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Multi Pedals

posted Oct 27, 2013 15:27:38 by MichaelWamback
I was looking for a fun multi-pedal to take with me on the go. I wanted something portable enough to toss in my backpack, battery powered so I could take it to the park, and yet with a lot of powerful features. After a lot of research, I settled on the Zoom G3 - and wow, is it awesome!



Between the pedal choices and amp models, you get 100 different effects. You can select up to 6 at a time, with 3 of them being switchable using the stomp pedals. You can set up the chain in either direction, which is cool. The sound is amazing, but it's some of the added features that sold me.

The looper on this thing is an impressive 40 seconds. You can lay down some really nice rhythm for practicing your lead. There are 40 different drum rhythms to play with as well.

This is a solid piece of working gear. The casing is all metal, and very durable. Everything just feels really solid with it.

I particularly like that you can adjust each effect with the analog type dials. No menus to scroll through - making it very user friendly.

The battery life on the Zoom G3 is very good. I get about 5 or 6 hours of playing time from a cheap set of department store batteries (it takes 4xAA batteries.) That's better than my cell phone for God sake!

This thing could easily take the place of your pedal board, but for taking camping or to the beach - it's absolutely perfect. You can plug it into an amp or board, or just use headphones for when you want to jam late at night and not piss off the neighbors.

It also comes in a model with an attached expression pedal. I opted against that for a couple of reasons. If anything were to break first, it would be the expression pedal - and if I had gotten that, then it wouldn't have fit in my backpack. You can always attach a separate expression pedal, or use a stereo volume pedal (they tend to be less expensive.)

Here's a link to Guitar World's review of the Zoom G3. (This was an early review. The original firmware allowed for only 3 effects. When they updated the software, they added the ability to select up to 6 by replacing the function of one of the buttons and reprogramming it as a scroll feature for the effects. You connect to your computer with a USB 2.0 cable to update the software. You can also store backups of your patches on your computer or share them with friends. When plugged into your laptop, the USB powers the pedal, so you don't use battery life. You will also want to visit the Zoom website and download the Edit & Share software for the pedal.)

Zoom G3 Review

So if you are looking for a great multi-effects pedal that's small in size but powerful in features, give the Zoom G3 a glance. (About $180 new)
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Rob said Nov 27, 2013 15:44:55
One that I had when I started gigging seriously was a Ibanez PUE5. It was a multi effects unit with chorus, delay, compressor, distortion and a effects loop. This thing suited me perfectly, very versatile and all the effects sounded great live! You can do a search and pick one up used.
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MichaelWamback said Nov 27, 2013 23:39:10
I'm a big fan of a lot of the newer multi pedals. You just get so many choices in terms of sound, and it just saves so much space. Not to mention that they are really cost effective.

And there is so many times you spend a decent amount on a traditional pedal that you end up not using, or only now and again.
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Rob said Dec 02, 2013 20:41:59
Great points! I have a damn massive pedal board but the "all in ones", do a great job sometimes! I absolutely HAVE to pick up a PUE5 when I get around to it! I'm starting to do open mic shows and would love to have one. Just put it down, it's pre-programmed and go!
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MichaelWamback said Dec 03, 2013 16:27:37
There is no doubt that the convenience factor is huge. Not a lot of gear to lug around, and the sounds they are producing are really good. This has the ability to save 100 patches, and you can set it to advance forward or back by tapping on the foot switch. You press and hold the left switch to enter that mode, then use the other two foot switches to scroll forward and back. Tapping the left foot switch again brings you back into the mode that allows you to switch your 3 effects off and on with the switches.

If you have a set list, you cold easily pre program it to move through your different patches from song to song - and you can name the patches so it's not confusing.

You can also save and backup your pedal on your computer.

Very handy rig - and perfect for a lot of different applications.

And up to 6 hours of battery life is pretty impressive on 4 regular AA batteries.
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Rob said Dec 06, 2013 17:21:45
That sounds awesome! That was always my goal, to have one unit to perform with that was easy to use. I had one of those RP units in the 90's and it was just too in depth, not that I couldn't handle that, but it just took too much time to mess with. That PUE5 was just perfect for me.
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AndrewWolczyk said May 02, 2014 14:59:08
Hey Michael I've had the Zoom G5 for a while now and am really happy with it. If you are looking for a more advanced board for home use, I can certainly recommend this one!

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MichaelWamback said May 02, 2014 15:40:25
My friend really want's one of these. He said he tried it out and it was awesome.



Zoom makes some fantastic products. I personally prefer them over most of the other multi pedals out there.
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AndrewWolczyk said May 02, 2014 16:03:28
They've really made them simple to use and adjust. The LCD screen method makes it very easy to see what you are doing and to spot which pedal is which.
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MichaelWamback said May 02, 2014 17:27:46
I agree - I find the Zoom pedal the most intuitive to use, compared to the other pedals. The fact that the LCD screen and knob mimics how you adjust a physical pedal makes it a very shallow learning curve. It was very smart of them to do this. But also the sound quality is excellent. And they are a very rugged pedal that will stand up to some abuse. I've dropped mine once or twice, with no harm other than a bit of a scuff on the metal case.
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