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The TC Electronic G-Major 2 is made by guitarists for guitarists. This multi-effects processor is pure guitar magic in a single-space rackmountable u...Read More

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Rack is back with legendary TC tone and easy integration.

The TC Electronic G-Major 2 is made by guitarists for guitarists. This multi-effects processor is pure guitar magic in a single-space rackmountable unit at a price that lets you ease into greatness. Studio-quality sounds combined with stompbox simplicity is geared for your most heavy-duty performances. These are not modeling wannabes, but pure undiluted TC Electronic effects in a league of their own. The G-Major 2 offers easy integration with your current setup and pain-free on-the-fly editing. Or use a MIDI interface for more dedicated patch programming using the included PC/Mac editor.

G-Major 2 processor houses all the classic TC Electronic effects that made the original G-Major a favorite among passionate hobby musicians and pros alike. It adds a wide range of guitar effects and features based on feedback and requests from dedicated users of the G-Major platform. From the delays, reverbs and modulation effects that helped define the industry and new daring sounds such as Tri-Chorus, Through-Zero langer, modulated delays, and Univibe, everything is done with impeccable TC Electronic quality.

FEATURES
  • Univibe
  • Tri-Chorus
  • Through-Zero Flanger
  • Retuned TC Electronic reverbs
  • New filter/wah block ported 1:1 from G-System
  • Reverse Delay
  • Intelligent pitch shifting
  • Modulated delays
  • PC/Mac editor
  • Relay switching

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SPECIFICATIONS

G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

  • Digital Inputs and Outputs
    Connectors: RCA Phono (S/PDIF)
    Formats: S/PDIF (24 bit), EIAJ CP-340, IEC 958
    Output Dither: HPF/TPDF dither 24/20/16/8 bit
    Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
    Processing Delay: 0.1 ms @ 48 kHz
    Frequency Response DIO: DC to 23.9 kHz ± 0.01 dB @ 48 kHz

    Analog Inputs
    Connectors: ¼" phone jack, balanced
    Impedance, Bal / Unbal: 21 kOhm / 13 kOhm
    Max. Input Level: +24 dBu
    Min. Input Level for 0 dBFS: 0 dBu
    Sensitivity @ 12 dB headroom: -12 dBu to +12 dBu
    A to D Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream
    A to D Delay: 0.65 ms / 0.70 ms @ 48 kHz / 44.1 kHz
    Dynamic Range: 100 dB typ, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    THD: typ. < 92 dB (0,0025 %) @ 1 kHz
    Frequency Response: +0/-0.1 dB @ 48 kHz, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Crosstalk: <-95 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

    Analog Outputs
    Connectors: ¼" phone jack, balanced
    Impedance Balanced / Unbalanced: 40 Ohm
    Max. Output Level: +24 dBu (balanced)
    Output Ranges: Balanced: 20/14/8/2 dBu
    D to A Conversion: 24 bit, 128 x oversampling bitstream
    D to A Delay: 0.63 ms / 0.68 ms @ 48 kHz / 44.1 kHz
    Dynamic Range: 104 dB typ, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    THD: typ <-94 dB (0.002 %) @ 1 kHz, +20 dBu Output
    Frequency Response: +0/-0.5 dB @ 48 kHz, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Crosstalk: <-100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz

    EMC
    Complies with: EN 55103-1 and EN 55103-2 FCC part 15, Class B, CISPR 22, Class B
    Certified to: IEC 65, EN 60065, UL6500 CSA E65

    Control Interface
    MIDI: In/Out/Thru: 5 Pin DIN
    Pedal: ¼" phone jack
    Relay closure (separate tip and ring connection to sleeve: ¼" phone jack

    General
    Finish: Anodized aluminum front plate and painted steel chassis
    Display: 23 character / 280 icon STN-LCD display
    Dimensions(W x H xD): 19" x 1.75" x 8.2" (483 x 44 x 195 mm)
    Weight: 4.1 lb. (1.85 kg)
    Mains Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto-select)
    Power Consumption: <15 W
    Warranty parts and labor: 1 year

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TC ElectronicG-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor
 
3.7

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

29%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (5)
  • Good selection of effects (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great processor at a great price

Overall if you're looking for a dedicated effects unit at a great price that works well with MIDI and plays well with other units then this is the product for you. I've been playing...Read complete review

Overall if you're looking for a dedicated effects unit at a great price that works well with MIDI and plays well with other units then this is the product for you. I've been playing guitar for 20+ years and this unit sounds great in a serial setup whether through my preamp (Sansamp PSA1.1-another great product) or my Carvin V3 head. There's a bit of a learning curve to programming and some of the routing functions but once you get passed that, you're golden. I highly recommend this unit. I never do reviews like this, but I read some of the negative reviews and felt compelled to give this unit a great review because it's a great product. Just learn to take care of your gear by treating the knobs and buttons nicely and do yourself a favor and get a nice rack case if you're going to have rack gear. This is a pro unit, it deserves a pro case.
For this having been my first experience with rackmount effects (I've played for over 20 years with nothing but pedals), this unit had the most features in terms of delays, reverbs and modulations for the price that I could find. I'm not really too interested in the EQ, gate or compression but they are handy and serve their function should I need them. We mic everything through our PA and we have a gate already on all the instruments so the noise gate isn't something that benefits me greatly or that I would even need to use. I'm not running super high-gan distortion. The different routing options and modifiers are great and work well with my midi controller. I was wanting a unit that performed strictly effects as I have a rackmount preamp for clean/distortion tones. This works well for me in that respect. The midi function from my GM2 to my midi/firewire interface is awesome and works flawlessly. The Vyzor editor is great for editing, saving (for backup purposes) and transferring presets and I've had no problems.
Again, with this being my first experience with rackmount effects I can't compare this to something else. I have played the POD modelers and other units out there and this isn't even in the same category as it is effects only. Aside from that, I've read that some people find the buttons and rotary knobs somewhat cheap. With this in mind, I did rate this a little lower in that respect, but my experience varies. I keep mine in a heavy duty rack case at all times and I'm careful how I push the buttons when I need to. Once you get all your presets programmed, it's basically a non-issue. So no issues with that. The case is steel, everything seems solid.
Again, first experience. For what you get in this little box, this thing sounds fantastic for the price. My brother tried to convince me to get the GT10, this thing is much better for my needs. I don't need something with built-in modeling and would rather have a dedicated unit for effects and this does the job nicely.

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Avoid at all costs

I bought this to replace my jungle of pedals. I did so based on reviews and hype. I thought this was the way to go forsure. I was wrong.

You would...Read complete review

I bought this to replace my jungle of pedals. I did so based on reviews and hype. I thought this was the way to go forsure. I was wrong.

You would think that after so many issues with the GM1 that TCE would have worked out the kinks and come back with a better unit as a whole. That didn't happen.

The major flaws in these units are simple. VERY hard to program, even for those with experience and the build quality. The main flaw in the build quality is the ribbon that connects the front panel with the board. The ribbon is negatively affected by a lot of factors. In fact its affected by basically anything and everything.

The next mogul was programming the GM2 with the FCB1010, this was a headache that a bottle of tylenol couldn't help.

Avoid this unit at all costs. The effects are beautiful and extremely high quality, it's too bad there's so many hurdles in the way of using them.

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5.0

fantastic unit

By crash

from Gulf Coast Mississippi

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TC Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

    the effects are great and (it does not muddy my Marshall ) my Marshall gives me the distortion I love, and the TC gives me all the effects including compressor limiter, delay chorus flanger phaser, double delay , Guitar tuner all and the effects are totally programmable so you can custom design your own sound, weather to run the effects in series, or parallel, or (series parallel) I run this through my effects loop on my( Marshall JCM 2000 Dsl100)
    using a {Midi switcher Voodoo lab} I can program the effects and channel switching all through the
    TC G Major II, say your in crunch modes on the amp and you want to go to clean mode with different effects running you can program this unit to just that to switch effects and clean / distortion simultaneously this unit is all you need a lounge with a good tube amp

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    1.0

    No more TC products for me after this

    By DawnOfCremation

    from South Australia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • expensive coaster

    Comments about TC Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

    I bought this for live performances to use in the effects loop of my tube head. When it worked, no doubt about it, it sounded good but this unit is not intuitive at all especially when trying to program with a midi foot pedal. Not long after the warranty was up the left side output jack stopped working producing only static, so just continued to use just the right side instead. After a while wasn't getting any sound out of it at all , the display still shows and everything else seems to be working but no output so useless to me. Got about 18 months of frustrated use out of it before it finally farted in my face. I like to think I take good care of my equipment but this thing is probably suited for a studio environment where it never gets moved - very temperamental.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Mixed Feelings

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    By brewjo

    from Oregon City, OR

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TC Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

    I found this unit with a great price and since my 4 space rack only had 2 spaces occupied, I forked over the cash and added this to my collection. My first rack was shaping up nicely.
    The users manual is pretty complex. I've taken graduate classed and struggled to get through this. I kept thinking about the Vox Tonelab that was written for guitarist. This was NOT.
    I do like the sounds I get out of this unit. WOW. It's clear sounds are crystal. A vast array of colors to mods and tones.
    Maybe I need to be more patient. Its good enough that I didn't give up and list it on some website.

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    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Avoid at all costs

    By Grynder

    from Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Great Effects Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Difficult To Use
    • Extremely Poor Build
    • Lots Of Bugs
    • Not Responsive

    Best Uses

      Comments about TC Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      I bought this to replace my jungle of pedals. I did so based on reviews and hype. I thought this was the way to go forsure. I was wrong.

      You would think that after so many issues with the GM1 that TCE would have worked out the kinks and come back with a better unit as a whole. That didn't happen.

      The major flaws in these units are simple. VERY hard to program, even for those with experience and the build quality. The main flaw in the build quality is the ribbon that connects the front panel with the board. The ribbon is negatively affected by a lot of factors. In fact its affected by basically anything and everything.

      The next mogul was programming the GM2 with the FCB1010, this was a headache that a bottle of tylenol couldn't help.

      Avoid this unit at all costs. The effects are beautiful and extremely high quality, it's too bad there's so many hurdles in the way of using them.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One of the most useful things in my rig.

      By Jason

      from Newburgh, IN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No Leslie Simulation

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about TC Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      This is a great sounding processor, especially for the price. All the effects sound great. It's pretty easy to use, although, if you've never written/edited patches in a multi fx unit there might a slight learning curve. I don't know how common this is, but I also use the parametric eq on some patches to fake the overall eq curve of amps with different "out-of-the-box" sounds than my main amp. This isn't the same as having a dozen different amps but it's passable and let's me save space and cash by not having a dozen amps for certain sounds I'd only use occasionally. The only downside is no rotary speaker simulator, you can get pretty close by tinkering with the modulation and filter effects though. I'd recommend this unit for virtually any situation.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Sounds great, but....

      By MalcomBliss

      from Sacramento, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Great Bread N' Butter Fx

      Cons

      • Significant Latency

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about TC Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

      I got this because it was the best sounding rack effects for my budget and it really does sound great and doesn't significantly color the sound of my Mesa Mark V. However, there is sigficant latency when changing to presets that use certian effects, sometimes as much as a whole second for the new patch to initiate. The Whammy effect is unusable because of the one second lag between the sweep of the expression pedal and the sound of the Whammy. I waited too long to return it thinking I could fix the issue, assuming it was operator error. No such luck and this issue is documented on many blogs.
      Now, much to my disappointment, the unit will not save changes to the mix level for the delay and reverb banks. Are you kidding me TC?!

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      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Buyer Beware

      By Peter M

      from Australia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily
        • Cheaply manufactured
        • Inadequate Warranty
        • Not Responsive
        • Poor product support
        • Subject to failure

        Best Uses

          Comments about TC Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

          I bought a G Major 2 which worked until the warranty period expired. First the power supply failed, and was replaced for $100. Since then the unit freezes whenever it receives a signal rendering it useless. The repairer says that this is a common problem seen in 1 to 2 percent of the units, requiring a major service including removal and re-soldering of all ICs, removal of front and soldering of ribbon connectors. TC responded that they have a warranty policy and that my complaining about wasting[$] on this piece of rubbish is not "fair". Unit has broken, will never buy a TC product again.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Phenomenal unit

          Comments about TC Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

          I love this effects unit.
          I have had so many effects units. This one sounds great (the best so far) running through my Marshall tube amp.
          So far so good.
          Compared to multiple effects pedals it's a good value.

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          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great processor at a great price

          By cmcblues

          from San Antonio, TX

          Comments about TC Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

          Overall if you're looking for a dedicated effects unit at a great price that works well with MIDI and plays well with other units then this is the product for you. I've been playing guitar for 20+ years and this unit sounds great in a serial setup whether through my preamp (Sansamp PSA1.1-another great product) or my Carvin V3 head. There's a bit of a learning curve to programming and some of the routing functions but once you get passed that, you're golden. I highly recommend this unit. I never do reviews like this, but I read some of the negative reviews and felt compelled to give this unit a great review because it's a great product. Just learn to take care of your gear by treating the knobs and buttons nicely and do yourself a favor and get a nice rack case if you're going to have rack gear. This is a pro unit, it deserves a pro case.
          For this having been my first experience with rackmount effects (I've played for over 20 years with nothing but pedals), this unit had the most features in terms of delays, reverbs and modulations for the price that I could find. I'm not really too interested in the EQ, gate or compression but they are handy and serve their function should I need them. We mic everything through our PA and we have a gate already on all the instruments so the noise gate isn't something that benefits me greatly or that I would even need to use. I'm not running super high-gan distortion. The different routing options and modifiers are great and work well with my midi controller. I was wanting a unit that performed strictly effects as I have a rackmount preamp for clean/distortion tones. This works well for me in that respect. The midi function from my GM2 to my midi/firewire interface is awesome and works flawlessly. The Vyzor editor is great for editing, saving (for backup purposes) and transferring presets and I've had no problems.
          Again, with this being my first experience with rackmount effects I can't compare this to something else. I have played the POD modelers and other units out there and this isn't even in the same category as it is effects only. Aside from that, I've read that some people find the buttons and rotary knobs somewhat cheap. With this in mind, I did rate this a little lower in that respect, but my experience varies. I keep mine in a heavy duty rack case at all times and I'm careful how I push the buttons when I need to. Once you get all your presets programmed, it's basically a non-issue. So no issues with that. The case is steel, everything seems solid.
          Again, first experience. For what you get in this little box, this thing sounds fantastic for the price. My brother tried to convince me to get the GT10, this thing is much better for my needs. I don't need something with built-in modeling and would rather have a dedicated unit for effects and this does the job nicely.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Infinite possibilites

          By mercurydescends.com

          from Corpus Christi, TX

          Comments about TC Electronic G-Major 2 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor:

          I bought this unit because it does not have amp modeling like some of its competitors.. I have the amp I want, I buy effects for effects. This will do pretty much anything and everything you want.. just have to figure it out. some of the negative reviews are very old and those issues have been resolved. rest assured this is one of the best units you can buy for the price. the gate is worthless though, total tone sucker. I recommend an isp g string for a good gate.

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