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Overview

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

Zoom’s G3 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator combines the ease of a stompbox pedalboard 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 pedalboard.
G3 is perfect for use in combination with traditional stompboxes. By adding a G3 to your pedalboard, 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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G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper Specifications:

  • 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 (10kΩ load)
  • Display: LCD × 3
  • Input: 1/4'' phone jack
  • Rated input level: -20dBm
  • Input impedance: 1MΩ
  • ACTIVE/PASSIVE (Switch selectable)
  • Output: R 1/4'' phone jack
  • Maximum output level: +5dBm (Output load impedance: 10kΩ or higher)
  • L/Mono/Phone: 1/4'' stereo phone jack (LINE / PHONES)
  • Maximum output level: [LINE] +5dBm (Output load impedance: 10kΩ or higher), [PHONES] 20mW + 20mW into 32Ω load
  • Balanced Output XLR jack
  • Output impedance: 100Ω(HOT-GND, COLD-GND), 200Ω(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 −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 27 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (15)
  • Compact (14)
  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Responsive (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (10)
    • Home studio (10)
    • Performances (10)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Professional recording (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    good sound good prize

    zoom g3 is really nice digital effect. it's really good because it's like you have so many stompboxes and put in into one nice box.

    the sound is really...Read complete review

    zoom g3 is really nice digital effect. it's really good because it's like you have so many stompboxes and put in into one nice box.

    the sound is really good, i use it through 2 amp, left and right. the ping pong delay, stereo delay, stereo chorusing is really nice. i can producing a really wide guitar sound. the other fx is sound really good too, except the distortion pedal and the amp simulator, i don't really like the way it sound, i prefer to use distortion stompbox that i like.

    "control in" function is really nice, i use my footswitch, to control tap tempo of my delay, and vibrato sometimes, i usually use it for hold the delay, to keep a sustaining bass note for soloing. and sometimes i use it for mute input delay, just like boss dd 20. you can also use expression pedal. it can control almost every fx and every control in the fx.

    the loop function is really good too, you can practicing anywhere, when you get a travel, you can use zoom g3 as your practicing friend. because, in zoom g3, there are some rhythm that you can jam with. you can also use your headphone through zoom g3, so you don't need use an amp or any active speaker any more. so practical..
    and of course you don't need to spend your money too much because this unit is affordable..

    conclusion is, i recommend this fx so much, :D

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not for recording

    I should say up front that I wanted the G3 for recording hi gain tones direct. The amp sounds on the G3 are ok, but not as good as the POD xt or POD...Read complete review

    I should say up front that I wanted the G3 for recording hi gain tones direct. The amp sounds on the G3 are ok, but not as good as the POD xt or POD x3 in my opinion. The tones are not as realistic, and sound more fizzy than the PODs. High gain tones are always tricky for amp sims, and after getting the firmware upgrade and spending 2 weeks tweeking, the sounds are still just ok for practice, but not for serious recording. For example,The Tube Screamer effect has a sort of half closed wah wah tone that sounds very irritating when listening to it in a mix. To me, nothing sounds usable.
    After getting the firmware upgrade, I now have a constant reverb on every sound, almost like a default effect, I emailed the company almost a week ago to find out how I can turn it off, and have yet to hear back from them. It does seem to be built solid and would probably be gig worthy, which brings me to one of it's good qualities;
    it's much more realistic sounding in front of an amp. Going into the front of my Marshall I managed to get a couple of decent tones with the G3's stompboxes. The noise gate also works well cutting out the 60 cycle hum from my p90 pickups, but like I said, it's not so great going direct into a recorder.

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    4.0

    Great all in one box.

    By CNY SCOTT

    from Syracuse, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper:

    Love this box! Im so dissapointed that the small buttons on top dont work after a year or two of use!
    The noise gate is awesome. I have noisy P90's and I hear no hum using my Zoom G3! The layout and shape and size is great, it fits in my Fender gig bag!
    IF THE BUTTONS WERE OF BETTER QUALITY AND THE PHASER WAS BETTER, I WOULD GIVE IT 5 STARS.

    ZOOM PLEASE MAKE YOUR SMALL BUTTONS BETTER!

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    5.0

    Cool Tool tht works well

    By Blues Rocker

    from Panama City Beach FL

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper:

        All the sounds are very authentic and editable - the amp models I use sound great. I regret that i will only use it to about 1% of it's capacity but it's doing all I need it to do.

        the amp mods will make a solid state amp sound like a tube amp.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not a good pedal for live performing

        By Guido

        from Fairfax,Va

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Not Responsive
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper:

        Very disapointed, and ended up buying the Digitech 355 100% better. Easier to use and a wide varietu of sounds ans effects

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Really like it

        By snhutch

        from Thousand Oaks, CA

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Fast Noise Gate
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Great Range Of Effects
        • Low Noise
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Hobbyist
          • Home Studio
          • Live Sound
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper:

          I picked up a used one, upgraded it to v2 immediately. Super easy. The preset patches are mostly useless, but they give you ideas. The real power is when connected to the PC and editing patches at will (I am considering buying a cheap laptop just to take with me when performing). The USB interface is way more intuitive and easier to use than when not connected. However, setting up patches and recalling them later when performing is useful and easy. Love the tuner. I would recommend.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Value

          By Flincho

          from Crystal, MN

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Great value
          • Simple To Program

          Cons

          • 16 Bit Usb Audio
          • No Foot Tap Tempo

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper:

          Excellent product, even before considering the low price.

          Sounds can be dialed in quite easily, with all of the parameters quickly accessible via the front knobs and buttons. The computer editing software is easy to download and use as well.

          Note that Musician's Friend sent me the older version of this unit, so I had to upgrade the firmware to access 6 simultaneous effects (as opposed to 3) and some newer amp models. That said, upgrading to the current firmware was painless and glitch-free.

          The harmonizer/synth effects have a little lag when playing quickly, but otherwise I found all the effects to be useful.

          Recording direct via USB works fine into Cakewalk Sonar X2. Note that the USB audio is 16 bit.

          I have not tried this in a live situation yet but it looks like it would fit nicely on my pedal board.

          There is a tap tempo button on the front, but you'll need an external control pedal/switch to do it with your foot.

          Overall I'm extremely pleased with this. I've had many of the low/mid-range amp/effect hardware modelers (Johnson, Boss, Line 6, etc.), as well as several software modelers, and this has been my favorite so far.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          super easy to use

          By uncleG

          from Orange Ca

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          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper:

            Almost all the manufactures have good sounding effects nowdays.What sets Zoom apart is that it is the easiest to use.I have the G3 the G5 and MultiStomp,each with its own merits and well worth it.
            What prompted me to add to the rest of the reviews is the fact that Zoom has a nice upgrade software for the G3. The softwware download was almost as easy as the pedal. Now I have 6 effects useable at the same time and for free! They could have only had this on new models, they had my cash already. Now I'm not only empressed with the product but also the service THANKS ZOOM!

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing little Unit.

            By PastorYusuk

            from Raleigh, NC

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Church worship
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper:

              *Make sure you upgrade the firmware! It allows you to use up to 6 stompboxes/amps in a row!

              This unit is replacing my old pedal board. It sounds just as nice as my hand picked OCDed out analog pedal board, but costs about 1/5 the price and is about 10 times more portable/convenient.

              It took about 5 minutes to learn how to use (after I upgraded the firmware... which was the first thing I did). Very easy, intuitive.

              Using it with the amp models, it's great to run directly into the sound system or practice (along with the drum machine, and YOURSELF (the looper)) with headphones. The sound is crystal clear (very little background noise) yet not overly "digital" (I'm very OCD when it comes to sound). Definitely NOT microphonic (like the older Zoom pedals)

              Used purely for effects, it sounds AWESOME running through my Blues Jr.

              I've also used it as a DI Box for my acoustic. It's no LR Baggs, but it does the job very well (and you can add subtle effects too).

              All in all, this is one the better purchases I have made in regards to musical instruments. (And I've bought ALOT of stuff).

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              good sound good prize

              By Giovanni

              from indonesia

              About Me Novice

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • 6 Fx At Same Time
              • Balance Out
              • Compact Design
              • Control In Function
              • Metal Case
              • Really Good Modulation
              • Share Edit
              • Stereo Out
              • Stompbox Simulator
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Distortion Is Bad

              Best Uses

              • Delay
              • Modulation Fx
              • Reverb

              Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper:

              zoom g3 is really nice digital effect. it's really good because it's like you have so many stompboxes and put in into one nice box.

              the sound is really good, i use it through 2 amp, left and right. the ping pong delay, stereo delay, stereo chorusing is really nice. i can producing a really wide guitar sound. the other fx is sound really good too, except the distortion pedal and the amp simulator, i don't really like the way it sound, i prefer to use distortion stompbox that i like.

              "control in" function is really nice, i use my footswitch, to control tap tempo of my delay, and vibrato sometimes, i usually use it for hold the delay, to keep a sustaining bass note for soloing. and sometimes i use it for mute input delay, just like boss dd 20. you can also use expression pedal. it can control almost every fx and every control in the fx.

              the loop function is really good too, you can practicing anywhere, when you get a travel, you can use zoom g3 as your practicing friend. because, in zoom g3, there are some rhythm that you can jam with. you can also use your headphone through zoom g3, so you don't need use an amp or any active speaker any more. so practical..
              and of course you don't need to spend your money too much because this unit is affordable..

              conclusion is, i recommend this fx so much, :D

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not for recording

              By Nick 11

              from New York City

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • In Front Of Amp

              Cons

              • Recording

              Best Uses

                Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper:

                I should say up front that I wanted the G3 for recording hi gain tones direct. The amp sounds on the G3 are ok, but not as good as the POD xt or POD x3 in my opinion. The tones are not as realistic, and sound more fizzy than the PODs. High gain tones are always tricky for amp sims, and after getting the firmware upgrade and spending 2 weeks tweeking, the sounds are still just ok for practice, but not for serious recording. For example,The Tube Screamer effect has a sort of half closed wah wah tone that sounds very irritating when listening to it in a mix. To me, nothing sounds usable.
                After getting the firmware upgrade, I now have a constant reverb on every sound, almost like a default effect, I emailed the company almost a week ago to find out how I can turn it off, and have yet to hear back from them. It does seem to be built solid and would probably be gig worthy, which brings me to one of it's good qualities;
                it's much more realistic sounding in front of an amp. Going into the front of my Marshall I managed to get a couple of decent tones with the G3's stompboxes. The noise gate also works well cutting out the 60 cycle hum from my p90 pickups, but like I said, it's not so great going direct into a recorder.

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Good in front of an amp, but not direct.

                By rocker747

                from Boston

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Good Selection Of Effects

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal and Looper:

                    I bought the G3 hoping to replace my pod HD. While the pod hd sounds great, I dislike the editing process of the amps and effects on the unit as the screen is so small.

                    I returned the G3 after a few days because I could not get the same quality of sounds as on the pod. That's not to say it sounded bad, just not as real to me even with EQ and some of the other effects that are supposed to help.

                    I should say that I am using the pod or G3 as a recording device. This matters as I think the G3 does much better in front of an amp as an effects unit (not modeller).

                    I really loved the process of editing on the G3. I also liked their looper. The unit is very easy to use.

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