Zoom G11 review

Zoom returns to take on the multi-FX floorboard competition

Zoom G11
(Image: © Future)

Guitar World Verdict

The Zoom G11 is so easy to use that it won't take you long to start navigating its many, many features. There are heaps of amps and effects, of course, but with its built-in USB interface makes it an excellent recording tool, while the mono/stereo effects loop allows to incorporate your favourite pedals.


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    Effects loop allows you to add extra pedals to the mix.

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    Load third part IRs.

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    Built-in 4x4 USB interface.

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    Easy to use.

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    Looper has up to five minutes of recording time.

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    Onboard rhythm patterns make for a great practice tool.


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    Presets are a bit bland.

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    Pitch shifting isn't that great.

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Digital modelling has moved on apace since 2016 when Zoom launched their last multi-FX processor, but the G11 brings their G-series right up to date with innovations like a touchscreen and IR use. 

With 240 patch slots, built from up to 10 blocks, and with effects plus amp/speaker simulation, the G11 offers a whole signal chain that can be used direct into a PA, FRFR speaker system or recording gear. Alternatively, you can forget about the amps and set up patches that are pure effects for a whole range of instantly accessible pedalboards to use with your own amp.  

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.