G2.1U review by Zoom

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Ease of Use: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (476 votes)
Zoom: G2.1U

Price paid: $ 183

Purchased from: Music street

Sound — 9
I have a Fender Mexican Strat and Marshall AVT50X. There's no noise at all, due to noise reduction effect, which basically cuts out quiet signals- ie hum, but doesnt't affect the volume of your playing. This is a great feature and really improves the sound of your playing when you use high gain settings. All the effects work fine and do a great job. The only one that isn't quite perfect is the wah, which although is pretty damn good, I just feel it could be a bit smoother. The really standout effect on this is the 'extreme distortion' as it just 'feels' right and is amazingly clear despite being really heavy.

Overall Impression — 9
I play any style of music this pedal lets me, and that's a lot! Works great for anything, even the acoustic simulator rocks. I've been playing 2 and a half years now, not really used many other effects pedals, but with this Who needs to? If it were lost I would get another one, a few others on the market offer the same range of effects but none of them look as cool or sound as good as this one! The recording feature is great, and it's what really made my mind up to buy this over anything else. Once I found out that it had the USB port and software with it, I bought it pretty much straight away.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've never had one single problem with it. It just keeps going and hopefully will do so for a long time! You have to press pretty hard on it to activate the expression pedal but it handles this really well. It has metal casing so it's not gonna just fall apart if you drop it either.

Ease of Use — 8
At first this pedal takes quite a bit of getting used to, due to the rotary knob for changing banks being a bit awkward when playing. However, when you get past that initial challenge, it gets a lot easier and more enjoyable. Editing patches is easier than pie once you've had a bit of practice. You can tweak pretty much every option imaginable to get the sound just right. As for the manual. It came with like 6- one for every country/language it's sold in! The only downside I found was that the expression has to be calibrated to work properly and there is only a pretty small piece on this in the manual, which, inevitably I managed to miss and spent ages getting crap out of the wah! I did figure this out though and now it works fine, so no bad play on their part.

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    awesome pedal, i always pump it on the forums, though i found it was easy to screw things up as far as eqing goes, ie it takes time to find a sweet spot, but once youve found it it's ****in sweet!
    Yeah, it's an alright pedal. I really hate all the distortion patches, they're downright awful (Okay, save two or three that sound right for certain things). I don't need the distortion anyway, so it's all good. The rest of the effects are really great sounding, some kickass reverb and delay options in there. The wah options aren't bad either - comparing them to a CryBaby Original gave pretty similar results for the zoom patch to the original - in some cases better results. Mind you, the patch selector buttons have gone to hell on mine - sometimes they won't work at all - you really need to push them in hard. The expression pedal is really bloody tight too, you can hear the squeaking all too well. Probably just needs an oiling. Regardless, I'd give it a 7/10. It's a GREAT pedal for recording, no doubt about it, but don't get it for live performances. And if you really have the cash, you want a Boss GT8.
    i have this pedal and its incredible, i love just sitting there trying to make my own sounds up, its amazing when you tweak something the slightest and you get a sound you cant explain. you can also get pretty close to tones of bands you love aswell. ive not yet used it with cubase, i need to buy myself a USB lead first :rolleyes: also, does anyone know any sites where people share settings they've made up using this pedal? but i cant wait till i can. anyone looking for a multi FX system, this is the one.
    Ive had my g2 for a while now, and i got a beautiful fat sound with a Stagg L400 (which is a great guitar for 120 quid), that was with the Guvnor patch. Great thing to start off with, great as a starting pedal, and once you get the hang of it, itll do as much as the big amp modeller pedals and such on the small stage. Also if you pick the hotbox setting and tweak the EQ's etc, turn your amp up, you can get about 2 or 3 minutes worth of sustain, with slight feedback, thats with an alder body guitar... amazing.
    Good pedal.... only complaint is that most amp simulators have too much gain.... other than that, great pedal for the price