Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal 886830786839

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Zoom took the groundbreaking design of its G3 multi-effects pedal and dialed it up a notch with the G5 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal. The G5 combines the ease of a stompbox pedal board and th... Click To Read More About This Product

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Zoom took the groundbreaking design of its G3 multi-effects pedal and dialed it up a notch with the G5 Guitar Effects and Amp Simulator Pedal. The G5 combines the ease of a stompbox pedal board and the power of a multi-effects pedal and USB audio interface, along with an extra LCD display/footswitch interface, Tube Booster, 3D Z-pedal and additional amp models and effects. While extremely easy to use, the G5 gives you the ultimate in control over your guitar tones for in stage and studio settings.

Up To Nine Simultaneous Stomp
The Zoom G5 offers four large LCD displays and corresponding footswitches that form a graphical interface, allowing you to utilize up to nine 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.

Tube Booster For Amp Overdrive
The G5's Tube Booster footswitch allows you to add sudden power and intensity to your performance, particularly when soloing. While its Boost control can add up to 16dB of amp overdrive, the Tone knob lets you control the EQ of your sounds with the added volume. The Tube Booster also offers extra power when recording directly to a line input.

Z-Pedal Offers 3D Parameter Control
The Z-pedal offers 3D action for a new sense of effect control. Not only can you press the pedal up and down as usual, you can also move it side to side. With 20 effects designed specifically for use with the Z-pedal, you can achieve complex tonal changes that are unlike any before. Furthermore, you can assign 3 parameters from any the 120 effects as you like using custom settings. With one foot on the pedal, take off into uncharted territory with creative effect sounds.

Evolution Of Tube-Amp Simulation
A newly developed sigmoid curve clipper re-creates the smooth clipping of a tube amp's waveform. With its tube distortion, the G5 can simulate amplifier sounds, including clean, crunch and full-gain drive tones that are authentic to the original models while maintaining the nuances of picking and strumming techniques.

The Newest Generation Of DSP: ZFX-IV
The all-new ZFX-IV DSP effects processor boasts amazing power and clarity, upgrading everything from sound to functionality and operability over previous ZFX versions. By using 32-bit floating-point processing, the G5 can produce amplifier sounds that are more realistic than ever before.

Super-Real Amp Modeling
The G5's 22 super-real amp models range from vintage 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, you can digitally design your own custom rig. The G5's modeling technology provides the best tone for both live performance and direct recording.

World-Renowned Stompbox Effects
The G5 offers over 120 diverse types of stompbox effects, including some of the world's most popular guitar pedals and rack-mounted processors. You can use up to nine effects in any combination. The G5'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.

Over 140 Versatile Effects On-Board
Select from over 140 built-in DSP effects to create your own sounds on the G5. 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. It also includes over 150 patches personally designed by professional guitarists: Richie Kotzen, Kiko Loureiro(Angra), Rob Caggiano(Anthrax) and Mike Orlando. In addition, the G5 can store up to 297 (99 banks x 3 patches) of your original creations without a hitch.

Looper Function With 60-Second Phrase Recording/Overdubbing
The G5's Looper capabilities include 60 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 and use looped sounds as simple backing tracks. You can even create a "full band" feel with the built-in drum machine and DSP effects for a live solo.

Note: When the UNDO/REDO function is enabled, the recording time is limited to 30 seconds.

Your Personal Drummer
Every guitar player needs a drummer, and with the G5 you can choose from over 40 different rhythm patterns, including 4, 8 and 16-beat, shuffle and many others. The tap key also makes it easy to set tempo and start a one-man jam session anytime.

USB Audio Interface For DAW Recording
The G5 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 Cubase LE recording software. The pedal's direct monitoring capability eliminates any latency issues, assuring realistic studio conditions and hassle-free operation.

Balanced XLR Output For DI Use
With its built-in XLR output, you can avoid DI boxes completely and directly connect the G5 to any mixing console and maintain a balanced, high quality signal. Its convenient Pre/Post switch can direct an effected sound to the main outputs while sending the original analog guitar signal directly to the XLR output without passing through an A/D converter.

Output Modes For Stage Or Studio
Different output modes allow you to optimize G5's tones based upon its connection with your personal rig. In addition to modes for the front inputs of combo and stack amps, G5 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.

Accurate, Real-Time Tuner Function
The G5 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 in tune. In addition, the G5's LCD displays and LED indicators make the Tuner easy to see on a dark stage, where you can also mute the output to tune silently.

Super Low-Noise Design
The G5's super-low noise design virtually eliminates background noise and the ZNR noise reduction removes feedback and other unwanted sounds, providing you with clear tones, along with natural decay and reverb tails.

Super Fast Patch-Change Speed
With the G5's amazing 1.6ms patch change speed, you will never miss a beat. Change from rhythm playing to a solo in an instant by simply tapping a switch.

Optional Expression Pedal And Footswitch
Connect an optional FP02 expression pedal to the G5 and control volume 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 the G5, allows you to create, edit and save your personalized amp and effect settings on your computer. Use its 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.

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— All features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Features
  • 145 Effect types
  • 9 Simultaneous effects
  • 22 Amp models
  • 4 LCD screens
  • Tube Booster provides instant amp-like overdrive
  • Z-Pedal provides 3D effect parameter control
  • 24-Bit A/D/A conversion
  • ZFX-IV DSP processor
  • 32-Bit floating point and fixed point processing
  • USB audio interface for DAW integration
  • L/R 1/4" outputs
  • 1/4" stereo headphone out
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ZoomG5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Good selection of effects (16)
  • Responsive (14)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Compact (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Performances (13)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Professional recording (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (6), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Zoom G5, will you marry me?

I've played through and screwed with my Zoom G5 for about a year and considering everything it is the best Multi FX unit I've ever experienced. The sound quality is excellent and it's stupid...Read complete review

I've played through and screwed with my Zoom G5 for about a year and considering everything it is the best Multi FX unit I've ever experienced. The sound quality is excellent and it's stupid easy to use. The output from the XLR, L-R 1/4", 1/4" headphone jack, and USB are all excellent. The multi axis assignable pedal is particularly orgasmic. The tube booster sounds great. I've been reluctant to replace the tube out of fear that my head may explode if the G5 sounds even better after. It is built like a tank and it's small enough to carry anywhere. The amp models and cab sims are fantastic (I use about half of them for various purposes) and the stomp box models are.. well - I've sold all of my stomp boxes except for a looper (Digitech JamMan) and some delays (MXR Carbon Copy/Akai Headrush). Aside from the great FX models, being able to insert multiple types of EQ's and compressors has really helped me hone my sounds. From prissy clean to dirty rotten _____ to bone crushing blitz the G5 puts out anyway I want. These days I just plug straight into the G5 and then out to a Tech 21 Power Engine 60, the board, and PC. I even sold my amps.

If the G5 cost a grand I might nitpick, but even then sound quality, build quality and ease of use wouldn't be areas I'd complain about. Awesome product - I'm completely satisfied and I'd buy another right away if it was stolen. My apologies to Zoom - I'd thought I'd be returning this...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Z pedal - not impressed!

I purchased the G5 and tried to like it, but the Z pedal had issues. Setting the pedal to "0" and changing patches caused the new patch sound to bleed...Read complete review

I purchased the G5 and tried to like it, but the Z pedal had issues. Setting the pedal to "0" and changing patches caused the new patch sound to bleed through - could never full quiet the pedal as a volume pedal - so couldn't trust it in a live situation. I configured the pedal to trigger a variety of effects when turned to the right or left. Turning the pedal to the right cause d the desired effect's sound to cut in and out. I was not impressed. I'll stick with my tried and true BOSS GT10. In my humble opinion the tone is more tube-like with the GT10, too.

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4.0

Better than HD500

By Keith

from Lewisville, TX

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

      Had an HD500 for years and was very content using at home jamming along with CD using headphones or studio monitors. I recently joined a cover band, and found out the different world and challenges of live playing. I wanted an all in one solution - home practice with headphones or low volumes, band practice, and gigging. Although the HD500 can do all this, I had only downloaded user presets and found that programming on the fly is a challenge. So, I tried the Zoom G5. First of all, much better user interface. I was able to program many good sounds without even consulting the manual. Live use isn't as good as the HD500 for ease of use, as you can't assign the buttons to any parameter. With the G5, you are limited with the 4 stomp pedals in the order of the effect chain. That aside, sound wise the G5 is better. And in the end, that is what counts.

      (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Z pedal - not impressed!

      By Sunny

      from Kansas City

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Not Responsive

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

        I purchased the G5 and tried to like it, but the Z pedal had issues. Setting the pedal to "0" and changing patches caused the new patch sound to bleed through - could never full quiet the pedal as a volume pedal - so couldn't trust it in a live situation. I configured the pedal to trigger a variety of effects when turned to the right or left. Turning the pedal to the right cause d the desired effect's sound to cut in and out. I was not impressed. I'll stick with my tried and true BOSS GT10. In my humble opinion the tone is more tube-like with the GT10, too.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A good bang for your buck.

        By strummer55

        from Eaton, IN

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

        This is by far best effects pedal I have used.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A great set of effects

        By chordspinner

        from North Carolina

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Compatible With Gear
        • Each Effect Easily Adjust
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Tons Of Effects
        • Versatile
        • Well Built

        Cons

        • Cheesy Power Supply

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

        I am a guitarist. I do stage shows, playing in the pit, and am in a church praise band. I have been fighting pedals and pedal boards for many years....never getting the exact one I was looking for. I decided to try the Zoom G5 out. I am very pleased. There was a bit of a learning curve...probably 2 hours in the manual, with the pedal board in front of me, but, considering what this piece does, I don't think that's bad. I'm able to choose whatever effect I need very quickly. (It's a little tricky to pan left and right on each pad, using your feet....especially if you have thick soles on your shoes.) I use it on stage, wired directly to the sound board, via a low-impedance mic cable. I walk in, hook up the mic cable, plug the power supply in, plug my guitar in, turn it on, and that's it! The sound techs love it, because of its' good sound and ease of balance in the mix. Before I was schlepping about a ton of stuff in and out. This effect pedal really solves a lot of problems. The music calls for a very wide variety of effects and sounds from the electric guitar. So far, I have found everything I need...and a wide variety of each! I love having the tuner on board too. I have never used amp modeling before but love it on this pedal. I probably won't use many of the features interfacing with outboard devices, like computers, recording equipment,etc. but it is nice to know it's there. I have always used an outboard volume pedal for getting swells and such... and this pedal board has one available that I like. However, if one of the other pedal effects (like wah-wah) is chosen, the volume pedal is bypassed automatically. But that's ok.
        My only gripe is the very lightly built power supply....but that seems to be universal. I wish the manufacturers could come up with something a little more rugged than the little plastic wall wort with the tiny cord that gets tangled in everything.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Sounds Great, a little 'kludgy' to operate.

        By Michael

        from Columbus, Ohio

        Site Member

        Comments about Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

        The sounds this pedal makes are (mostly) GREAT!! The amps sounds are very good - I did not compare them to real amps so I couldn't say whether they are accurate compared to the real amps they emulate, but I play straight into a mixing board and they are a very acceptable substitute for an amp. Most of the effects are highly usable (although a couple defy any sort of musical use). Setting up patches directly on the pedal is as easy or easier than other pedals I've used (everything is graphic, there are no 6 layers of menus to work through), and setting it up from the free software COULDN'T BE EASIER: you just select a patch, grab pictures of the amps and pedals you want, and drag them to the patch. You can then adjust the settings for each amp and effect to your taste, rearrange them in any order, all on your computer screen. Any changes made in the software are instantly made on the pedal. The downside is that changing banks is a little kludgy, they could have added $50 to the price and put dedicated up and down buttons on the unit. Also, there is no 'save' button - when you exit a patch, it is in the state you left it - if you have chorus turned on and you exit that patch, it remains turned on. I use the foot pedal for volume, and if I exit a patch with the volume all the way on, it will stay that way when I select it again regardless of how the physical pedal is positioned. Also the tube boost is a waste of a tube (and a button) - there is no 'gain' control for it, so at moderate boost levels it is totally clean - I like a little 'dirt' on solos, so I'm still using an emulated Tube Screamer for a slight boost in gain and volume on solos because all the tube adds is volume. I've only had this a couple of weeks, but it has been reliable so far. I've not used the built-in loop and rhythm functions, nor am I ever likely to, so I'll leave that to others to judge. So overall, I think this is a great sounding device but expect to take a while to get used to it's unique eccentricities. They could have thought out the user interface for playing live a little more.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Everything You need...and then some!

        By The Jamming Pastor

        from Southern Illinois

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Great Tool To Jam With
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Alot To Learn
        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

        It's plug and play at it's finest...just a lot to learn and weed out. There are some sounds that are just too out there...but you never know when you might need them so it's all good!

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great package deal!

        By Guitarface

        from Bloomington, IN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Powerful And Easy To Use
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No Headphone Knob
        • Tube Booster Boosts Loops

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

        You get a lot of good stuff in a single package for this price. There are a couple of things that could use improving... I'm a little focused on these things right now, so you should use other reviews and the description to get more emphasis on all the features and power that are here - that's why this is still AT LEAST a four star unit!

        One complaint I have is that the tube booster also boosts your loops. I'd rather create a loop, then be able to boost the guitar alone with the tube booster while I play along with the loop, without having to take time to exit the loop screen to get a slightly lesser quality boost from a digital effect. This should be an option. I may just use an outboard distortion along with the unit, though my real hope was to use this to replace ALL my old pedals!

        Looping is made very intuitive, though, with prompts to guide you around. 60 seconds is a good amount of looping time for me to have fun, even if I have to cut that in half in order to have an undo function. I'd love to have the looping power, say, of a Boss RC-300, and be able to pull several samples into and out of the mix, but this unit is still a great looper that costs considerably less than an RC-300, while incorporating a drum machine and a boatload of effects and models.

        As I've alluded to, it is a bit of work to jump back and forth between loops and effects, but made easier due to the prompts. Not that the effort is so great, just that you want to make the music as seamless as possible when you are performing.

        The built-in rhythms are just serviceable, not exciting, while recent Digitech units seem to have more numerous and interesting built-in drum patterns. But the G5 has it all over Digitech in that you can use the drums with your looping, whereas Digitech forces you to choose, which strikes me as a ridiculous compromise.

        Zoom's effects are all very good, although the distortions and amp models are not the best I've ever had, even from Zoom (there's some great crunches in my old GM-200). While I'll probably hang on to a few, many of my pedals will be going away. I like the G5's Ibanez wah model, and the choruses and other modulations are very good. I am currently, however, still using an outboard BBE Sonic Stomp after the unit. The built-in exciter on the G5 is not half bad, although not quite there with the BBE, and I may switch over to incorporating that into my patches to avoid carrying around the additional pedal.

        Overall, the G5 is a lot of bang for your buck, easy to understand and use given how much power is there, and I do recommend it for many uses, especially if you want a lot of power and flexibility without having to haul around racks or huge pedalboards.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just what i wanted!

        By Cannibal

        from Israel

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

          Got this a few months ago and i will admit it was hard to use at first but now it is so worth the read into the manual! I definitely recommend you watch some reviews on this before buying it because when i saw the first i wanted it in my studio collection so bad! awesome effects especially the pedal sqealys!

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice!

          By Beardedpraiser

          from Springfield, IL

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

            I'm new to the electric guitar world. I've been shopping around for quite some time trying to find a board that would sound good, last a while, and not break the bank. Nailed it!

            (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Zoom G5, will you marry me?

            By zexx

            from Orlando, FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None Worth Mentioning

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Zoom G5 Guitar Multi-Effects & Amp Simulator Pedal:

            I've played through and screwed with my Zoom G5 for about a year and considering everything it is the best Multi FX unit I've ever experienced. The sound quality is excellent and it's stupid easy to use. The output from the XLR, L-R 1/4", 1/4" headphone jack, and USB are all excellent. The multi axis assignable pedal is particularly orgasmic. The tube booster sounds great. I've been reluctant to replace the tube out of fear that my head may explode if the G5 sounds even better after. It is built like a tank and it's small enough to carry anywhere. The amp models and cab sims are fantastic (I use about half of them for various purposes) and the stomp box models are.. well - I've sold all of my stomp boxes except for a looper (Digitech JamMan) and some delays (MXR Carbon Copy/Akai Headrush). Aside from the great FX models, being able to insert multiple types of EQ's and compressors has really helped me hone my sounds. From prissy clean to dirty rotten _____ to bone crushing blitz the G5 puts out anyway I want. These days I just plug straight into the G5 and then out to a Tech 21 Power Engine 60, the board, and PC. I even sold my amps.

            If the G5 cost a grand I might nitpick, but even then sound quality, build quality and ease of use wouldn't be areas I'd complain about. Awesome product - I'm completely satisfied and I'd buy another right away if it was stolen. My apologies to Zoom - I'd thought I'd be returning this...

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