Price paid: $ 263.34
Purchased from: Local music store
Sound — 9
It is usually fairly noiseless, thanks to ZNR, or Zoom noise reduction. However, on 2 of the 40 channels you get terrible feedback at high volumes. It sounds pretty great, all fairly natural. The Pick of the litter is the Zoom Extreme Distortion. It doesn't sound quite as good as some of the high-end effects but it doesn't cost half as much so I'd consider it a fair trade.
Overall Impression — 9
I don't play any particular genre, and the G2 copes well with it. I can get very satisfactory tones from it no matter what song I want to play. My friend has a DigiTech RP50, probably it's close rival. The G2 cost considerably less, and sounds way more natural. It really is no contest between the 2. If it was stolen or lost, I'd probably go for the G2\.1U, but I'd have no problem with buying the regular G2 again.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is tougher than old boots. It's totally dependable for any situation. You can kick and throw it any way you want to. It's a real tank.
Ease of Use — 9
It's dead simple to use. 2 foot switch, 1 goes up 1 goes down. Editting patches is fairly simple, but it can get a little confusing at first. The manual isn't any great shakes, but it's not a hard little thing to use in the first place. Unfortunately, the little screen is a bit of let down. A proper multi-character screen would've been a big help, but I guess for such a compact little unit it wasn't possible. You'd have to keep the manual close to hand, at least until you learn what the 2 letter code for each patch is. Also, the knob for selecting which effect type is confusing, as all types are crammed into one knob. It can get pretty confusing whether the knob is at mod/SFX or delay.