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Based on 13 Reviews
I actually have the G3X, which is essentially the same with the addition of an expression pedal. It works great as a looper and also has some decent drum beats for practicing. Time based and subtle effects are gold on this pedal. Distortions and Overdrives aren't quite as satisfying as the real thing, but definitely usable.
A great selection of effects.
As I mainly use overdrive and delay (which I have separate pedals for) with the amps reverb, I use this for "miscellaneous" effects that I may need. The tube screamer on the G3 isn't quite the same as my actual TS808 but still sounds good. It depends how neurotic you are.
If you want modulation, delay and reverb, good choice.
This was my first effects pedal of any kind, and has served me well. Love the delays and the modulation stuff, but I'm not too keen on the distortions and amps (still usable but I'd go for dedicated dirt pedals). Good if you're looking for loads of effects, and for the price I got it at you can't go wrong if you're new to effects. For the purists, I do notice a bit of signal degradation/tone sucking when compared to an effects-free chain or with my other effects, which makes me use this effects unit less than I used to. (Why spend money on a nice tube amp when your signal is getting degraded somewhere else?) EDIT: Forgot to add that I love the looper and tuner
Versatile but with limits
I bought the Zoom G3 because reverbs and delays are very expensive and I'm very much into shoegaze. The multi-effect pedal is pretty good. I would strongly recommend it to everyone. The pros are the amp simulation, chorus, delays, reverbs and vibe, they have a good quality and gives tons of room to creativity. On the other hands, the drives, distortions, flangers, fuzzes, phasers and octaver are not that good, I don't think that they are reliable enough to be a vital part of you pedalboard. I used my own OD and distortion pedals with the Zoom G3 to fill its blanks. But, in the end, it is low budget and very good option, specially if your beginning in the pedal world.
Very Good Swiss Army/Utility pedal
This does alot of jobs in 1 box. Drum Machine, 40 sec looper, and about every effect you could want. There are no Tails on this unit, which is featured on the MS-50G, which I would prefer if it had it. Doesn't self oscillate like MS-50G either. It's also missing 6 effects (like the Leslie and "Stomp" delay) all in all, one of the best Utility pedals on the market that can save you a lot of money.
Remarkably capable, great value for the price
It has six slots, it's got remarkably decent tones. Used it for my Korg volcas, and now I am using it for my guitar. Times change, this beauty change with me. One regret is that I didn't get the model w/ a foot pedal. Might have to get a good expression pedal soon