TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller  

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The TC Electronic G-System Guitar Effects and Controller achieves total integration of your stage rig with 2 DSP sections providing more than 25 - 24-bit effects, versatile rack or floor-based setup, ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The TC Electronic G-System Guitar Effects and Controller achieves total integration of your stage rig with 2 DSP sections providing more than 25 - 24-bit effects, versatile rack or floor-based setup, flexible effects routing, customizable footswitch layouts, and 4 switchable loops for total preset control with true bypass that keeps your tone intact. A fifth loop permits preamp inserts while the filter section offers touch and manual control. The compression section gives you dynamic control of the filters while 4 relay switches provide remote control of amplifiers and preamps. Extras include 3-band EQ, smooth noise gate, MIDI implementation, and USB port.

Features
  • Multi-effects processor on the floor
  • Up to 9 simultaneous effect
  • Fast and smooth preset changes featuring delay spill-overs
  • 4 switchable mono loops for your favorite effect pedals
  • One additional loop insert point dedicated for preamps
  • 4 x 9V DC outlets for powering your effect pedals
  • USB connection for software updates
  • Ultimate flexibility as the board can be separated allowing you to place GFX01 in a 19" rack while leaving the control board on the floor
  • MIDI for control of additional external MIDI units
  • Connections for 2 expression pedals
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TC ElectronicG-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller
 
4.1

(based on 26 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best system effects period

If you are looking for a great effects system look no further. The Gsystem has everything, it ties all your effects and amp control all from the same foot pedal. It has the...Read complete review

If you are looking for a great effects system look no further. The Gsystem has everything, it ties all your effects and amp control all from the same foot pedal. It has the legendary TC Electronic great sounding effects, and adds to it the ability to loop in 3 different stomp boxes that can be part of the signal chain which can be preset for each patch. This allows you to add a distortion pedal in a preset with out tap dancing. If that all wasn't enough it awill also switch amp channels either by the dedicated footswitch out or via midi. Also TC Electronics keeps updateding the firmware and you can upgrade for free, to keep current.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Repair Costs Over the Top

I love this unit when it works. I like the sounds, the programming, the design. It's a great unit! I have handled it with extreme care and it is built like a...Read complete review

I love this unit when it works. I like the sounds, the programming, the design. It's a great unit! I have handled it with extreme care and it is built like a tank. I have transported it in a padded flight case since I bought it. The display stopped working after approx. 2+ years. TC Electronics requires $350 and a credit card to look at it. They only share their schematics with their authorized repair centers, so choices for service are limited. Their customer service department has not been very helpful or responsive. To me, this is off the charts for a repair, especially when I depend on the unit. I would definitely think twice about buying the G-System unless you either have another one (as a second) or have other pedals to cover for when/if it breaks. If $350 for a repair doesn't make you flinch and you can afford to be without "your sound" for 4-6 weeks until you get your unit back, go for it. As a working musician, I would expect better customer service, a reasonable repair cost and timely response from a manufacturer that designs and sells high-end quality products for professional musicians.

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5.0

Research and patience

By Dat Nguyen

from Reston, Va

Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

Without both you'll be returning this unit like every other guitarist who thinks a new piece of gear is going to make them sound that much better. I've gone through 100's of different rigs over my 25 years of playing and this may or may not last but it's one of the best organized and designed systems I've had the opportunity to work with. If you want a plug and play, buy a line 6 pod. If you want a complex and custom rig the size of a fridge and is a back breaker, with more cables and potential issues, prepare to spend well over $3000 for something comparable. I use this amp with a standard Marshall 2 channel amp and a Hughes and Kettner switchblade 100, both sound great. The effects sound great and it's built extremely well. And it's really not that complicated if you've owned a nicer, higher end effects unit by lexicon or a g force. But do your research and plan on spending a weekend to integrate and set up OR hire someone to set it up for you.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

dont buy

By william travis

from tulsa okla.

Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

this thing is a lesson in futility please don't buy unless you like updating and playing with settings all the time. while it is tc and has great sounds look for something else. I had a digitech rp20 it was much easer to use and user friendly. I replaced it for the g system and what a mistake.use a laptop to name youre offsets and setting. and you will be able to lift youre head up to curb level.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pure Studio Sound at Home and Live

By GuitarMan

from Nashville, TN

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    I have over 45 yrs of playing experience and have used so many brands and pedals I can't name them all.

    My friend had this pedal and long story short, I bought it from him for under a thousand; I have owned it several years now and to my ears, I can say it is beyond anything I have heard OUTSIDE of the studio.

    It's really hard to describe studio sounds, but I'm sure you know what I mean by it and this pedal has it - as I said above, I have NEVER heard this quality outside of a studio but you need to hear it for yourself to really grasp the depth and richness of sounds it has.

    Like I have read in other reviews, my friend said it was a real headache to get it all set up, but, since I bought it used, he had already done ALL of the hard stuff and he showed me how to tweak anything I wanted changed so that was a big help but if you buy it new YT now has numerous how-to's on setting up and modifying it!!

    The versatility of the inputs and outputs along with MIDI control AND the fact that you have all the electrical outputs for your pedals built-in just makes this the dream pedal to have in my humble opinion.

    I would buy it again in a heartbeat!!!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Overly and Unnecessarily Complex

    By MARCOS MIRANDA

    from Leominster, MA

    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    I'm not the one to usually complain but here's a dose of reality when considering the G System. If you think you'll unbox it, read a quick start guide and start jamming think again. I'm hooking my G System to a Mesa Triple Rec and it was a nightmare to get it right. Every necessary hook up and tweak was found after hours of forum research. The owner's manual is very vague and poor on information. Prepare to be very frustrated if you decide to buy one of these. Also, make sure you buy a TRS cable for the relay channel switching. This is another huge disappointment with this unit. And if you're connecting it to a Road King you'll need to invest on an amp gizmo (just under $300). Nothing pleasant here either. If you decide to turn to TC Electronic's tech support you'll probably agree they're by far the worst out there. They just seem not to care. Perhaps because the Bruins beat the Canucks? And lastly, if you have a pedal board you're currently happy with don't get rid of it for the G System. After hours and hours of online learning and tweaking you'll enjoy the final product but it's a painful system to work with. Downloading the G System Editor is a must in order to make your life easier for editing and creating patches. The tones sound nice but it's nothing you can't get out of high quality pedals. The verdict: 2 starts for lack of support and clarity how to use it and 4 starts for overall quality and tone.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A worthwhile piece of equipment...

    By MadDog Boy

    from British Columbia

    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    I bought the G system as a way to simplify my pedal board. Rather than tap dancing from pedal to pedal you can program basically any type of sound that you require. This tool requires alot of tweaking and figuring it out to get it to sound right, but once you do, you will be amazed.
    I use it with two amps in a stereo configuration. Running into both clean channels using the Nova Drive and Blackstar distortion. Then when I want to add more versatility I use the loops from my egnater and mesa boogie roadster and am able to switch between both amps preamps, channel switch the boogie, bring in the distortion pedals for endless tone combinations. I rack mounted my brain and have the pedals in the back. Once you take the time to make everything neat and label the cables, set up is very easy. Check out scott's gsystemvideos on youtube for ideas on how to configure the unit.
    There are just to many to list.!!!
    Like a Tank
    Pricey but compare to all the other pedals you'd need.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The G System eats Boss and Line 6 processors for breakfast

    By Floydish

    from Nevada

    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    The G System is designed for pro touring guitar players looking to manage their complex rigs. The onboard effects of the G System are pristine, studio quality and won't color your tone. The well-made foot controller allows for complete rig management including amp switching and external effects pedal control. The G-System assumes you already play through a great amp so it doesn't try to model one. It allows guitar players to plan their performance by tailoring presets created from a wide variety of internal effects.
    The G System possesses more than most players require. Highly recommended for touring guitar players with large, complex rigs. Be prepared to invest in a good flight case to protect this heavy unit and high quality cables for smooth, quiet operation. Programming the G System takes many hours. For those willing to make a serious commitment in time and money, the G System delivers. The G Systems layout and functionality are truly a thing of beauty.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Exactly what I needed

    By Nick

    from Burke, VA

    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    I bought this system because it lets me run a single cable back to a rack where everything, including the handful of pedals I still need, is hooked up. The flexibility I get with this system, coupled with presets for everything, are awesome. It's not as easy to set up as a bunch of pedals, but it's so much better once you figure it out. All of the effects are top notch, unlike other multi-effect units. In fact, many of the effects on here are better than TC's standalone units, in part because they are so much more configurable. I will say that when you first plug it in, you will probably notice a lot of hum - you'll want an Ebtech Hum Exterminator to go with this unit (TC's forums have a good walkthrough on setting that up). The unit is incredibly solid - I think it must be stainless steel. It weighs a good 20 lbs. I don't think any amount of abuse could ever break this thing.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great multiple use unit

    By Rob Paterson

    from Pittsburgh pa

    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    Awesome unit, however you really need to do your homework and understand how this unit works. This is not a plug and play board like most multi effects system. You need to look up TC electronics forum and read into the system and how to correctly hook it up. Most people return their units and get frustrated because they dont know how to simply set it up. One guy returned it because he had the input incorrectly selected. If you know what your doing and do it correctly this is such a great system to have. I absolutely love mine and wouldnt trade it for any other set up. Most have been reliable and will get you through hundreds of gigs with out a problem. However some can tweek out and have problems here and there. I plan on adding to my rig just because of the things the G system can do and handle, i plan on maxing it out and using every feature it offers. I highly recommend this unit.
    SO many features with the G system. First off its a multiple effects unit with all of TC electronics famous effects. It also is able to talk with most amps and can switch channels. Two midi ports so you can throw in a midi controlled amp switcher or another multi effects unit. It has 4 loops so you can add some of your favorite stomp boxes to throw in the mix, also has power connections so you dont have to run multiple wall adapters. You can configure the layout and switches to your liking, so you can taylor your set up and how you want it. Multiple banks and presets so you can have hundreds of patches. It doesnt have its own distortion so you can incorporate your amps natural distortion or add a stompbox. You can rack mount the "brain" or keep it attached to the floorboard. Floorboard also has inputs for expression pedals so you dont have to run long cables to your rack.
    TC electronic runs this board over with a tank and it still works. How many pieces of gear can you run over with a tank and have them remotely close to working. This is made of solid aluminum and theres not much you can do to destroy or damage the board its self. It is a computer driven system so of course you can have errors and crashes and things not go right. I have yet to have any problem with my system yet and have heard of others having hundreds of gigs with out their G system going down.
    For the price this unit does most of what you could ask. Its a multi effects system, amp switcher, loop switcher, midi controller, power supply, and overall a great sounding unit. You could pay thousands more if you separatedly go out and buy the components of what this could do. This is the heart of my rig and i am thinking of buying a 2nd for a back up.

     
    5.0

    Oh so Sweeeeet!!!

    By Stringblade

    from Atlanta

    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    So flexible, so pure, so useful. TC has be making great sounding effects forever. I have used my Gsystem on numerous gigs, and it is very nice. The amp channel switchiing and midi control signals make this very useful whether I'm using my Fender Twin (Footswitch), or my Marshall JVM 410 (Midi control). Effects sound transparent and great! It is build like a tank, I've seen video where someone drove over one and it still worked. Large illuminated buttons are solid and silent. It is a little pricy but worth it, and my only complaint is that the 3rd party editor software has never worked on any of my 3 pcs. I wish TC would make an editor that would really make this even easier to set up and back up. If you want to simplify your pedal board without compromising tone buy this.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good bang for buck. Great quality.

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about TC Electronic G-System Integrated Guitar Effects and Controller:

    I have owned this since 2008, no issues. I thought it was broken once, 6 months outside of the warranty, but they let me send it back free of charge anyways, I found their costumer service was easy to deal with, although a little strange as it was all through their "ticket" system. As it turns out it wasn't even broken and they sent it back free of charge, and it was something with amp's effects loop. The quality of the effects on this unit is very very good. Everything is transparent and quite customizable. If your amp sounds good, this will compliment it, but it won't make up for a bad amp. I did have to adjust some minor things both amp side and G-system side just to get it running as before. I now use it to control all my gear. Its great bang for buck because you are getting an excellent foot controller, a loop switcher, and an amazing fx unit all in one, all with midi compatibility. I think its a very fair price. Overall great unit.

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