Introducing the ZOOM G3 Stomp box and Amp modeling system.





The new Zoom G3 Multi effects processor is an outstanding unit. The delays alone are worth the price of the unit. You could pay double for a delay pedal that does not even sound as good, or have near as many options or versatility.

Zoom who? Whats a Zoom?

Ok, Zoom might not have the best reputation as a company, but really that is all stereotyping and brand band wagon bull crap. My first Zoom unit was the old G7.1ut multi effects pedal. That was one great pedal for its time. But what always shined on it was its quality of effects. (Side note, the UK Blues amp model on the G7 was always my favorite) I have also owned a Zoom B2, which is their smaller scale bass multi effects unit. This was a decent pedal as well, but again what shined on the B2, as well as the G7, was the quality of the effects. What you get in the Zoom G3 is a digital processor set up a lot like the Line 6 M5, 9 or 13 stomp box modelers, which is basically like having TONS of individual stomp boxes at your finger tips at one time. The Zoom G3 offers Zoom’s strong point, quality effects! Where it seems to have an advantage over the Line 6 M series is that it does offer amp models. It has 13 amp models to be exact. And they all sound good, some of them even great! And just like the Line 6 M series, there is a simple interface and set of knobs for each effects slot. The Zoom is a little more of a pain to switch effects manually compared to the M series. This is because all the effects are in one linear group and you have to scroll through all of them to get to the one you want. In contrast, the M series has them all classified into groups, which makes it tons easier to navigate through on the fly.

From Industry Standard Effects to Wacky Ambient KRAZY Effects

The G3 does an outstanding job offering all the industry standard effects, from compressors to reverbs that all sound excellent. The only exception is the light to medium gain overdrives being the units weak link; though I am a purist when it comes to overdrives. But it also offers some not so traditional effects like pitch shifted delays, or a step sequencer modulation type effect. This thing can really be tweaked and is an excellent choice for ambient or experimental players. Though it only offers three effects at one time there are certain effects that combined two effects in one, like a reverb and delay, or delay and chorus, which when stacked right, you could actually use like six effects at once, plus the looper.


All in all this is one great unit. And for the price, I think every player should give it a shot, even if you only use it as a practice unit.


Mark · November 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I’ve had one of these for a week and am really having fun with all the great effects. Don’t use the amp models much either becasue my Vox amplifier has that side covered. However for ASIO recording on the PC they might be a good choice…

Gerardo · March 2, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I don’t care for multi effects pldeas so if that’s the route you want to go disregard my answer. Although it is more expensive I prefer individual pldeas for many reasons that I won’t go into right now. If you have been playing several years you probably already know the pros and cons. Everyone needs a distortion or overdrive pedal. I have tried several but the Fulltone FullDrive2 is just awesome. If your amp doesn’t have a good reverb then that is a must also, I like the Holy Grail personally. After that it is just personal preference. Even though it isn’t an effect, the MXR 10 band EQ will make as much of a difference in your tone as anything. Also a good delay and chorus is a good next logical step. Of course that is about $ 600 worth of pldeas I just mentioned.

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