Zoom G3 incorporates onto a Pedal board very nicely

Posted by Guy Capuano - January 28, 2012 - Gear Reviews, Zoom G3 - 5 Comments

Zoom G3 on a pedal board

I have to give it to Zoom, this G3 is an outstanding addition to a pedal board. Its light, will run on a daisy chain just like any old boss stomp box, and with a light expression pedal connected you can use it to control a parameter or effect like a Wah, or as a volume pedal. Because of this I was able to ditch my heavy Ernie Ball volume pedal for a very light weight, inexpensive expression pedal.

Takes less space than a DL4

Plus you can make it any 3 effects you desire, with the ability to store them and run it in patch mode FTW. Now I beleive this thing is in direct competition to the Line 6 M-series, specifically the M9. Both units have some of there own features and strong points obviously.

The Downside

While there are a few downsides to this G3. I use it alot, I would say I have used it maybe 100’s live, whether rehearsals or performances, not to mention I bought it used. About 70 or so performances into it the switches began to stick and it started flying into different patches while I was playing, this was extremely embarrassing to say the least. But switch problems is nothing new for Zoom, the previous pro level boards, G7.1ut and G9 both suffered from switch problems. So having remembered that and what we did to fix that situation I grab some 2 in 1 electronic lube and contact cleaner and dowsed every switch, and while I was at it I went ahead a sprayed in all the jacks. Then after I worked the lube into the switches I went for a second round on these switches. I have not had a problem since!

Also another thing worth mentioning, and my biggest problem with the Zoom is there is no spillover when turning an effect on or off! I am not talking switching patches, just turning effect on and off in the existing patches. BUMMER! I have contacted Zoom and they said they had no plans of firmware updates to address this, though I am not sure this is something a firmware update could address anyways.

All in all price point considered I really cant complain, the G3 is Still on my board, and here is a pic of my current rig for those who care.

5 comments

  • shane says:

    I had a fw questions on the G3.

    Is there any mode that is like the particle verb on the Line 6 M series?

    Also, what other expression pedals are compatible besides the Zoom and M Audio ones?

    thanks

    • Guy Capuano says:

      Nothing like the particle verb and I am unsure about any expression pedals.

  • shane says:

    thanks anyway. BTW. this wouldn’t happen to be the same Guy Capuano on GT: P&W would it? I thought i recognized your last name.

  • shane says:

    Shane TheCowboy Pachica. Haha. Small word

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