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Zoom G5n Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal

Zoom G5n Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal

Have all the tones! Zoom's G5n multi-effects pedal boasts 68 DSP effects, 10 amp and cab sims, plus stereo outputs and USB out for seamless recording.

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Submitted September 8, 2019 by Lewis Lott in New Castle, DE
"Quality sounds"
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Nails the sounds I’ve been looking for. I use mainly for P&W. 98% of complaints from other reviews have not been issues for me. Amp models are good. Effects are great. Extremely quiet. After only one week, editing is second nature. Now the only learning curve is choosing which effect is best for specific applications, so many options to choose from. It has easily exceeded my expectations. Too soon for manufacturer support. The only “con” for me is the processing overload, however even that has not prevented me from getting exactly the sound I want. I’m learning which amp models use less DSP, and have been able to use alternatives without compromising the sound I I’m trying to create. I’m only giving 41/2 stars “just because “ I don’t have anything current to compare it to. Only what I have seen in videos. For the money, I chose this. and I’m basically just tickled pink.
Musical Background:
Guitar, bass, and Keyboards. Professionally, semi retired.
Musical Style:
Christian, Rock, R&B
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Submitted March 21, 2016 by Christopher Lange in Saint Louis, MO
"Outboard Collection of Premium Plugins (with No Latency!)"
Looking at the G5n as ONLY a guitar multi-effects pedal still makes it well worth the price, but that would be selling it WAY short in terms of what this self-contained digital beast can do. For those of us who also play keyboards, synths, drum machines, and bass, think of this as an entire rack of beautiful effects processing options that open up a whole world of pro tone sculpting possibility. Yes, these effects by themselves do sound digital (because they ARE), but if you start with a good analog sound source and finish with a mic’d up tube amp or quality tube DI, you can capture some serious pro quality sounds with beautifully complex depth and texture. Line6 and Boss both charge significantly more for products that do absolutely NOTHING better than the G5n. So why dump any more money than absolutely necessary into a digital effects unit that you know will become a doorstop eventually anyway? The Zoom G5n delivers every last nuance of the best effects units available on the market today, and it does it all at a price you can afford to replace in a few years. PROS * Equal or better sound quality than competing products from Line6 and Boss, all at a much lower price. * Better and more intuitive user interface than Line6 and Boss competition. * The “ZNR” noise reduction effect performs amazingly well, and can be tweaked perfectly for any application. Especially for those of us who hate unnecessary pickup and amp noise in our recordings, this is worth the price of the entire unit alone. I’ve actually paid the same price as this unit for a Waves noise reduction plugin that I don’t like as much as the one inside the G5n. * No wimpy 12AX7 tube output that everybody knows won't make much difference, and which just becomes a maintenance liability over time. The old G5 had one of these, and Zoom should be applauded for ditching the gimmick. * Takes a huge load off of your DAW in terms of effects plugins. Also, unlike your DAW, you can monitor any instrument through the G5n without any noticeable latency. * The two tone booster dials are great for when you’ve been crafting new patches through headphones, but then you want to plug the G5n into your amp and you’re frustrated because you don’t hear the same frequency balance out of your amp that you did in your headphones (coming directly out of the G5n headphone jack). The two tone booster dials let you tweak the EQ of your frequency response (in a pleasant and natural/analog sounding way) so that your amp sounds accurate tonally to what you were hearing in the headphones. This keeps you from having to save two differently tweaked patches of the same effects chain just so you can hear the correct frequency balance through either your headphones or your amp. CONS * USB recording interface is convenient for recording rough ideas, but not realistic as a pro DI/converter. Luckily the stereo ¼” analog out jacks do a good job of letting you use your tube preamps for DI recording anyway, but it would be nice not to have to pass through an extra layer of D/A conversion if not absolutely necessary. * Amp & cabinet models are excellent tools for tone shaping, but no they don’t sound like the real deal (and no digital emulation ever will if you're listening back through quality DAC). Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean running reasonable gain settings on these amps and cabs into the clean channel of your tube amp can’t still create very impressively detailed recording tones. * Some people have reported that too many effects in a chain causes the DSP chip in the G5n to overload, but I’ve found the only time that happens is when you’re trying to chain multiple amps and cabinet models altogether, and it’s not something you (sonically) should want to attempt anyway. With one amp and one cabinet selected, you can still add a compressor, delay, reverb, and chorus, etc. There's plenty of DSP here to get you into trouble (in a good way). TIP: The modeled amp "heads" ften don’t sound as good as simply running one of the distortion pedals directly into a modeled cabinet. Requires less DSP too.
Musical Background:
Guitar, keyboards, synths
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Submitted May 19, 2020 by Ryan T in Tucson, AZ
"Best multi effects unit i've owned for the price"
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I wanted to buy this a couple years ago, but got into amplitube 4, since I travel a lot for work, it was convenient. But, I finally got the G5n. I wish I would have bought it sooner. It sounds great, easy to use. Creating patches are pretty simple. I just watched a couple youtube channels on it and I had it down pretty quick. I like that I can add extra pedals to it, like my own wah, even though this has a wah you can't just turn it on, it has to be part of the "effects" chain and you can only use up to I believe 9, however the amp and cabinet uses up I believe 3 or 4 of them alone, so doesn't leave a lot left for your noise gate, and other effects you might want to use, so it's nice to have to option of plugging in your own external pedals. If playing directly into headphones, it sounds great. It's plenty loud, i have yet to turn the volume up over half way, which for me was something I was concerned about, since i usually play directly through headphones the most. I love it, i probably won't mess w/ my amplitube any time soon now that I have this. I also bought the case for it. I highly recommend that.
Musical Background:
Been playing since 1983
Musical Style:
rock, 80's hard rock, metal, jazz,blues
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Submitted March 30, 2017 by Arik O in Sierra vista, AZ
"Just what I was looking for"
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This pedal is beyond what I expected. I've gone through pedals, multieffects pedals and rack effects. This tops every single one of them. As long as you read the instruction it is 100% easy to start making your own sounds. Recording with it is even better than a lot of programs that I use. Just make sure to update the firmware (another very easy thing to do.) I've downloaded a few packs and still amazed at the quality. I used a lot of high quality and expensive gear. Now it all sits in the closet. This takes it all over. All my modeling amps are collecting dust now. Overall, great quality, no lag when switching effects and just a sound product. I highly recommend it!!
Musical Background:
Musician for 16+ years. Play guitar, bass, drums, piano, and so much more.
Musical Style:
Blues, jazz, metal, rock, djent
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