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The first pedal to unite traditional analogue stomps with a multi-effects processor and amp simulator.

Zoom's G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper combines the ease of a stompbox pedal board with the power of a multi-effects processor and USB audio interface. With complete control over individual effects and amp modeling, you can change your tones on the fly for both stage and studio.

Three Stomps. One Pedal.
G3 offers three large stomps with LCD displays and corresponding footswitches that form a graphical interface, allowing you to utilize up to three stompbox and amp effects simultaneously. The interface has also been simplified with three control knobs for each display. This intuitive design makes creating, saving and rearranging the effect chain of your own sounds a breeze and provides easy navigation in live and studio settings.

Evolution of tube amp simulation.
A newly developed sigmoid curve clipper re-creates the smooth clipping of a tube amplifier's waveform. With its tube distortion, G3 can simulate amplifier sounds, including clean, crunch and full-gain drive tones that are authentic to the original models.

Super-real amp modeling.
G3's 13 super-real amp models range from vintage setups to the latest trends in amp technology, each with its own distinct cabinet modeling that can be used to alter its tone characteristics. By combining amplifiers and cabinets of different makers, models and years, you can digitally design your own custom rig. G3's modeling technology provides the best tone for both live performance and direct recording.

Note: Only one amp model can be used at a time.

The newest generation of DSP: ZFX-IV.
G3 utilizes the all-new ZFX-IV DSP processor. This generation of ZFX circuitry upgrades everything from tone and power to function and operability. By using 32-bit floating-point processing, G3 emulates amplifiers and recreates tones that are more realistic than any other amp modeler.

94 total stompbox models.
G3 has 94 diverse types of stompbox presets, including some of the world's most popular guitar pedals. You can use up to three effects in any combination. G3's wide range of effects includes distortion, compression, modulation, delay, and reverb. Its HD Reverb uses DSP power to produce a rich resonance that rivals outboard gear used in professional studios and live setups.
G3 dial in your sound

Note: Only two effects can be used in combinations that feature amp models or HD Reverb.

Over 100 versatile effects on-board.
Select from over 100 built-in DSP effects to create your own sounds on G3. Try its renowned compression and wah pedals, chorus effects with stunning depth and resonant reverbs. Or let your tonal imagination run free with dynamic flangers, tremolos, harmonized pitch shifters, multi-tap delays, reverse delays and much more. G3 can store up to 100 of your original creations without a hitch.

USB audio interface for DAW recording.
G3 operates as an audio interface, letting you record directly to your computer via USB. All of your sound settings used during rehearsals or live performances can be recorded to your favorite DAW such as the included Steinberg Sequel LE recording software. The pedal's direct monitoring capability eliminates any latency problems, assuring realistic studio conditions and hassle-free operation.

Looper function with 40-second phrase recording/overdubbing.
G3's Looper capabilities include 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing. The "sound-on-sound" function allows you to layer guitar sounds as many times as you want in real time. You can use looped sounds as simple backing tracks or create a "full band" feel with the built-in drum machine and DSP effects for a live solo.

Integrated drum machine.
Set up a one-man jam session with over 40 different patterns. Play 4, 8 and 16-beat rhythm sequences, or you can set it to shuffle to choose from one of many preset beats. The tap key also makes it easy to set tempo and keep you in perfect sync.

Accurate, real-time Tuner function.
The pedal's Tuner function offers smooth, real-time response with precise guitar tuning accuracy. Whether you're in the middle of a performance or practicing alone in your room, simply hold down the pedal's center footswitch to start getting your strings back on pitch. In addition, G3's LCD displays and LED indicators make the feature easy to use on a dark stage, where you can also mute the output for seamless tuning.

Balanced XLR output for DI use.
With its built-in XLR output, you can avoid DI boxes completely and directly connect G3 to any mixing console and maintain a balanced, high quality signal. In addition, a convenient Pre/Post switch can direct an effected sound to the main outputs while passing the guitar signal directly to the XLR output without relying on an A/D converter.

Output modes for stage and studio.
Different output modes allow you to optimize G3's tones based upon its connection with your personal rig. In addition to modes for the front inputs of combo and stack amps, G3 can be used as a preamp when connected to a power amp input. By selecting the direct mode with a line connection, you can achieve a realistic guitar sound that is optimal for live use and recording.

Super-low noise design.
G3's signal-to-noise ratio of 120dB and noise floor of -100dBm virtually eliminate background noise. G3's ZNR noise reduction removes feedback and other unwanted sounds, providing you with beautiful tones and natural release.

World's fastest patch change speed: 1ms.
With G3's amazing 1ms patch change speed, you will never miss a beat. Change from rhythm playing to a solo in an instant by simply pushing the switch.

Add a G3 to your pedal board.
G3 is perfect for use in combination with traditional stompboxes. By adding a G3 to your pedal board, you will decrease the size and complexity of your setup, while expanding your system's effects and modeling capabilities.
Optional expression pedal and footswitch.

Connect an optional FP02 expression pedal to G3 and control effect parameters such as wah, pitch shift, volume, drive gain, modulation rate and delay/reverb mix in real time. Use an optional FS01 footswitch to tap the tempo used for the drum machine, looper and effects. You can also use an FS01 to mute the Delay/Reverb input or turn Delay Hold on or off.

Free Edit&Share software for Mac/PC.
Zoom's Edit&Share software, which is available as a free download for G3, allows you to create, edit and save your personalized amp and effect settings on your computer. Use its "radar charts" to access visual representations of each preset's tone characteristics, amp/effect sorting feature to easily locate your sounds and drag-and-drop options to rearrange patches for editing purposes. With Edit&Share, you can download the latest patches online, as well as share your patches with others.

Runs on batteries, AC adapter or USB power.
G3 can operate on three different power sources: AC adaptor (included), batteries or USB bus power when plugged into your computer. Four AA/LR6 alkaline batteries provide over six hours of continuous playing. Whether on stage or in the studio, G3 gives you reliable power options.

FEATURES
  • Three large LCD displays with intuitive amp and stompbox interface
  • 13 amp or 94 stompbox models can be used in any combination
  • Over 100 built-in ZFX-IV DSP effects
  • Create and store up to 100 original tones
  • USB audio interface for DAW recording
  • Looper function with 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing
  • Integrated drum machine and auto-chromatic tuner
  • Balanced XLR output and selectable modes for DI use
  • Includes Edit&Share and Steinberg Sequal LE recording software

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SPECIFICATIONS

G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper

  • Effect Types: 107
    Simultaneous Effects: 3
    Patch Memory: 10 patches x 10 banks
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz
    A/D Conversion: 24bit, 128times over-sampling
    D/A Conversion: 24bit, 128times over-sampling
    Signal Processsing: 32bit floating point and 32bit fixed point
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz + 1.0dB, -3.0dB (10kÎ load)
    Display: LCD — 3
    Input: 1/4'' phone jack
    Rated input level: -20dBm
    Input impedance: 1MÎ
    ACTIVE/PASSIVE (Switch selectable)
    Output: R 1/4'' phone jack
    Maximum output level: +5dBm (Output load impedance: 10kÎ or higher)
    L/Mono/Phone: 1/4'' stereo phone jack (LINE / PHONES)
    Maximum output level: [LINE] +5dBm (Output load impedance: 10kÎ or higher), [PHONES] 20mW + 20mW into 32Î load
    Balanced Output XLR jack
    Output impedance: 100Î(HOT-GND, COLD-GND), 200Î(HOT-COLD)
    PRE / POST (Switch selectable)
    GND LIFT (Switch selectable)
    Control Input: For FP02 / FS01
    USB: Audio Interface: 16bit / 44.1kHz
    Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X v10.4/10.5/10.6
    S/N: 120dB
    Noise Floor ˆ’100dBm
    Power: AC adapter DC9V/Center negative/500mA (ZOOM AD-16)
    Batteries: AA/LR6 battery x 4
    Battery Life: 6 hours (with alkaline batteries)
    USB Bus power
    Dimensions: 170 (D) x 234 (W) x 54 (H) mm
    Weight: 1.2kg (without batteries)
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ZoomG3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper
 
4.5

(based on 38 reviews)

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    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (23)
  • Compact (20)
  • Excellent sound quality (20)
  • Versatile (20)
  • Responsive (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (17)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Performances (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Novice (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Whole Studio of FX in One Pedal.

Chasing tone for years always a challenge. Found the G3 after loving the Zoom R8. The Zoom R8 multitask recorder came with many fx and this is where I discovered how good Zoom fx...Read complete review

Chasing tone for years always a challenge. Found the G3 after loving the Zoom R8. The Zoom R8 multitask recorder came with many fx and this is where I discovered how good Zoom fx have evolved thru the years. They have become closer emulations of tube circuitry. The Tube Gains have become realistic and more dynamic than ever. What makes the pedal a standout is what Zoom calls the Sigmoid Curve Clipper in their Tube emulator knob which is part of every amp. It really pumps up lively gain in a very realistic way. I believe it improves all the amps included and even rivals and improves some from the original amps. I prefer using the Diezel amp and the Big Drive which emulates a Mesa Boogie and the FD Combo which is a Twin and all the Fender emulations are really good. But most of the true tone comes to life when using all the many boosters and overdrives and distortions all of which sound completely different in front of each amp emulation. The FD Combo set flat with a Diezel Cab seems to do great classic rock distortion and this is how many pedals evolved, for this amp in particular. Also the Marshall Emulation makes distortions overdrives and boosters sound like my old Marshall Stack. The Metal World tone is unbelievable and Zooms own Extreme Distortion is tough to beat. I have tube amps but have always known that tube amps never have and never will do the best job at full throttle distortion as the bass gets flubby when cranked. Tubes excel at bluesy tones and crunchy rhythm and leads. But they are heavy and a real pain to move around and have inconsistent sound. The dream is to get tube tone with a solid state and it is getting darn close and some sounds are actually better than tube amp tone. I A/B them a lot. Many times surpassing the tones I try to immitate. Gotta keep this pedal alive it really needs to become a staple pedal and stay in production The Free Edit and Share software makes this pedal a real gem to edit. A whole studios worth of Fx pedals in one

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Updated opinion

The really sad part of the story was Samsontech. I rushed the pedal to them hoping they would send me out another on the quick. I mean, 60 days old, professional...Read complete review

The really sad part of the story was Samsontech. I rushed the pedal to them hoping they would send me out another on the quick. I mean, 60 days old, professional musician...seems they should have jumped on that. After a few nice emails I was told it would take 3-4 weeks to be reviewed, tested and REPAIRED!!! It's been 3 weeks, still haven't heard anything. I've already purchased new pedals, had to, I gig every weekend. If and when they finally get around to sending me something I'll probably sell it. Wanna buy a refurb G3 cheap?
My last review was pretty positive but I now have to update that. While the things I wrote are true I have to write that shortly after my MF 45 day warranty ended the pedal failed completely. At a gig, during the soundcheck-pffft!-no output. The pedal was still lit up and the tuner received the signal but there was no output signal. I played the gig without any effects...not happy. Thank God the Carvin V3's sound held up on it's own. More below.
Anything that fails after 2 months...without abuse...stored properly. Well that's pretty bad.
If it doesn't work it has no value, yes?

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic deal and a great Looper Pedal!

By TamDFra

from Portsmouth, OH

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

    Fantastic looper pedal and reasonably priced!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy one NOW!!! Don't waste life thinking about it, own it!!

    By PipeLayinPro

    from New Bavaria, Antartica

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

      I hesitated buying one, due to a few reviews criticizing its high gain amp modeling. I did a little tweaking of parameters, using my Hamer Korina Standard w/ Dimebucker & 59N, and input #2 on a Fender Princeton-65 1x12" Combo w/Original Speaker, I nearly soiled my shorts when I played the Krank Revolution sim. Drop-B chugs are spine-snapping, brutal beauty. The Fender sims. make my Telecaster give the Twangy-tingles. Operation can be a little complicated at first, read the manual, download Edit&Share and you will love it if you have un-biased ears and time to tweak the tones.

      (27 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Whole Studio of FX in One Pedal.

      By Marky Mark

      from Pittsburgh PA

      See all my reviews

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

        Chasing tone for years always a challenge. Found the G3 after loving the Zoom R8. The Zoom R8 multitask recorder came with many fx and this is where I discovered how good Zoom fx have evolved thru the years. They have become closer emulations of tube circuitry. The Tube Gains have become realistic and more dynamic than ever. What makes the pedal a standout is what Zoom calls the Sigmoid Curve Clipper in their Tube emulator knob which is part of every amp. It really pumps up lively gain in a very realistic way. I believe it improves all the amps included and even rivals and improves some from the original amps. I prefer using the Diezel amp and the Big Drive which emulates a Mesa Boogie and the FD Combo which is a Twin and all the Fender emulations are really good. But most of the true tone comes to life when using all the many boosters and overdrives and distortions all of which sound completely different in front of each amp emulation. The FD Combo set flat with a Diezel Cab seems to do great classic rock distortion and this is how many pedals evolved, for this amp in particular. Also the Marshall Emulation makes distortions overdrives and boosters sound like my old Marshall Stack. The Metal World tone is unbelievable and Zooms own Extreme Distortion is tough to beat. I have tube amps but have always known that tube amps never have and never will do the best job at full throttle distortion as the bass gets flubby when cranked. Tubes excel at bluesy tones and crunchy rhythm and leads. But they are heavy and a real pain to move around and have inconsistent sound. The dream is to get tube tone with a solid state and it is getting darn close and some sounds are actually better than tube amp tone. I A/B them a lot. Many times surpassing the tones I try to immitate. Gotta keep this pedal alive it really needs to become a staple pedal and stay in production The Free Edit and Share software makes this pedal a real gem to edit. A whole studios worth of Fx pedals in one

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Superb all round pedal

        By Guitar Steve

        from Skegness

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Extremely easy for live use
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Great for recording
        • Solidly made
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • D.I. out is a little hot for recording

        Best Uses

        • Jamming Tool
        • live performance
        • Recording

        Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

        I use this Live either straight into the mixing desk or into a recorder. I haven't needed to use my amp since buying this unit. I play everything from Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock, Soul and country and with a little careful planning of the 3 pedals I got every sound I needed. From chorus on jazz, Marshall breaking up for blues and tube screamer for rock. I found the volume needed turning down to about 25% as the output is extremely high. using the unit live is amazingly simplistic and you can make adjustments on the fly and store them at the end of the gig to hone your sounds.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is my second Zoom G3

        By Joe

        from New Jersey

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

          I'll explain why I'm on my second one...the first one was used for over 400 gigs over the last few years (plus practice) One of the top buttons was starting to go, so I figured it was time for a new one. I backed up all my patches to the computer, and I now have them on my new one. Really good amp sims, effects and looper. Zoom killed it on the G3.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice Combination of Effects

          By Rich

          from USA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

            I Use it for recording at home. Don't know what the pro's might think but I like it a lot. Really like the Edit & Share program to organize patches. Would however like to see Zoom sponsor a location to share patches.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A lot of features in an affordable package!

            By David

            from undisclosed

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper:

            I play guitar as well as bass and was looking for an affordable FX unit that's easy to "program" & easy to use. I use a Zoom B3 for my bass and like the features so I thought i'd look into the G3.
            There was no learning curve for me since I pretty much had a handle on how to pick and tweak the settings that I wanted. One great feature on the V2 upgrade is the ability to chain 6 FX together as opposed to just 3 on V1 and on the B3. I only use it as a multi stomp box and don't use the amp or speaker simulations.
            Things I like the most:
            Nice tuner with bright indicator lights
            Ability to chain up to 6 FX at a time
            Good sounding FX for what I need
            Nice price (I bought a scratch & dent unit for a crazy good price)
            Summary:
            Can you buy a better unit? Of course....but it will cost a whole lot more.
            If you're on a budget, the G3 really delivers so check it out.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I like it

            By Wes

            from MN

            About Me Novice

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

              Wanted something that could give me a bunch of effects without buying multiple pedals. I wanted to be able to get an overdriven sound and distortion and a few other effects to play around with. I like the simple interface. It's like 3 stomp boxes next to each other. I only want a few effects so it's perfect for me. The effects sound good in my opinion. I'm a novice with an electric, but happy with the effects I was after.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This is my 2nd unit. 1st got run over by a car!

              By JQ

              from New jersey

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

                  You can tweak the effects on the fly Without having to save. One caution: if you want a specific effect to dominate when you activate it, make sure you either set it first in a multi effect setup or make sure when activate it that it's volume level is higher than the other activated effects

                  (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Hours and hours of fun

                  By JJ

                  from Austin, TX

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

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                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • FUN
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Tough To Switch Patches

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

                  It does just about everything I expected it would, and does most of it well. Some notes:

                  * The sound of the G3 is significantly different from the older (pre-G2Nu) Zoom models that I've used. It's more serious and less fantastical.

                  * The programming of the G3 is significantly different from previous Zoom pedals that I've used. Whereas the older pedals had pre-defined slots, each with its own predefined effects to choose from, the G3 has 6 slots into which any effect can be put, in any order. There are some combinations that exceed its processing capabilities, but I haven't encountered any of them yet.

                  * There are several dual-effects, such as delay+reverb and compressor+overdrive, which are not as flexible as their individual counterparts but do allow you to increase the total number of effects by putting two effects into one slot if things get tight. To me, this is a very well-thought-out compromise.

                  * I'm not all that interested in authentic amp tones, so I've got no comment on how well it does with respect to that. I like the amp models that it has, though.

                  * Changing patches is more difficult than it should be, in my opinion; enough so that I consider this a serious liability in live situations where you need to change patches quickly and often. If you're using it more like a pedal board, just turning individual effects on and off, it may be more intuitive but being primarily a multi-fx user, that's not what I'm used to doing.

                  * Although the picture on the website shows the original G3 (which can be updated to v2), the unit I received was a G3v2. The difference between the two hardware-wise is trivial (some labels changed) but software-wise v2 is a serious improvement. Like 6-effects-at-once-instead-of-just-3 serious.

                  * I would highly recommend using the free patch management software, if possible. It makes creating, editing, managing, and (sadly) switching patches much, much easier.

                  * The looper is very usable for practicing. I don't use loopers in any other context so I don't know how well it would work live, for example.

                  * I think that this is an excellent value for the price.

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