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Uncompromised effects, loops, amp switching, floor control, and routing flexibility.

The TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller delivers an uncompromised package of effects, loops, amp switching, floor control, and rig integration. It's equipped with two DSP sections that provide the very highest-quality effects on the market. Choose between a rack and a floor-based setup, decide how the effects are routed, tailor the footswitch layout, and select from more than 25 different onboard effects. And it's all built into a rock-solid roadworthy case with 18 giant chrome switches. Extras include 3-band EQ, a smooth noise gate, MIDI implementation, and a USB port for software updates.

On the Floor or in the Rack?

Do you prefer to have your pedals right next to you or would you rather secure them in your rack? The GFX01 19" 1U effects processor can simply be removed from G-System and rack mounted, leaving the decision up to you. A single cable connects the GFX01 with the G-System floor unit, putting your stomp boxes and messy cables out of sight while keeping the power and control under foot.

Analog "True Bypass" Loops

Preserve your original tone with the four analog true bypass pedal loops, all under preset as well as "on-the-fly" control. A fifth loop can be used for inserting a preamp or a fifth pedal in your setup.

Rock-Solid User Interface

Direct access user interface is via six rotary switch encoders. Not only does the heavy-duty chrome switch protect these encoders housing, but it also protects vital components below. With no vulnerable plastic knobs and no obvious openings, G-System is sealed against dust, dirt, moisture, and spills on stage.

Chromatic Tuner

With the full chromatic tuner you can always keep an eye on your guitar tuning. By pressing and holding the tuner switch, the outputs will mute and precise tuner information will be displayed on the LED. Hitting any switch will instantaneously un-mute the output and send you back into the play mode.

Pre Effects

Effects that are typically used prior to your lead effects are found in the pre effects section. They feature a high-impedance instrument input and full 96kHz/24-bit conversion and processing. This high resolution processing ensures maximum preservation of the guitar's original harmonics, which are vital to the character of any overdrive pedal or preamp.

Filters

The filter section allows you to select between touch and manually controlled filters, ranging from wah wah over formats to high peak resonance filters.

Compression

The compressor section enables perfect dynamic control of the previous filters including a pumping-style compressor or the more transparent compression style that gives smooth dynamic control and lengthy sustain

Analog Pedal Loops

Any disengaged pedal will eat into your guitar tone. The 4 analog loops in G-System give you full preset control as well as on-the-fly enabling/disabling, allowing "true bypass" of any pedal. The fifth loop is custom designed for preamp insertion. The buffered driver design of the insert loop allows extra-long cable runs with no loss of audio quality.

Amp Switching

Four relay switches give you remote analog control of preamps and amps. Relays are under G-System preset.

Post Effects

The post effects section includes all the traditional effects that belong after the "lead" section.

Noise Gate

The post effect section features an ultrafast noise gate allowing removal of background noise from potential high gain pedals or preamps when not playing.

Modulation

Modulation effects of your choice, including the famous TC chorus, flangers, phasers, tremolo, vibrato, and more, are available in the modulation section.

Pitch

The detune feature adds to your stereo image, while whammy and octaves allow for more effected sounds. The regular pitch shifting features up to a 2-octave shift.

Delay

The delay section sports more than 6 different effects, including legendary 2290 dynamic delay, reverse delay, tape echo, and more. All delays feature true "spilover" allowing the repeats of the delay to ring out across any preset change. Tap tempo is included and can of course be tied to MIDI clock.

Reverb

Reverbs from the famous TC pallet are included. Plates, rooms, springs and halls are available in the reverb section, all specifically tuned and tailored for guitar.

But wait there's more . . .

G-System houses many extras. To mention a few, you get an ultrasmooth noise gate and 3-band EQ. A boost function makes your fills or solo stand out at the flick of a switch. All tempo-based effects can be individually controlled by tap tempo or MIDI clock, and numerous parameters are under expression pedal control. The included USB port means you'll be able to keep your G-System up to date with future software releases from TC Electronic.

FEATURES
  • Multi-effects processor on the floor
  • Up to 9 simultaneous effect
  • Fast and smooth preset changes featuring delay spill-overs
  • 4 switchable mono loops for your favorite effect pedals
  • One additional loop insert point dedicated for preamps
  • 4 x 9V DC outlets for powering your effect pedals
  • USB connection for software updates
  • Ultimate flexibility as the board can be separated allowing you to place GFX01 in a 19" rack while leaving the control board on the floor
  • MIDI for control of additional external MIDI units
  • Connections for 2 expression pedals
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TC ElectronicG-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller
 
4.1

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

G System is worth it!

First I want to say that this unit is not aimed towards the "just plug it in front of the amp and play" people. This is for serious work.Features: Ok, let's...Read complete review

First I want to say that this unit is not aimed towards the "just plug it in front of the amp and play" people. This is for serious work.Features: Ok, let's start with the effects. It has the studio essentials: Reverb, delay, pitch modulator & bender(for octave lovers), flanger, phaser, chorus, tremolo & vibrato. They sound crystal clear without changing the tone a whole lot like a chain of usual individual pedals. It also has a compressor and a gate with excellent quality.On the wah and filter side, it is obvious that there will be a color change, but no worries, it is all adjustable and tweakable and u can make it sound the way u want.You will not find distortions here as TC engineers expect u to work with your amps preamp first, then ur favorite OD and Distortion pedals like a pro.Also you wont find any amp modelers as u are expected to work with actual amps, not simulations, although u can route the simulations by separate with a V amp, a Pod, black box, sans amp or any other simulator of your choice through loop 5 which I will discuss in a bit. It counts with five FX loops from which three can be controlled real time with the loop switches. These three, should be dedicated for ODs and distortion pedals. The fourth one can be programed with any effect of your preference, and the fifth one is dedicated to handle preamps, like the preamp of an amplifier or amp modelers, although FX pedals can be used here too.It also counts with a relay feature which gives the chance to switch in between amp channels.Also there is a chance to combine up to three different amps.Quality: (Things not to do)Obviously, if it is plugged in front of the amp, it will create hiss as the whole line process goes through the FXs before hitting the preamp, so plz, dont do this, plus, if u plan to use the distortion from ur amp combined with the effects, it will sound really bad.Also if you put it through the FX loop from ur amp and you have the distortion pedals working through the loops from the G system, I can assure by 100% that those pedals will sound terrible as they are not going through the preamp of the amp.(To do) The best scenario to achieve maximum quality minimizing tone coloration an hums is by connecting the guitar to the unit, then run the main amps preamp through the loop 5(preamp loop)(This loop has to be first unlocked and activated). after that, all the outputs can just go straight to the power amp section of your amp. this way all the G system will act like a high tech preamp with FX and FX loops and all the Distortions will go preamp which is the expected scenario. Try this and then u will think twice about rating this unit with a 1. I must say that there is just a bit of coloration on the bypass stage, but it is minimal compared to what normal stomp boxes do to your signal.I have never seen a pedal with that many options and it is just prefect for me. I can just move the unit an customize it however I want. Oh, did I mention I can also customize certain switches to do different other functions different than the factory ones.Price: I made an evaluation of how much it would be to have a system like this with just analog and tube pedals, routers and line selectors and y came up with big numbers, this is why I think the G system is not expensive. I mean, you pay for what you get!Overal. As I said, G system is original, rough built and there is no other unit compared to this one. and please, don't compare it with POD live XT, GNX4, Tonelab SE or zoom, or a pod pro and v amp pro because you would be talking about three very distant worlds.as I said. G system is aimed to professionals who like to be playfull with effects an routing options and is no toy.If it was stolen, I would get another one for sure!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Repair Costs Over the Top

I love this unit when it works. I like the sounds, the programming, the design. It's a great unit! I have handled it with extreme care and it is built like a...Read complete review

I love this unit when it works. I like the sounds, the programming, the design. It's a great unit! I have handled it with extreme care and it is built like a tank. I have transported it in a padded flight case since I bought it. The display stopped working after approx. 2+ years. TC Electronics requires $350 and a credit card to look at it. They only share their schematics with their authorized repair centers, so choices for service are limited. Their customer service department has not been very helpful or responsive. To me, this is off the charts for a repair, especially when I depend on the unit. I would definitely think twice about buying the G-System unless you either have another one (as a second) or have other pedals to cover for when/if it breaks. If $350 for a repair doesn't make you flinch and you can afford to be without "your sound" for 4-6 weeks until you get your unit back, go for it. As a working musician, I would expect better customer service, a reasonable repair cost and timely response from a manufacturer that designs and sells high-end quality products for professional musicians.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Repair Costs Over the Top

By Don Makeever

from San Diego, Ca

Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

I love this unit when it works. I like the sounds, the programming, the design. It's a great unit! I have handled it with extreme care and it is built like a tank. I have transported it in a padded flight case since I bought it. The display stopped working after approx. 2+ years. TC Electronics requires $350 and a credit card to look at it. They only share their schematics with their authorized repair centers, so choices for service are limited. Their customer service department has not been very helpful or responsive. To me, this is off the charts for a repair, especially when I depend on the unit. I would definitely think twice about buying the G-System unless you either have another one (as a second) or have other pedals to cover for when/if it breaks. If $350 for a repair doesn't make you flinch and you can afford to be without "your sound" for 4-6 weeks until you get your unit back, go for it. As a working musician, I would expect better customer service, a reasonable repair cost and timely response from a manufacturer that designs and sells high-end quality products for professional musicians.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A worthwhile piece of equipment...

By MadDog Boy

from British Columbia

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Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

I bought the G system as a way to simplify my pedal board. Rather than tap dancing from pedal to pedal you can program basically any type of sound that you require. This tool requires alot of tweaking and figuring it out to get it to sound right, but once you do, you will be amazed.
I use it with two amps in a stereo configuration. Running into both clean channels using the Nova Drive and Blackstar distortion. Then when I want to add more versatility I use the loops from my egnater and mesa boogie roadster and am able to switch between both amps preamps, channel switch the boogie, bring in the distortion pedals for endless tone combinations. I rack mounted my brain and have the pedals in the back. Once you take the time to make everything neat and label the cables, set up is very easy. Check out scott's gsystemvideos on youtube for ideas on how to configure the unit.
There are just to many to list.!!!
Like a Tank
Pricey but compare to all the other pedals you'd need.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

G System is worth it!

By pmgsound

from Canada

Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

First I want to say that this unit is not aimed towards the "just plug it in front of the amp and play" people. This is for serious work.Features: Ok, let's start with the effects. It has the studio essentials: Reverb, delay, pitch modulator & bender(for octave lovers), flanger, phaser, chorus, tremolo & vibrato. They sound crystal clear without changing the tone a whole lot like a chain of usual individual pedals. It also has a compressor and a gate with excellent quality.On the wah and filter side, it is obvious that there will be a color change, but no worries, it is all adjustable and tweakable and u can make it sound the way u want.You will not find distortions here as TC engineers expect u to work with your amps preamp first, then ur favorite OD and Distortion pedals like a pro.Also you wont find any amp modelers as u are expected to work with actual amps, not simulations, although u can route the simulations by separate with a V amp, a Pod, black box, sans amp or any other simulator of your choice through loop 5 which I will discuss in a bit. It counts with five FX loops from which three can be controlled real time with the loop switches. These three, should be dedicated for ODs and distortion pedals. The fourth one can be programed with any effect of your preference, and the fifth one is dedicated to handle preamps, like the preamp of an amplifier or amp modelers, although FX pedals can be used here too.It also counts with a relay feature which gives the chance to switch in between amp channels.Also there is a chance to combine up to three different amps.Quality: (Things not to do)Obviously, if it is plugged in front of the amp, it will create hiss as the whole line process goes through the FXs before hitting the preamp, so plz, dont do this, plus, if u plan to use the distortion from ur amp combined with the effects, it will sound really bad.Also if you put it through the FX loop from ur amp and you have the distortion pedals working through the loops from the G system, I can assure by 100% that those pedals will sound terrible as they are not going through the preamp of the amp.(To do) The best scenario to achieve maximum quality minimizing tone coloration an hums is by connecting the guitar to the unit, then run the main amps preamp through the loop 5(preamp loop)(This loop has to be first unlocked and activated). after that, all the outputs can just go straight to the power amp section of your amp. this way all the G system will act like a high tech preamp with FX and FX loops and all the Distortions will go preamp which is the expected scenario. Try this and then u will think twice about rating this unit with a 1. I must say that there is just a bit of coloration on the bypass stage, but it is minimal compared to what normal stomp boxes do to your signal.I have never seen a pedal with that many options and it is just prefect for me. I can just move the unit an customize it however I want. Oh, did I mention I can also customize certain switches to do different other functions different than the factory ones.Price: I made an evaluation of how much it would be to have a system like this with just analog and tube pedals, routers and line selectors and y came up with big numbers, this is why I think the G system is not expensive. I mean, you pay for what you get!Overal. As I said, G system is original, rough built and there is no other unit compared to this one. and please, don't compare it with POD live XT, GNX4, Tonelab SE or zoom, or a pod pro and v amp pro because you would be talking about three very distant worlds.as I said. G system is aimed to professionals who like to be playfull with effects an routing options and is no toy.If it was stolen, I would get another one for sure!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The G System eats Boss and Line 6 processors for breakfast

By Floydish

from Nevada

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Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

The G System is designed for pro touring guitar players looking to manage their complex rigs. The onboard effects of the G System are pristine, studio quality and won't color your tone. The well-made foot controller allows for complete rig management including amp switching and external effects pedal control. The G-System assumes you already play through a great amp so it doesn't try to model one. It allows guitar players to plan their performance by tailoring presets created from a wide variety of internal effects.
The G System possesses more than most players require. Highly recommended for touring guitar players with large, complex rigs. Be prepared to invest in a good flight case to protect this heavy unit and high quality cables for smooth, quiet operation. Programming the G System takes many hours. For those willing to make a serious commitment in time and money, the G System delivers. The G Systems layout and functionality are truly a thing of beauty.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great multiple use unit

By Rob Paterson

from Pittsburgh pa

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Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

Awesome unit, however you really need to do your homework and understand how this unit works. This is not a plug and play board like most multi effects system. You need to look up TC electronics forum and read into the system and how to correctly hook it up. Most people return their units and get frustrated because they dont know how to simply set it up. One guy returned it because he had the input incorrectly selected. If you know what your doing and do it correctly this is such a great system to have. I absolutely love mine and wouldnt trade it for any other set up. Most have been reliable and will get you through hundreds of gigs with out a problem. However some can tweek out and have problems here and there. I plan on adding to my rig just because of the things the G system can do and handle, i plan on maxing it out and using every feature it offers. I highly recommend this unit.
SO many features with the G system. First off its a multiple effects unit with all of TC electronics famous effects. It also is able to talk with most amps and can switch channels. Two midi ports so you can throw in a midi controlled amp switcher or another multi effects unit. It has 4 loops so you can add some of your favorite stomp boxes to throw in the mix, also has power connections so you dont have to run multiple wall adapters. You can configure the layout and switches to your liking, so you can taylor your set up and how you want it. Multiple banks and presets so you can have hundreds of patches. It doesnt have its own distortion so you can incorporate your amps natural distortion or add a stompbox. You can rack mount the "brain" or keep it attached to the floorboard. Floorboard also has inputs for expression pedals so you dont have to run long cables to your rack.
TC electronic runs this board over with a tank and it still works. How many pieces of gear can you run over with a tank and have them remotely close to working. This is made of solid aluminum and theres not much you can do to destroy or damage the board its self. It is a computer driven system so of course you can have errors and crashes and things not go right. I have yet to have any problem with my system yet and have heard of others having hundreds of gigs with out their G system going down.
For the price this unit does most of what you could ask. Its a multi effects system, amp switcher, loop switcher, midi controller, power supply, and overall a great sounding unit. You could pay thousands more if you separatedly go out and buy the components of what this could do. This is the heart of my rig and i am thinking of buying a 2nd for a back up.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pure Studio Sound at Home and Live

By GuitarMan

from Nashville, TN

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Pros

  • 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-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    I have over 45 yrs of playing experience and have used so many brands and pedals I can't name them all.

    My friend had this pedal and long story short, I bought it from him for under a thousand; I have owned it several years now and to my ears, I can say it is beyond anything I have heard OUTSIDE of the studio.

    It's really hard to describe studio sounds, but I'm sure you know what I mean by it and this pedal has it - as I said above, I have NEVER heard this quality outside of a studio but you need to hear it for yourself to really grasp the depth and richness of sounds it has.

    Like I have read in other reviews, my friend said it was a real headache to get it all set up, but, since I bought it used, he had already done ALL of the hard stuff and he showed me how to tweak anything I wanted changed so that was a big help but if you buy it new YT now has numerous how-to's on setting up and modifying it!!

    The versatility of the inputs and outputs along with MIDI control AND the fact that you have all the electrical outputs for your pedals built-in just makes this the dream pedal to have in my humble opinion.

    I would buy it again in a heartbeat!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good bang for buck. Great quality.

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    I have owned this since 2008, no issues. I thought it was broken once, 6 months outside of the warranty, but they let me send it back free of charge anyways, I found their costumer service was easy to deal with, although a little strange as it was all through their "ticket" system. As it turns out it wasn't even broken and they sent it back free of charge, and it was something with amp's effects loop. The quality of the effects on this unit is very very good. Everything is transparent and quite customizable. If your amp sounds good, this will compliment it, but it won't make up for a bad amp. I did have to adjust some minor things both amp side and G-system side just to get it running as before. I now use it to control all my gear. Its great bang for buck because you are getting an excellent foot controller, a loop switcher, and an amazing fx unit all in one, all with midi compatibility. I think its a very fair price. Overall great unit.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    TC Electronics G-System Guitar Effects

    By Prof

    from Florida

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    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    The effects are crystal but the software and programming are very poor at the best. Even with the new 1.5 update 2-3-06 release, Features that are advertised still do not work. When unit is split for rack mounting the expression and volume pedal jacks on the floor unit do not work. You have to run another cord back to the rack unit. Programming is very difficult (maninly bad manual) and you can't modify or save your changes. I hope they get there act together and get some good programmers in the company. Very expensive piece of vapor ware and equipment. Also one of the techs is very unprofessional point of insulting on the phone. I would wait before I lay out this amount of money. This is truly the leading edge is the bleeding edge.

    (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Save yourself from this thing

    By Adolfo Castañeda

    from Mexico

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    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    Well, The G-System from T.C. Electronic is very expensive and don't accomplish all that promises. First af all: the hum is very annoying, VERY- and I have test it with my Gibson ES-335 Humbuckers. The sound quality is very poor. It didn't have a phones plug, so you could only work presets in an amp or another monitor. The presets does not inspire me at all. I've been playing from 17 years and played and proove a lot, I mean a lot of equipment. I write product-scans for a well know music magazine. And I need to tell all guitar players: if you have the money to buy this unit try another effects procesor. There are many options that also emulates amps and are more user friendly, not as the G-system, and are cheaper and sound better. I test the g-system in the studio and I do really never get it live, I'll stay with my podxt for that reason. The G-system is well constructed and looks flashy with all that LEDS, but you know, not all that glitters is gold. The G-system it's a great idea, but it stays in that stage, only an idea, not a practical solution. Sorry for the ones who already have paid their money for the G-system.

     
    5.0

    Pure Magic

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    I have tried and owned many effects processors over the years of my playing and nothing, I repeat, nothing comes close to comparing with this beast! Everything about it is perfect for what I wanted out of it. The effects sound amazing, the loops are true bypass, the noise gate and compressor are outstanding. All in all the best floorboard I have ever come across. If you have the money I highly recommend it!!!

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