Price paid: $ 100
Sound — 9
I am using the pedal with an Ibanez JEM JR. Floyd Rose guitar and a Sony TA - 1630 Amp. The sound was better than I expected. The clean sounds are perfect. The sound from Fender Twin Reverb '65 (FC) and Roland Jazz Chorus (JC) modeled amp are stunning, almost exactly like the real thing. The Boss Overdrive amp model (od) gives a beautiful Overdrive sound, modeling the sound of tube amplifiers. For distortion, Marshap JCM800 (MC) and Boss MT-2 (Mt) amp models give great sound for palying hard rock or metal songs. Besides from the amp models, there are plenty of guitar effects in the G2. I specially like the reverb, chorus, flanger and the dynamic delays. You can get the perfect Pink Floyd sound with the combination of delays, chorus and reverb. The built-in noise gets are very good and there is almost no added noise. It has a built-in drum Machine which is a nice added feature. You can plug it in your computer using the "line-in" port of your sound card and do some recording. With a suitable software, you will be able to record riffs and solos. It sounds great wheather you use to record or play through an amp.
Overall Impression — 9
For it's price, the Zoom G2 is a great deal. The sound is very good and you can model almost all of your favorite bands. I have managed to get the sounds of Guns N' Roses, Green Day, Pink Floyd and Metallica. In this price range, I think it is better than any other product in the market. I would certainly recommend it.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have had the Zoom G2 for about 15 months. I haven't had a single problem. The strong rubber padding protects it against rough use. I have dropeed it a few times, didn't create any problems. The switches and knobs are durable. I would definitely use it on a gig without a backup.
Ease of Use — 8
The user interface is okay. It takes a while to get used to, but after that it's pretty easy. There are 40 factory patches and 40 user patches that you can edit. Making new patches or editing existing ones are easy. Almost all the effects can be fine tuned by the 3 tunable knobs. The manual is very descriptive too. You can learn everything you need to know from the manual in a short time. One downside of the Zoom G2 is that you can't modify the firmware. So no factory update is possible.