G Major 2 review by TC Electronic

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.4 (8 votes)
TC Electronic: G Major 2

Price paid: $ 499

Purchased from: GuitarCenter.com

Sound — 9
The G Major 2 has ALOT of effects and they all have a top notch professional sound. I have listed them below and have rated them on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being awesome and 1 being not so awesome. Wah Wah - The Wah on this unit really is a weak point. You can edit some of the parameters but not as many as you can in other effects. The sound is thin and the "wah" is not very broad. If you are looking to get a classic Cry Baby Wah then this isn't what you are looking for. 4 out of 10 Touch Wah - The Touch Wah effect is basically an auto Wah that varies depending on the dynamics of your playing. If you play softly then the effect will be minimal. Playing harder will cause a greater effect. This is a very cool effect. The sound is much better than that of the regular wah. Mostly because the expectation of this effect isn't as high. 7 out of 10. Auto Wah - This a traditional auto wah. When you play a note you get a Wah effect. The sound on this is pretty decent and by adjusting the parameters a bit you can get a very good sound. 8 out of 10. Resonance Filter - This a "whack" opposed to a "wah". The same problem exists with this that the Wah has. It sounds thin and isn't terribly adjustable. 5 out of 10 Touch Res Filter - Another dynamic controllable effect. 7 out of 10 Tremolo - The tremolo is an excellent effect. It sounds great. You can dial in a heavy effect or just barely have it audible for a more subtle effect. It is highly adjustable and you can control everything about it. 9 of out of 10 Panner - This is a stereo panner that will pan your signal between the left and right channels. I don't have a stereo set-up so I won't comment on this. Detune - This detuner adds an effect that sounds like another guitar playing a Harmony underneath what you're playing. You can add up to two voices for this effect and it sounds really excellent. 9 out of 10 Whammy - The Whammy effect is outstanding! You can set it to either go up one or two octaves or down one or two octaves. If you have the DigiTech Whammy pedal this is a comparable alternative. 10 out of 10 Octaver - This allows you to set an additional voice either one or two octave above or below what you're playing. This is a good effect that will thicken up your tone slightly. 8 out of 10 Pitch Shifter - This effect lets you add you to two additional voices, each with a fixed pitch within one octave of you're input note. This a great effect if you want to add a Harmony to a lead part. Say you want to add a 5th or 3rd to all the notes in your lead then this is your effect. 10 out of 10 Intelligent Pitch Shifter - This allows you to play harmonies within a variety of scales within a given key. Want to have a Harmony over a D Mixolydian solo? Just set the key, scale, and the interval and presto! This an awesome effect if you're the only guitar player in your band and you want to cover Thin Lizzy or Iron Maiden or you want to do the solo in Hotel California. 11 out of 10 Chorus - There are three different chorusing effects that do different things Classic Chorus - This is exactly what is sounds like. A Classic chorus sound. This sounds great and it isn't a "flashy" as the other choruses. 8 out of 10 Advanced Chorus - This chorus adds some delay and add some different parameters to the classic chorus but has the same basic sound. 8 out of 10 Tri-Chorus - This is a very full chorus effect that takes three different stereo chorus effects and put it into one. This is an awesome effect and makes for some very interesting sounds especially with a clean guitar sound. 10 out of 10 Flanger - The flanger is pretty weak on this unit. I have yet to find a great flanger sound. TC just missed the boat with this one 4 out of 10 Advanced Flanger - Same as the regular flanger but with some added delay and some added parameters. 4 out of 10 Vibrato - A very good Vibrato effect that has a ton of parameter changes. A really useful effect. 10 out of 10 Vintage Phaser and Smoother Phaser - A great Phaser effect. The smooth Phaser is a little more subtle that the vintage. Both are highly adjustable and sound awesome. No Problems here. 10 out of 10 Delay - The delay effects are crystal clear and is almost a little too adjustable. The problem I have with this is that it is somewhat difficult to find that sweet spot in the delay when you solo that gives you that full sound. With a little tweaking it's in there though. The delay ranges from 0 to 999 ms so it is possible to have a wide array of delay. 9 out of 10 Ping Pong Delay - This will bounce your signal from the left to the right channel. I don't have a stereo set-up so I can't comment on this effect. Dual Delay - This allows you to set up two different delay times on the same effect. If you are looking for that U2 guitar sound with Edge's delay then this is where it is at. It defiantly take some patience dialing this one in though in order to get that Edge sound but if you stick with it it'll be worth it. 9 out of 10 Reverb - There are TONS of great reverb sounds in the G Major 2. From a huge hall setting to a small room this baby will do it and they sound great! 10 out of 10 Compressor - Its a compressor. It works. EQ - It has a on board three band parametric EQ so you can tweak those lead sound to sound like butter. Noise Gate - Its a Noise Gate. It works. That's everything you get in this baby. It is worth noting in the Mod effect section of the unit you cannot have two effects on at the same time. The Mod effects are Chorus. Flanger, Vibrato, and Phaser. So if you want to use any combination of those together then you'll have to figure something else out. You'll also have to get an expression pedal in order to control the Wah, Whammy, and Res Filter effects. But once you have this pedal then you can set it up to control any number of the parameters of the different effects. For example you can control how fast your tremolo effect is or how long your delay is.

Overall Impression — 9
I put the G Major 2 though the effect loop of my Mesa/Boogie Roadster and it performs at an extremely high level. If you are looking for an all in one effects unit then this is a great option. It is a versatile unit that will get the job done regardless if you play metal or country.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I do depend on this unit and I will gig without a back-up but I have only had the unit about 2 months now so I haven't had it long enough for anything to break on it. I haven't had to call TC Electronics tech support yet either so I won't comment on them..

Ease of Use — 8
The G Major 2 is a great effects unit that is fairly easy to use IF you have a halfway decent understanding of MIDI. If you don't then there is a bit of a learning curve. You can just plug in an play with it but to fully utilize the G Major 2 then you will have to program your presets and be ably to access them. You can change the presets with the onboard select wheel but this is a fairly involved process that doesn't lend itself well to changing while you're playing. To do that you will need a separate MIDI controller like the Voodoo Labs Ground Control Pro. This is where a good knowledge of MIDI will come in handy. Editing presets is a fairly easy process with a little bit of familiarization with the terms that TC uses.

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    On the compressor effect, how many adjustable functions are they (i.e. attack, release etc)?
    Awesome, sounds great thanks! I've been thinking of starting a rack, and this looks like it'll be my multi fx unit! No more endless leads and wires from those pedals