Weak manual

The manual for this great new product from Zoom is lacking to say the least. Most stuff is fairly straight forward, but they should still be a bit more thorough in the manual. When it comes to guitar players we cant always assume certain levels of common sense. Joke! But seriously, I wonder if maybe Zoom will be releasing an “advanced manual” or something of the like that goes into descriptive detail about this unit. I was unsure if the delays had certain note value options from the plain text of the manual. This would have been an absolute deal breaker for me.

Yes you can tap in your delays

Lets talk about using an external tap tempo pedal with your new Zoom G3. Some will complain it has no tap tempo pedal on it, but to those I really have to ask how you can complain when you just paid such a small amount of money for such a high quality multi effects box. It also has an insane amount of effects to choose from. I would rather tap my tempo in on an external pedal anyways, as playing Praise and Worship music live, with less than stellar drummers, many times a week can really take a toll on the old tap tempo pedal. I really dont want to be stomping on the actual unit that many ties in one day anyways.

A Few Simple Steps

First step plug  your tap tempo pedal into the “control in” jack.

Second step hit the “Total” button.

The external pedal screen is the third one over, this is the screen that controls the external pedals option. Hit the page button on screen 3. There you can choose with the first knob exactly what you would like to control with your external footswitch. Go ahead and select tap tempo. The first page is for the external expression pedal, should you ever want to use that option.

The downside of tapping in your Delays

Here is something that surprised me when I first used the tap tempo pedal with the Zoom G3. When you tap in your tempo the delay actually cuts out, as if the Zoom is resetting itself or something. I have never experienced this kind of thing with any delay pedal, and I have owned and played tons of them. This never happened on the old Zoom G7.1ut if I remember correctly. Anyways I am hoping a future firmware update will take care of this problem so I can get back to obsessively tapping in the exact tempo for my galloping delays live. It would be a shame if I had to be a few milliseconds off.

Have a great one!


Matt · November 16, 2011 at 11:39 am

Hey, thanks for the info you are putting up on the G3. I’m trying to decide between the G3 or a used Pod HD 300 for Christmas this year. I know the HD 300 doesn’t have the capability to do dotted eighth note delays, and I can’t find anything saying for sure one way or another if the G3 can do the dotted eigth note, like you said, the manual was a little weak. So final question is: Can the G3 subdivide tapped quarter notes into dotted eighths? Thanks a bunch!

    Guy Capuano · November 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Yes, it does deep subdiviosn to the 32nd note up to the quarterx8 or 16! Crazy, and stupid the manual does not talk about it.

    Matt · November 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Awesome! Good to know… that probably seals the deal for me. Thanks a bunch!

matteo · November 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

Hy Guy!!
nice samples and infos about the zoom g3.

Can I ask you how to set the delays to get the divisions like dotted eighth, or the others?
I cannot find this in the manual.

    Guy Capuano · November 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Turn the time knob all the way clockwise, once you run out all the numbers it goes to note values.

d i l i p · October 11, 2012 at 7:11 am


Thanks for this article. Just want to know one more thing. Can any external foot switch be used or do I have to buy the one by Zoom itself? I have no way of checking because most of these foot switches are not available locally where I live. The one I have in mind is “DMB tap that.” Your input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Guy Capuano · October 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Yes any tap tempo switch will work, you definitely do NOT need to buy the Zoom one 😉

d i l i p · October 11, 2012 at 9:43 am

That’s good news! And thank you so much for responding! 🙂

Marv · December 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Hi. How come when I perform a loop, there is a noticeable gap when it repeats? Any tips or tricks how to properly do it? I’m a noob in looping 🙂

Rohit · April 17, 2015 at 6:59 am

Hi. Thanks so much for the info. Really helpful. I just have one question. I’ve never bought a tap tempo switch before and I’m faily about all the talk about polarity of the switch – normally closed/open.
Can you explain that and also tell me what kind I need for the G3?

    Guy Capuano · April 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Go with NC, it just receives a pulse I think so either would work though.

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