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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