Zoom G3 version 2 is released in Japan. Go to the Japanese version of the Zoom site and download the version 2 firmware update. It gives all the amp models in the G5 G3x and allows for using 6 effect slots at the same time. Also seems the audio quality is upgraded a bit. Here is a video demonstrating the new V2. Be sure to also download the presets also, and be warned they are gonna be glitchy, and are named all jumbled characters. Probably another reason its not released in the US.



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David · July 12, 2012 at 2:02 am

Hey I downloaded this new version last night, and had to also load up the new preset patches to the G3, but theyre all really weird and messy, did you get this problem?

    Guy Capuano · July 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Yes I did, I need to mention that in the post, probably another reason its not US bound yet. Still some kinks

    Dan · July 12, 2012 at 11:04 am

    After installing the patch update and rebooting, perform a factory reset (hold Store/Swap while powering up, then hit Store/Swap again to confirm). That fixed the garbled patches for me.

Will Chen · July 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

Regarding messed up presets, weird characters. You guys forgot the final step in the 2.0 upgrade, factory reset. Do that and everything is fully operational without any strange characters or overloaded presets.

    Guy Capuano · July 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

    LOLz, your right……..

Fluddman · September 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

Thanks for this post. The information about tap tempo and delay was exactly what I needed.


jim · October 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

if i hadn’t found this series of notes, i would have been totally bummed after having installed the new firmware. it was terribly disappointing, at first. i haven’t dared to bring in my old (painfully edited and finally satisfying) patches — enough frustration for one day. if those patches don’t come back in cleanly, at least i know now where to start looking for help! thank you so much!

John Adams · October 19, 2012 at 12:50 am

Jim, would you be willing to share your patches?

jim · November 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

i would have LOVED to be able to share them, but as i’d feared, those saved patches turned out to be the original ones. awful! i’ve tweaked 20 or so of them and would be willing to trade/share them when i get done. mostly, i eliminate the distortion, balance the volumes, and reduce the effects intensities. if i wanted to listen to noise, id just shove a screwdriver through the speaker… 😉

finally, i’m not so sure i will keep the firmware upgrade. first, i don’t need 6 pedals running at the same time — EVER — and second, the ability to get quickly from one selection to another seems to be vastly compromised from the first version. i’m still in a quandary about the latter.

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