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Zoom G3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal   

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Zoom's G3X Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal combines the ease of a stompbox pedal board with the power of a multi-effects processor and USB aud...Read More

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Three Stomps. One Pedal.

Zoom's G3X Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal combines the ease of a stompbox pedal board with the power of a multi-effects processor and USB audio interface. The G3X also features a new built-in expression pedal for added tone manipulation. With complete control over both individual effects and amp modeling, you can change your tones on the fly in both stage and studio settings.

The G3X offers three large LCD displays and corresponding footswitches that form a graphical interface, allowing you to utilize up to six 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.

FEATURES
  • Three large LCD displays with intuitive amp and stompbox interface
  • 22 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
  • Looper function with 40 seconds of phrase recording and overdubbing
  • Integrated drum machine and auto-chromatic tuner
  • USB audio interface for DAW recording
  • Balanced XLR output and selectable modes for DI use
  • Over six hours of operation using four AA batteries/USB bus power (AC adapter included)

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ZoomG3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal
 
4.6

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (17)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Compact (14)
  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Responsive (12)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Performances (14)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent pedal for the money

I use this in my home studio going into a Roland RC 300 looper driving either a Roland KC110 keyboard amp or an EV ZLX12P speaker. First the build quality is solid, metal...Read complete review

I use this in my home studio going into a Roland RC 300 looper driving either a Roland KC110 keyboard amp or an EV ZLX12P speaker. First the build quality is solid, metal case, decent construction.

Second, features. I like the fact that this can be used on battery. I play events where there is no electrical outlets available and using this with the Roland KC110 is great. It has good battery life so far, I get about 4 hours playing time on a fresh set of rechargeable AAs (note that the batteries are relatively new set). There are tons of effects to choose from, and the interface is by far the easiest to use that I've tried. I like the fact that you can turn on/off 3 of the effects at a time and can scroll to the other 3 (6 effects max). The unit has a small stage footprint and can use a separate foot pedal that can be programmed for volume control. The onboard wah pedal works good, but I would be cautious about over tightening the pedal. I just left mine factory cherry. I had to return the first one that I got because there was a clicking in the gears ( I bet someone over tightened it??).

Now for the sound. Some of the factory presets are bad... surprise, surprise... but quite a lot of them are good once you adjust them to your setup. There is not a lot of noise, though there is some on presets that use high gain with a single coil pickup. I use an Fender American Strat or a Fender Lone Star (older model with the Seamore Duncan humbucker and Texas Special single coil pickups), both sound great with the pedal. I noticed that I did have to turn down the main output as I was overdriving my input to the looper. I haven't gone into a mixer to see what the actual levels were, but make sure that you turn the main output down in the Global setting menu before you hook up to an amp to test. Overall, I'm highly impressed with the sound.

Overall, I think that in the price range, this is the best pedal for the money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

G3X Multi EFX Review

This a great little muti Efx box loaded with great features, it's built like a tank and the perfect size to fit in my Protec Contego gig bag. But I just could not get...Read complete review

This a great little muti Efx box loaded with great features, it's built like a tank and the perfect size to fit in my Protec Contego gig bag. But I just could not get a warm/fat enough tone out of it to keep it. I have it's twin the B3 for bass that I use all the time and purchased the G3X on the strenght of the sound of the B3, but was sadly disappointment. Your results may vary, still a good box but a bit sterile for me.

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4.0

Works as expected

By B

from NY

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Zoom G3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

A pedal that tries to do everything is always a bit of a pain. Too much to tweak. For the money, it's a good buy but I hear a new one is being beta tested.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Multi FX With Best Tube Sim

By Marky Mark

from Pittsburgh PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Zoom G3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

    Have been chasing tone for years and stumbled upon a guitar fx inside of the Zoom R8 Multitrack Recorder. It was named DZ. I Researched it and found out DZ stood for the real life super expensive 3 stage gain High End Diezel Amp. The sound was too good to be true. After finding out that this amp was included in the G3 it was a must that I seek it out and see if it was the same amp SIM. Sure enough it was. This amp is my definition of all that an amp should be. It has a gain that goes from clean to distorted and the progression is smooth and natural. There is a tube control in each amp. Zoom calls it a sigmoid curve clipper. It is so good. As you turn it up it actually acts like tube compression and I mean altering tube dynamics. I have found that most guitarists are not interested tweaking all that much but this a true art form and is very rewarding. The Diezel amp is like a 5150 or Soldano Marshall or Mesa Boogie in sound quality. There are other great amps but this was my favorite and with the built in graphic EQ I can emulate most amps that I like or hear.The FD combo amp is an emulation of a Fender Twin and it is darn good. When cranking gain it becomes extremely lively. I rate it as the best tube emulator no doubt. Since you can have 6 effects in any order there are no limits on what you can get out of this pedal. I believe the emulation are very accurate and most amps are usually enhanced by pedals in front of them. So it is important to try different boost and overdrive pedal Sims just like a real life setup. I used the Acoustic SIM thru the FD twin with a mild phase to get a very convincing Acoustic sound. The Marshall amps are great.The Free software from Zoom Edit and Share is such a nice and easy program and visually exciting to see pedals that look like pedals...not boxes. Find a clean preset on your amp at its loudest volume. Run music that you like thru the pedal and create a hi fidelity sound on your amp. Once you have a good setting everything works

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Yes! I would recommend to a friend.

    By DD

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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 Zoom G3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

      This is a well built unit with plenty of quality effects. I play outdoors and it's nice to have a durable and portable unit with versatility and easy to use.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A box full of effects.

      By Rockerduck

      from Marietta, Ga.

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      Verified Buyer

      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 Zoom G3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

        Intuitive and easy to use.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This thing is Neanderthal-easy to program w/ Excellent tone!

        By Muzik Man

        from South Carolina

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom G3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

          As a "weekend warrior" gigging musician, I needed a new pedal board to replace my old XTLive POD that finally died after 12 years (also a MF purchase!). Checking reviews, I felt pretty confident ordering it and this thing exceeds my expectations! The phrase "so easy a caveman can do it" comes to mind. I literally received it, set up a bank of effects and played a gig within two hours! My picky soundman even told me at the end of the night "don't ever get rid of that pedal-board, it's your new secret sauce". Already tweaking and adding more patches - thanks MF and ZOOM for such a great product and such an easy purchasing process!

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Best multi effects unit in this price range,Versatile.

          By John S

          from Tampa Bay,Florida

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Basically I don't care for the TS and RAT pedals
          • Difficult to access patch and effects.
          • Harsh,synthetic amp and distortion tones.

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Zoom G3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

          I do really like this product.It takes up little space on a pedalboard,able to dial in usable patches straight into my Fender and Marshall tube amps.Has tons of effects,the reverbs and delays I really like.The Fender amp models sound really good and are a great platform for pedals.Records great straight to a computer.Some of the pedals sound bad to me though...The Tube Screamer is very midrangey and honky sounding(boxey)..The RAT sounds thin and harsh.I'm a gigging musician and without the ability to scroll up and down or side to side during a performance is tough with this unit,but I'm going to fix that via an "Ashbass" mod available on the internet.It's easy to get a handle on this unit pretty quick,though you have to dial the gain back on most of the overdriven/distortion presets..There are multiple volume areas in the unit that need to be balanced in menus of global,total,and the actual preset volumes.I'll probably just run a few pedals in front of mine and use the effects and not the amp/cab models.You can program 6 effects at a time in a chain,but you can only view 3 on the unit until you scroll left or right to see those other 3.I Like the unit and it will replace a fairly large pedalboard I've been using,plus will do away with alot of cables and adapters.This was unit was offered at 20% off...Great unit for the price.Personally I don't feel anything else can touch it in this price range.I tryed the Digitech RP1000 but returned it for this unit because it sounded terrible through my amps.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent pedal for the money

          By Biker Bob

          from Sherwood, AR.

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Battery Operation
          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Build Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • USB audio interface

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Zoom G3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

            I use this in my home studio going into a Roland RC 300 looper driving either a Roland KC110 keyboard amp or an EV ZLX12P speaker. First the build quality is solid, metal case, decent construction.

            Second, features. I like the fact that this can be used on battery. I play events where there is no electrical outlets available and using this with the Roland KC110 is great. It has good battery life so far, I get about 4 hours playing time on a fresh set of rechargeable AAs (note that the batteries are relatively new set). There are tons of effects to choose from, and the interface is by far the easiest to use that I've tried. I like the fact that you can turn on/off 3 of the effects at a time and can scroll to the other 3 (6 effects max). The unit has a small stage footprint and can use a separate foot pedal that can be programmed for volume control. The onboard wah pedal works good, but I would be cautious about over tightening the pedal. I just left mine factory cherry. I had to return the first one that I got because there was a clicking in the gears ( I bet someone over tightened it??).

            Now for the sound. Some of the factory presets are bad... surprise, surprise... but quite a lot of them are good once you adjust them to your setup. There is not a lot of noise, though there is some on presets that use high gain with a single coil pickup. I use an Fender American Strat or a Fender Lone Star (older model with the Seamore Duncan humbucker and Texas Special single coil pickups), both sound great with the pedal. I noticed that I did have to turn down the main output as I was overdriving my input to the looper. I haven't gone into a mixer to see what the actual levels were, but make sure that you turn the main output down in the Global setting menu before you hook up to an amp to test. Overall, I'm highly impressed with the sound.

            Overall, I think that in the price range, this is the best pedal for the money.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Best in the price range

            By Biker Bob

            from Sherwood, AR.

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Battery powered
            • Comes with a power supply
            • Effects can be turned off
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Factory presets

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Zoom G3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

            Sounds great after you've tweaked some of the factory presets to match your setup. I'm using a pair of Electrovoice ZLX 12P speakers with a keyboard, and vocal mics running into a mixer and this pedal works fine in that layout. By far this is the easiest multieffect pedal to program that I've tried. I also like the battery power option and the USB audio interface with Cubase LE8. Tons of effects to choose from, some better than others. The amp models sound good, granted I've not played through but a couple of the real McCoys. I have a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and a Hot Rod Deville and the pedal sounds great into the power amp input of both. I just have been using PA speakers for the full range of sound with keyboard and vocals. I think that this is the best multieffect pedal in the price range. Hey, it's not a high $$ pedal board, but it sounds good and has a lot to offer in a live situation. It has a small stage footprint, you can turn on/off individual EFX on the fly, metal chassis and good build quality (seems like). Overall this pedal is worth the $$ in my humble opinion.

            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Better than it's counterparts

            By Jrblockhead

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Zoom G3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

              If you're reading this then you probably have a budget at or around 200$ for a multi effects pedal. That being said, look no further.

              Incredibly versatile, it may not have perfect amp simulation but with enough fiddling you can manage to get just about any tone you want. For the price and the category that it's in (Boss me25, digitech rp60 etc) it is unbeatable. Wide range of effects, easy programming, very responsive.

              That's all I should have to tell you, I mean the specs are like a small scroll away. So you know what it does, and it does it well for what it is.

              (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not the best

              By fingers

              from Perronville, MI

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Paper weight

              Comments about Zoom G3X Guitar Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

              I was very disappointed with this machine. The patches only switch up or down and you can't adjust them from that screen. This machine would never work on stage. Also, the sound is no where as good as advertised. If you have this machine and think it performs like the amp it is modeled after, you have never played through the real thing. Not to be all negative, the clean settings are very nice, and the FX sound quite nice when run that way. I ran in multiple configurations; direct amp, Pa, line in, fx loop... When amp modeled, None sounded genuine! The looper is also a pain in the butt to use and you can't slow down a loop. All-in-all, not worth the effort. Spend a bit more and get a good processor, not a grainy imitation. Musicians Friend has sold me some great gear in the past, just not this one.

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