I’ve spent piles of cash and countless hours chasing down various stomp boxes over the years.
So when I got my hands on Zoom’s G1Xon Guitar Multi-Effects Processor, I was tempted to moan, “Oh, I’ve wasted my life,” like the Comic Book Guy in a certain “Treehouse of Horror” episode of The Simpsons.
For probably less than what I paid on batteries to power one vintage fuzz box, the G1Xon provides a lifetime’s worth of effects and amp models (105, to be exact) plus built-in rhythm patterns, a looper and a tuner. All this power is packaged in a compact foot controller that’s about the same width and length as an iPad and features an expression pedal.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear- and rain-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the Samzon/Zoom booth to check out some new Zoom gear. This video profiles the company's new Zoom MS-100BT MultiStomp Pedal with Bluetooth. As an added bonus, Richie Kotzen is doing the demonstrating!
This summer, I built a pro-quality pedal board, but after receiving the Zoom G5 for review, I realize that my summer would have been better spent working on new tunes instead of hunting down parts, soldering cables and grappling with power problems.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario reviews the new G3 guitar effect and amp simulator from Zoom. The G3 is configured like three compact pedals, each with three knobs for adjusting parameters, a footswitch, buttons for scrolling through effects and a large display.