of them driving an army tank over it and it still works perfectly. // 10

Overall Impression: This is a very versatile bit of kit. Whatever you play. Any buyer will not be disappointed. You can even remove the brain of the unit, and rack mount it for further protection. This is simply the best multi effects unit I have ever seen. You will need to add your own overdrive/distortion, which can be looped through the G System. Simply too many features to list. // 9

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overall: 7.8
G-System Limited Reviewed by: david.peavy.712, on february 05, 2014
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Purchased from: SweetwaterT

Ease of Use: It was fairly easy if you have done some effects programming with multiple effects. From Lexicon to Alesis Quadraverb (a KILLER gigging midi processor btw) I have tweaked most out there including Roland, Yamaha, etc etc. It will take 3 stomp effects placing them before delays etc, very cool feature. In fact, you can rack mount the guts & use a Cat 5 cable to run it from a midi pedal board. Very cool forward thinking indeed! Not for the faint of effects programming but yields stellar sounds if digital & harsh doesn't bother you. In a studio it could be great as acoustic guitar sounded awesome! // 7

Sound: TC has been known for their hi-fi quality sound for years & having worked in the studio I took the plunge. I must be clear that I have a very analogue ear having grown up with analogue. The reverb, delay, time based effects are stellar but to me just too digital almost sterile sounding. Running through Fuchs ODS 30 I woodshed with everything from country twang with '53 Tele my dad bought new, to Gary Moore with '87 PRS & Strats. Fuchs has parallel or series switch & parallel was best as usual. Dead quiet & pristine the reverbs were stunning. // 7

Reliability & Durability: Built like no effects floor processor I have ever seen or owned. It is so well built it is also heavy to carry to gigs but that wasn't my use for it. Monster stomp knobs, beautiful lighting & striking looks. It appeared to be stainless steel, certainly NOT aluminum. I did notice even stainless will leave a small dent when you drop a stomp box on it, but it is built as good as money can buy. I would think it's near indestructible if taken care of. I bet you could throw it against the wall & it would work... If you are strong enough to throw the beast! // 10

Overall Impression: I have played all my life, Cream, Led Zep, Gilmour, country twang, jazz, master of none lover of them all. It's been decades for me & I have loved it dearly. I wish I had listened to one before I bought it, but they aren't at Walmart!.. Although I don't regret it as I learned it wasn't for me due to the time based effects just not warm & woddy. So I parted with it on eBay & moved on as it just didn't suit my warm analogue ears. For those looking for very deep sounds & enough programming to last a lifetime, great! // 7

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