Price paid: C$ 199.99
Purchased from: Somewhere online. maybe musicians friend
Sound — 10
I am using an Ibanez GRX20 electric and Ibanez Talman acoustic-electric guitars through it, and both sound great! I have a Traynor amp, nothing special, cost me 100$ don't even know the model name... The product gets noisy at times when the effect is very distorted but thats to be expected in my opinion. Also I didn't bother changing the sound gate for noise reduction at all.. And that was suggested in the manuel. The effects always sound great, but I have to admit, I won't use more then 25 of the presets. But thats simply because a lot of them aren't my style and I don't like being distracted by too many choices, they only blind the guitarist. I can get the sound of almost all of my favourite artists, in fact with the manuel comes a sheet with all the effects and their description with 30 effects imitating different artists: Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Malmsteem all have their own patches and sound quite like them, and can be edited to be as close as possible, as every guitar has its own voice. There's also blues patches, lead patches, distorted metal patches. Those would be my primary styles :) As mentioned earlier, I don't know how to use Steve Vai's effects.. They're really spacey and echoey. I'm just not into that. The Acoustic sim. As well is not amazing, but works to an extent. Other then that they're all amazing. So 12 out of 100 patches aren't AMAZING? Still deserves a 10.
Overall Impression — 10
I play blues, metal, rock, punk, some jazz. Its perfect for everything. Because it has everything :) I've been playing for a bit over a year and I don't think of myself as bad, this is my second effects pedal/processor. I own a R.A.T. distortion pedal. Guess what? Its emulated in the G2.1Nu :P I don't even need the rat anymore. If it we're stolen or lost, I'd use my guitar as a club and beat who ever stole it. Then I'd by it again, and maybe a strat with it :P there is really nothing I did like about this, I suggest buying the one with pedal, the 2.1, its only 50 dollars more, but it proves quite useful. I don't see why you'd ever want any other multi-effets processor :)
Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing is a tank. Metal all over with some really tough rubber or some other material on the sides. I hope it never happens, but if I drop the processor, I wouldn't worry much. The display is behind uplifted metal grooves, so the chance of that being damaged is minute. Maybe if someone threw a rock at it.. I would defs not bring a back up to a gig, not that I'm quite to that level anyway :( solid product none the less.
Ease of Use — 9
Getting a good sound is the easiest thing ever.. You can't get a bad one. There are some 100 patches, and some done by Steve Vai! All the patches are a little different and have a huge range, from delays and choruses, to crunchy distortion and really dark tones, to 'ocean' sounds with tons of echo. All awesome. The only reason I'd give this a 9 is cause its not perfect. The Acoustic sim. Isn't as close as one would want to be, and the steve vai patches are kinda.. Weird. I can't seen anyway to use most of his. Anyway, moving on, there's also 100 patches that you can edit yourself or upload from your computer. Editing patches is pretty straight-forward, but I really recommend reading the manuel. Not cause you'll be confused right off the bad, but because you might learn some really cool tips and tricks in it. The manuel has a good 50 pages, 30 of which are purely for menus and stuff. The last 20 are specifically about editing and stuff. Really easy read and I suggest unpacking that first :) my firmware is still at v1.01. So probably the very first one.. But this thing is even easier to use then I thought it would be.