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Zoom's G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper combines the ease of a stompbox pedal board with the power of a multi-effects processor and USB audio interface. With complete control over individual e... Click To Read More About This Product

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Zoom's G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper combines the ease of a stompbox pedal board 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 pedal board.
G3 is perfect for use in combination with traditional stompboxes. By adding a G3 to your pedal board, 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
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 (10kÎ load)
    Display: LCD — 3
    Input: 1/4'' phone jack
    Rated input level: -20dBm
    Input impedance: 1MÎ
    ACTIVE/PASSIVE (Switch selectable)
    Output: R 1/4'' phone jack
    Maximum output level: +5dBm (Output load impedance: 10kÎ or higher)
    L/Mono/Phone: 1/4'' stereo phone jack (LINE / PHONES)
    Maximum output level: [LINE] +5dBm (Output load impedance: 10kÎ or higher), [PHONES] 20mW + 20mW into 32Î load
    Balanced Output XLR jack
    Output impedance: 100Î(HOT-GND, COLD-GND), 200Î(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 ˆ’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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by PowerReviews
ZoomG3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper
 
4.4

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (25)
  • Compact (22)
  • Excellent sound quality (22)
  • Versatile (20)
  • Responsive (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (19)
  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Performances (14)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Whole Studio of FX in One Pedal.

Chasing tone for years always a challenge. Found the G3 after loving the Zoom R8. The Zoom R8 multitask recorder came with many fx and this is where I discovered how good Zoom fx...Read complete review

Chasing tone for years always a challenge. Found the G3 after loving the Zoom R8. The Zoom R8 multitask recorder came with many fx and this is where I discovered how good Zoom fx have evolved thru the years. They have become closer emulations of tube circuitry. The Tube Gains have become realistic and more dynamic than ever. What makes the pedal a standout is what Zoom calls the Sigmoid Curve Clipper in their Tube emulator knob which is part of every amp. It really pumps up lively gain in a very realistic way. I believe it improves all the amps included and even rivals and improves some from the original amps. I prefer using the Diezel amp and the Big Drive which emulates a Mesa Boogie and the FD Combo which is a Twin and all the Fender emulations are really good. But most of the true tone comes to life when using all the many boosters and overdrives and distortions all of which sound completely different in front of each amp emulation. The FD Combo set flat with a Diezel Cab seems to do great classic rock distortion and this is how many pedals evolved, for this amp in particular. Also the Marshall Emulation makes distortions overdrives and boosters sound like my old Marshall Stack. The Metal World tone is unbelievable and Zooms own Extreme Distortion is tough to beat. I have tube amps but have always known that tube amps never have and never will do the best job at full throttle distortion as the bass gets flubby when cranked. Tubes excel at bluesy tones and crunchy rhythm and leads. But they are heavy and a real pain to move around and have inconsistent sound. The dream is to get tube tone with a solid state and it is getting darn close and some sounds are actually better than tube amp tone. I A/B them a lot. Many times surpassing the tones I try to immitate. Gotta keep this pedal alive it really needs to become a staple pedal and stay in production The Free Edit and Share software makes this pedal a real gem to edit. A whole studios worth of Fx pedals in one

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Updated opinion

The really sad part of the story was Samsontech. I rushed the pedal to them hoping they would send me out another on the quick. I mean, 60 days old, professional...Read complete review

The really sad part of the story was Samsontech. I rushed the pedal to them hoping they would send me out another on the quick. I mean, 60 days old, professional musician...seems they should have jumped on that. After a few nice emails I was told it would take 3-4 weeks to be reviewed, tested and REPAIRED!!! It's been 3 weeks, still haven't heard anything. I've already purchased new pedals, had to, I gig every weekend. If and when they finally get around to sending me something I'll probably sell it. Wanna buy a refurb G3 cheap?
My last review was pretty positive but I now have to update that. While the things I wrote are true I have to write that shortly after my MF 45 day warranty ended the pedal failed completely. At a gig, during the soundcheck-pffft!-no output. The pedal was still lit up and the tuner received the signal but there was no output signal. I played the gig without any effects...not happy. Thank God the Carvin V3's sound held up on it's own. More below.
Anything that fails after 2 months...without abuse...stored properly. Well that's pretty bad.
If it doesn't work it has no value, yes?

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5.0

Nice for the money

By J

from Ky

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

    Nice for home use

     
    5.0

    Fantastic deal and a great Looper Pedal!

    By TamDFra

    from Portsmouth, OH

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

      Fantastic looper pedal and reasonably priced!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buy one NOW!!! Don't waste life thinking about it, own it!!

      By PipeLayinPro

      from New Bavaria, Antartica

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

        I hesitated buying one, due to a few reviews criticizing its high gain amp modeling. I did a little tweaking of parameters, using my Hamer Korina Standard w/ Dimebucker & 59N, and input #2 on a Fender Princeton-65 1x12" Combo w/Original Speaker, I nearly soiled my shorts when I played the Krank Revolution sim. Drop-B chugs are spine-snapping, brutal beauty. The Fender sims. make my Telecaster give the Twangy-tingles. Operation can be a little complicated at first, read the manual, download Edit&Share and you will love it if you have un-biased ears and time to tweak the tones.

        (20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Whole Studio of FX in One Pedal.

        By Marky Mark

        from Pittsburgh PA

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

          Chasing tone for years always a challenge. Found the G3 after loving the Zoom R8. The Zoom R8 multitask recorder came with many fx and this is where I discovered how good Zoom fx have evolved thru the years. They have become closer emulations of tube circuitry. The Tube Gains have become realistic and more dynamic than ever. What makes the pedal a standout is what Zoom calls the Sigmoid Curve Clipper in their Tube emulator knob which is part of every amp. It really pumps up lively gain in a very realistic way. I believe it improves all the amps included and even rivals and improves some from the original amps. I prefer using the Diezel amp and the Big Drive which emulates a Mesa Boogie and the FD Combo which is a Twin and all the Fender emulations are really good. But most of the true tone comes to life when using all the many boosters and overdrives and distortions all of which sound completely different in front of each amp emulation. The FD Combo set flat with a Diezel Cab seems to do great classic rock distortion and this is how many pedals evolved, for this amp in particular. Also the Marshall Emulation makes distortions overdrives and boosters sound like my old Marshall Stack. The Metal World tone is unbelievable and Zooms own Extreme Distortion is tough to beat. I have tube amps but have always known that tube amps never have and never will do the best job at full throttle distortion as the bass gets flubby when cranked. Tubes excel at bluesy tones and crunchy rhythm and leads. But they are heavy and a real pain to move around and have inconsistent sound. The dream is to get tube tone with a solid state and it is getting darn close and some sounds are actually better than tube amp tone. I A/B them a lot. Many times surpassing the tones I try to immitate. Gotta keep this pedal alive it really needs to become a staple pedal and stay in production The Free Edit and Share software makes this pedal a real gem to edit. A whole studios worth of Fx pedals in one

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is my second Zoom G3

          By Joe

          from New Jersey

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

            I'll explain why I'm on my second one...the first one was used for over 400 gigs over the last few years (plus practice) One of the top buttons was starting to go, so I figured it was time for a new one. I backed up all my patches to the computer, and I now have them on my new one. Really good amp sims, effects and looper. Zoom killed it on the G3.

             
            5.0

            I now have two of these

            By Blues Rocker

            from Panama City Beach FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

              This is the main "pedal" on my gigging pedal board - I perform all the time - other than this my pedalboard has a cry baby and wireless rig. Most of my sounds come from the G3

               
              3.0

              hunh!

              By Mr. Bonerific

              from Marin County, CA

              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:

                  This effects box is so complex it will take me months to find what I want out of it. But on the surface, I think there's enough in there to find anything the human ear can comprehend. The instructions are extensive and there is absolutely no help on the ZOOM website.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice Combination of Effects

                  By Rich

                  from USA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

                    I Use it for recording at home. Don't know what the pro's might think but I like it a lot. Really like the Edit & Share program to organize patches. Would however like to see Zoom sponsor a location to share patches.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A lot of features in an affordable package!

                    By David

                    from undisclosed

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Zoom G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

                    I play guitar as well as bass and was looking for an affordable FX unit that's easy to "program" & easy to use. I use a Zoom B3 for my bass and like the features so I thought i'd look into the G3.
                    There was no learning curve for me since I pretty much had a handle on how to pick and tweak the settings that I wanted. One great feature on the V2 upgrade is the ability to chain 6 FX together as opposed to just 3 on V1 and on the B3. I only use it as a multi stomp box and don't use the amp or speaker simulations.
                    Things I like the most:
                    Nice tuner with bright indicator lights
                    Ability to chain up to 6 FX at a time
                    Good sounding FX for what I need
                    Nice price (I bought a scratch & dent unit for a crazy good price)
                    Summary:
                    Can you buy a better unit? Of course....but it will cost a whole lot more.
                    If you're on a budget, the G3 really delivers so check it out.

                     
                    5.0

                    I FOUND WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR

                    By Melburn

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    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 G3 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal and Looper:

                      I use this pedal to practice and, especially, for gigs. My 'pedal board' consists of this multi-pedal, a wi-fi transmitter and a TC-Helicon Harmony Singer all neatly velcroed to a sturdy sheet music stand. When I get to a gig or even an Open Mic, I just plunk the music stand down at a little above waist high, at a little slant, and then place only the harmonizer pedal on the floor, plug the house's mic and guitar cable into my rig and I'm ready in under 3 minutes. Functionality and TONE is what I get--both, compliments of my Zoom pedal.

                      I bought it because 3 other musicians, whose tone I respected, were using Zoom pedals. It has not let me down in that regard. The 6 pedals and 3 visible are very intuitive, quick and handy for bringing effects in and out of my mix and for quick tweaks; I have them right at my waist-high fingertips. Now, I'm going to learn every (for me) usable nuance of this wonderful quality, intuitive, extremely compact and functional pedal.

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