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Zoom G2 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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Product Description

The ZOOM G2 Effects Pedal features an all-metal chassis, ZOOM’s new, ultra-fast 32-bit processor with the speed and power to take the best sounding classic amps and SAMPLE THEM AT 96kHz. What does all this techno-gibberish mean? It means that the G2 is loaded with 16 amp models faithfully accurate to the original amplifiers in every harmonic, every nuance, and every chest cracking power chord they ever pounded out.

32-bit processing also means incredible analog sounding performance with no background hiss (120dB signal to noise ratio and –100dB noise floor) and the world’s fastest patch change so no guessing when to switch presets to not miss a beat (how’s .005 seconds!) And there is a lot more under the hood of this growler!

ZOOM G2 Guitar Effects Pedal Features

  • 54 different effects (9 modules to play with in a patch)
  • Harmonized Pitch Shifter lets you play along in key
  • The on-board drum machine features 40 rhythm variations for practicing and PCM studio sound drum kits
  • Tap tempo control for drum, delay, etc. tempo setting
  • Three editing knobs make editing patches fast and easy
  • 40 preset / 40 User patch locations
  • Auto-chromatic tuner
  • Sturdy metal chassis with shock-absorbent rubber side damping and stomp-proof switches shrug off rough handling
  • Optional Expression Pedal (FP-02) and Foot Switch (FS01)
  • INCLUDES AC Adapter and also operates 7 hours on 4 AA alkaline batteries

ZOOM G2 - Taking Multi-Effects To The Next Level
Conventional floor-type multi-effect processors are designed to sound good when they are plugged into a guitar amp. Modeling processors are designed for recording in line. Until now, there was no product that could handle both scenarios with equal finesse.

Introducing The G Series from Zoom. Each G Series Pedal offers two algorithms: One for live and one for recording. The sound you created at practice or in the studio can now be brought straight to the stage. Or take the sounds you worked out during a rehearsal and apply them seamlessly in the recording studio. Your creative scope has suddenly doubled.

96 kHz Sampling Brings Out Authentic Sounding Tube Amp Harmonics
Everyone knows that the sound of tube amplifiers is the ultimate in guitar tone. By employing high-accuracy sampling at 96 kHz, G Series pedals faithfully model these sonic properties, right up to the highest harmonic register. Dynamic range is also excellent, thanks to 24-bit A/D/A conversion. These extremely high levels of digital processing also make your playing sound cleaner and clearer thanks to the fast processing speeds.

ZFX-3: A New Generation DSP from ZOOM
The heart of any multi-effect device is its processor and decoder section. Zoom has reached a new level with its newly developed ZFX-3 chip. 32-bit architecture ensures smooth and detailed signal processing. Accuracy and speed bring out the character of your instrument without restrictions.

54 High-quality Effects Made Possible by 32-bit Processing
A total of nine effects modules are included, including dynamics, ambience, drive, and modulation. Together they offer 54 types of effects. The Harmonized Pitch Shifter lets you play along in key. Use long delays or multi-tap delay of up to 5000 milliseconds. Select dynamic flanger and have the effect level controlled by picking intensity. Select from three types of modulation waveforms for the tremolo. A multitude of high-performance choices opens up totally new territory in this class. Touch up the harmonic register with the six-band equalizer. The cabinet simulator gives a choice of mic positions. The G Series has in incredible level of flexibility and the ability to create an awesome array of great tones.

Latest Modeling Technology Supports 16 Different Drive Sounds
By digitally simulating the clipping action of analog devices such as tubes and diodes, the G Series faithfully duplicates the distortion of tube amps and vintage effects. This includes not only the superficial sound character but also elements such as depth and dynamics. As you start using the G Series, you will be amazed by the realistic balance between fundamental notes and harmonics that is essential to a great analog tone.

    Fender Twin Reverb '65: This is the tube combo amp often called the "Black Panel". Its clean sound is characterized by flamboyant highs.

    VOX AC30 / 6TB: This Class A tube combo amp is representative of the 1960s Liverpool sound created by such bands as The Beatles and The Shadows. Its major appeal is unclouded straightforward sound.

    ROLAND Jazz Chorus: Famous combo amp made in Japan. The uncolored clean sound shows what's possible with solid state designs, with the spacious built-in chorus being another highlight.

    Marshall JCM800: A tube stack amp favored by many hard rock guitarists. Great treble plus a solid low end guarantee powerful sound.

    Fender Tweed Deluxe '53: A compact tube combo amp that's representative of the Fender Tweed series. Its dry distortion and characteristic cabinet sound made it a favorite with many blues legends.

    MESA/BOOGIE Mark III: Combo amp noted for its extended midrange and long sustain. A mainstay of fusion guitarists, from Santana to Larry Carlton.

    MESA/BOOGIE Dual Rectifier: High-gain stack amp with two rectifier circuits (silicone diode and vacuum tube) gives punchy metallic drive sound, great for hard modern rock.

    Marshall JCM2000: Flexible stack amp that covers a wide range of genres. Traditional Marshall sound combines power with rich harmonics, but sharp metallic distortion is also possible.

    Peavey 5150 Stack: The high-gain tube stack made famous by Eddie Van Halen. Produces tight bass and detailed distortion.

    Marshall Guv'nor Overdrive Pedal: Stomp box that recreates the distortion of a Marshall amp. Popular among hard rock guitarists as an easy way to get Marshall sound.

    BOSS OD-1 Overdrive Pedal: Overdrive with mild, richly nuanced distortion in the manner of a fully driven tube amp. Popular as a booster for giving backbone to a stack amp.

    Dallas-Arbiter FUZZ FACE Pedal: Gutsy low bass and long sustain are the hallmarks of this fuzz effect. Made famous by the legendary Jimi Hendrix. The panel design resembling a face also was a unique touch.

    MATCHLESS Hot Box: Tube preamp for creating that MATCHLESS amp quality. Fat and punchy drive sound brings out the picking nuances.

    Zoom Extreme Distortion: Stressing the digital edge, this ZOOM original pulls out all the stops when it comes to distortion. Get the strongest high-gain sound in the world.

    BOSS MT-2 Distortion Pedal: A distortion pedal with real wild metal character and fat midrange. Go for the ultra long sustain.

    Zoom Digital Fuzz: Another ZOOM original, this digital fuzz effect will go places where analog simply can't follow. Its broken quality ushers in a new fuzz generation.

    * Manufacturer names and product names mentioned in this table are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. The names are used only to illustrate sonic characteristics and do not indicate any affiliation with the Zoom Corporation.

The Right Tools for the Job: Editing Controls with Analog Feel
The three rotary knobs let you tailor three different parameters at the same time. This could be the equalizer bass/midrange/treble, or the chorus depth/rate/mixing level, or the delay time/feedback/mixing level. It's like having an array of stomp boxes ready for action. In play mode, the three knobs are assigned to drive effect gain, tone, and patch level. This lets you quickly match the unit's performance to the guitar or amp type, room acoustics, or other factors. Delay time and modulation rate settings can be made directly via the intuitive TAP key input.

Preset Patches Ready to Use for Recording or Live Performance
The unit comes preprogrammed with a total of 40 preset effects patches. 20 pairs of similar sounding and similarly named effects are optimized respectively for use with a guitar amp on stage or for recording with DAW software or a mixer. There are settings for duplicating well-known amps and stomp boxes, settings that are modeled on the signature sound of famous guitarists, as well as totally original Zoom creations. There is also enough built-in memory to store up to 40 of your own effects patches.

World's Fastest Patch Change Speed: 5 ms
Thanks to the speed of Zoom's new processors, that annoying interval when switching patches has been all but eliminated. With its amazing speed of 0.005 seconds, the G Series pedals never miss a beat. When changing from rhythm to lead, you no longer need to press the switch slightly in advance. Simply push the foot switch and start playing the solo phrase. No more fear of losing the rhythm when making patch changes.

Built-In Auto-Chromatic Tuner For Guitar
The guitar tuner can be called up instantly by pushing two foot switches together. High-brightness LED indicators make the note readout easy to see also on a dark stage. The calibration range is 435 to 445 Hz, and mute tuning without sound output is also possible. ZNR Makes Those Playing Pauses Silent
Zoom Noise Reduction (ZNR) was developed specifically for guitar. While keeping any alteration of the original sound to an absolute minimum, ZNR shuts out unwanted noise in the playing pauses. Even the tails of long sustain notes come out beautifully, with natural release. Additional flexibility is provided by two noise gates. The vintage type DIRTY GATE is a great match for fuzz sounds, while the high-speed muting of the GATE setting brings heavy riffs into clear focus.

Integrated Drum Machine with PCM Sound Sources
Realistic drum sounds derived from PCM sources are arranged in a variety of rhythm patterns for different musical genres. The 40 rhythm variations include the steady 8-beat of Rock and Pop, funky 16-beat, a "Jazzy" 4-beat, some great shuffle riffs for blues sessions, and many more choices. Rhythm training is a cinch, and the rotary knobs let you quickly make tempo or level adjustments.

Ultra Low Noise Design: 120 dB SN Ratio and -100 dB Noise Floor
Specifications such as a signal-to-noise ratio of 120 dB and noise floor of -100 dB demonstrate a level of performance that is unsurpassed in this class. Background noise is a thing of the past, leaving the unit free to produce only its own superbly transparent sound. Especially when using reverb effects such as Hall, Room, or Spring, the low noise floor combined with 96 kHz sampling and 32-bit processing results in breathtaking performance.

Sturdy Metal Chassis and Rubber Damping for Superior Toughness and Durability
The combination of a solid metal chassis with shock-absorbent rubber damping ensures that the unit can stand up to the rigors of use on stage. Take it on the road or into the studio, the G Series will not let you down.

Two-way Power Allows Use Just About Anywhere
Thanks to its circuit design optimized for low voltage operation, the unit will run for more than 7.5 hours on a set of four IEC R6 (size AA) batteries. A separately available AC adaptor (AC-0006) can be plugged in for extended studio work, whereas on stage you never need to worry about AC power.

Optional Foot Switch Allows Versatile Remote Operation
With an optional foot switch (FS01) you can set tempos for delay time and modulation rate. Other selectable functions include bank switching, drum machine start/stop, and delay hold on/off switching.

Expression Pedal Adds Further Versatility To Your Guitar Play
The optional expression pedal (FP02) is a great way to control effect parameters in real time. Control the vintage wah, pitch shift, or adjust the volume dynamics. Go beyond conventional pedal effects by varying drive gain or modulation rate, and adjusting the mixing ratio of delay and reverb.

Product Specifications

ZOOM G2 Effects Pedal Specifications

  • Effect Types: 54
  • Effect Modules: 9
  • Maximum Simultaneous Effects: 9
  • Patch Memory: User 40+Preset 40, Total 80
  • Sampling Frequency: 96kHz
  • A/D Conversion: 24bit, 64times over-sampling
  • D/A Conversion: 24bit, 128times over-sampling
  • Input: 1/4 inch phone jack (Rated input level: -20dBm, Input impedance: 1MOhm)
  • Output (Line / headphones combined): 1/4 inch stereo phone jack (Maximum output level: +5dBm, Output load impedance: 10kOhms or higher)
  • Control Input: Expression pedal, Foot switch
  • Display: 2-digit, 7-segment LED display, Parameter LED
  • Power Requirements: AA size (LR6) battery x 4 (Optional), or AC adaptor DC9V/300mA/Center minus type (Included)
  • Battery Life: 7.5 hours (with alkaline batteries)
  • Dimensions: 156(W) x162(D) x 65(H)mm (approximately 6.1 x 6.4 x 2.5 inches)
  • Weight: 700g (without batteries) (almost 1 lb.)

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Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  631-542-5270 Warranty:  1 Year
Mic Sovek from Schenectady, NY
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Very Nice and Super Useable
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Been using it for 2 years now without any problems.
Reliability
How has it stood up over time?
So far no problems.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
I originally bought this just to use for Christmas shows that i do every year at nursing homes and used the Fender mods only, then i started to use it at church for worship rehearsals on wednesday nights (still don't use it for Sunday services, use a bigger midi set up with volume pedal and wah, full blown cover anything board, albeit digital still sounds great imho)... Since my church doesn't like amps to be used i comply and use digital stuff to FOH and a Avion inear setup for stage, however with my band i still like to use tube amps, most recently an ole Marshall Artist 4203 and a Egnater Tweaker combo... this is the reason i'm writing this review, i tried it in the effects loop to add a little reverb and took out all the other stuff (amp mods, eq's, modulation, everything), then i figured since it's in the unit let's try the noise reduction, cool noise gone when i have high gain runnin' with no signal degeneration, well lets try the delays, yup they sound good too. (continued below
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
started to save some patch's for the amps now and i'm very happy with the results.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
Nice tone, you can shape it to your liking, using higher gain it cleans up nice with your guitars volume knob when going to FOH through a PA.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
Paint looks like it's able to stand up to most stomps and the hard rubber side are agreat idea.
Action
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Factory patch's are, well factory patch's... need i say more... lol :)
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