Sound — 8
Amp = Marshall VS265 / Guitars = Yamaha 521 There is no noise what'soever. Quite amazing really what Zoom has done to this processor in order produce such quite operation. For the most part, the effects are quite strong and very user-friendly. Particular standouts would include all the Delays (superb), Step, Tremolo/Vibrato, Reverbs, Chorus, Pedal Vox/Cry - pretty decent once you'd develop a sense of feel for the actual expression pedal. The weaker ones (just my opinion though) would be the Flangers/ Dynamic Flange, Phaser (it's not bad but it should be noted that it was better on previous models). The dual Equalizers (Low & High) are functional however not exactly ideal. One equalizer would have been more realistic due to the fact that equalization is also gained through the Amp. Perhaps a bit too much equilization? Good news is you can simply "Switch it off" in a millisecond. Now the Distortions: I keep reading and hearing the terms "sterile, digital, processed etc... " with regards to the distortion. The product has 30 models of Amp sounds. It also has a "Direct" button that produces speaker/cabinet tones (4 of them). I would strongly recommend anyone using this product to switch it off the "Direct" button just by virtue of the fact that everything you play will sound like "metal". If you like that tone though, leave it on... You'll love it! ( I have mine off permanently). The fantastic news here is that with some tweaking, you'll be able to create many stunning distortion tones that don't emulate the terms "sterile, digital, processed". Simply put, listen to what you are creating, "take your time", edit the levels of distortion/gain/ and equalization (amp). It's all in the patience and willingness to experiment. It's very easy to create a great patch, really! I don't really care for creating the sound of my favorite artists but it is easy to do if you have a good ear for tone. I'm not a huge fan of the Clean Channel, doesn't sound all that convincing. It is functional but not really thrilling. Once again, more tweaking and just a bit of Compression goes a long way. Once again, just take your time. Plus, have some fun with this unit.
Overall Impression — 9
I play many different styles: Headpins, early Journey, Zepplin, Beatles, Gary Moore, some new wave early 80's, Kenny Chesney, George Strait etc... Favorite features include: Expression Pedal (wah... It really is quite useable), Metal Construction, Delays! (wow factor high) Logical Interface, Built-in Drum Machine - nice touch. Less desireable: Clean tone somewhat weak/thin, Flanging/Phaser (still useable though), Ring-Tone, Equalizer (far too much) Overall, a great product, and very simple to use (easy to master quickly). The pros far outweight the cons. Well built and user friendly. Enjoy using this product, go and have some fun with it. Kindest Regards Cheers!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Reliability is unquestionable. My previous model G1Next was superb in every aspect. Should not be an issue. Zoom has very good track history when it comes to both performance and reliability. The overall construction of the unit as well as the logical layout of it's interface gives you an impression of a well thought out design.
Ease of Use — 9
If you are familiar with guitar processors, you shouldn't experience any problems creating professional sounds in under 30 seconds. However, if your relatively new at it, you'll need patience and plenty of it to create those desired tones! As far as editing goes, it's quite simple really, it's just matter of getting used to "pushing a button/ selecting the desired effect / tweaking the knob/ and saving the edit". Sound simply? Yep. But you'll need to get use the process first. Once you do... No worries. The manual is included in the packaging, however I suggest you download the manual online for simplicity sake.