G3 review by Zoom

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 4
  • Reliability & Durability: 1
  • Ease of Use: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 5.3 Decent
  • Users' score: 7.3 (80 votes)
Zoom: G3

Price paid: C$ 300

Purchased from: Ebay

Sound — 7
I play through 500 Watt Fender MetalHead using a heavily modified Epiphone Casino. Effects sound good through amp, but I still haven't gone through all of effects as there are thousands of combinations. The effects are quite electronic sounding not not bad over all. I really wanted to love this pedal... But the expression pedal I bought for it was a huge disappointment.

Overall Impression — 4
The useless expression pedal kills the G3. If you want to use Wah effects, or any effect you want to click on and off and adjust... Stay as far from this pedal as possible. If you can get by without the expression pedal, the G3 might be for you. It is not for me...

Reliability & Durability — 1
I will not use the pedal for one major reason... The disappointment that is the expression pedal. The expression pedal only adjusts levels of certain pedals, not clicking them on and off. This means, if you want to use the Wah, you have to take your food off the expression pedal, click the G3 and then come back to the expression pedal for the Wah effect... This is horrible.

Ease of Use — 9
Massive amount of pedal choices but a bit of learning curve. Choosing pedals is best done on the computer, while adjusting levels is best done on the pedal itself. This is a bit of a pain in the butt, but if you think about it, once you find the levels, you wont really change them. Updated firmware to 1.13, easily done.

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    Who cares about the expression pedal? It's not an all in one device like the digitech rp500 or the pod hd pedals. It's more for adding effects in front of an amp or for quiet practicing.
    I wouldn't say best tone. It still sounds digital to me. The amp sims are good. I've heard the demos. But these sims would sound real close to the real amps if you'd directly connect the G3 to your computer. If the signal gets perverted (ie: connected to another amp or pre-amp) it wouldn't sound as close. But it is good enough for a guitarist who doesn't gig as much. A good investment for practicing on your own.