G1 review by Zoom

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (100 votes)
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Price paid: $ 100

Purchased from: Morgenroth Music

Sound — 9
I personally am using it with a 15 watt Peavey, but put together with this fits my needs. If you don't turn the reverb and gain down on your amp, this can cause some sound issues, but not major ones. The effects themselves sound great, but the way you use them is important. The way the interface works doesn't allow for you to mix effects. You can Pick one effect, one Drive, and one modulation, along with delay, reverb, and various types of those. The effects though are simple to tweak, such as changing the rate, gain, and you can buy an expression pedal for things like wah and many of the modulations. The included patches sound great, and on the ref. page, you can see the song, amp, or artist that it sounds like. Artists such as Lukather, Page, Hammet, Gilmour (I might have misspelled some of those)One issue is the noise reduction thing you can have. If you have that on on accident, it can make your sustain and tone suffer.

Overall Impression — 9
I play funk, classic rock, and some more prog rock than I used to. This works out well for what I use for it. It has plenty of basic effects and drives, and it also has some more advanced effects, such as harmonized pitch shifter, chorus, ring mod, etc. It's not quite as customizable as other pedals, but for the price it's amazing. I've been playing for over a year, but I have really experimented with this pedal. If this was lost or stolen, I would definitely buy it again, but next time perhaps the one with the attached pedal. I love the simplicity of it, but one thing I don't like is it's customization, it's just pretty basic feeling. My favorite feature is the delay, because it sounds great when you need to use it, but it should be used lightly or in moderation.

Reliability & Durability — 9
So far, no problems have been found with it. Immediately I noticed that it was made of plastic, so you should be careful if gigging with it. The bottom of it is metal, so it's fine there. If you are careful not to abuse it badly, you should be fine with it.

Ease of Use — 8
Right away, you can easily mess with the settings pretty easily. The included manual is a must to keep, because some of the names for the effects, mods, and drives are quite hard to understand without it. It comes with a quick reference card that you should tape to the bottom to keep. Navigating through the patches and stuff is quite simple, though not the most convenient way thought of. User made patches are handy, and there are plenty of ways to experiment. Overall it's very easy to use, and the large range of effects will appeal to anyone looking to experiment with these things.

10 comments sorted by best / new / date

    1201ZJ
    the drum machine on it sucks, but that is the only thing that i dislike about it.
    yao151
    it has awsome delay use the extreme distortion and pinched harmonics are mind blowing(every other distorion doesnt work that good for it) drum machine is werthless i would go with the G1X just because of the expression pedal+there about the same price
    anotherbattery
    got it just a few weeks ago. is gr8!..the price and quality is awesome for a "not so rich" decent guitarist
    lewisg1
    it can go on computer speakers but youll need a small to large jack to make it fit
    lewisg1
    i have one of these and when you get to know what all the things on the screen mean its very easy to use and produces some great sounds. THe only thing that it lacks in fine adjustability for things like tremelo.
    WheresTheTwang
    my friend has one of these shittest distortion ever man, me and my other mate ( a bassist ) can always tell when someone is playing a ZOOM because of the really shitty distortion and just so you know i would probally buy one if i had the chance