Having seen the development of the Zoom range of guitar effects over the years, it has been great to see the ideas all fall into place – one by one – to end up with a flagship unit like the one that landed on my studio floor this month. Those of you who have used Zoom products before will know that the effects are always top-notch, delivering quality in audio and modelling at any stage in their current range. What the G5n does is bring together the best of the best and combine them into a user interface that is designed with picky guitar players in mind. It is not just a set of pre-set patches, it offers the user to the options that individual pedals do, but with far more variety and versatility.
One thing that I love about this board, which has so much on offer, is the way in which it operates both like a multi-effects board and at the same time behaves like a selection of individual stomp boxes. The lower section of the top panel has five buttons to help you navigate through patches, set up the temp or engage the tuner. You do need a pointy toe on your boot to engage these easily, no problem for me there, as they are tucked in, out of the way for the other operations. Above these are the four stompbox sections that allow you to have your choice of the 68 models loaded up for instant recall. It’s like having all the great pedals you always wanted and you can recall a patch with your choice of pedals appearing right beneath your foot.
TONE, TONE, TONE
I’m not usually a fan of larger multi-effects boards, preferring the flexibility of individual effects. Well, this is what the G5n offers you with four separate parameters that can be adjusted with each effect brought up on the four separate stompboxes. With each different effect, you get a different set of parameters, most appropriate to that effect. So, you can sculpt the tone you are after from each of these models and store them as part of a larger collection for recall any time. Ten great amp models allow you to run this unit straight into a PA, or you can simply use it as an effects board in line with your own amp for an unlimited range of possible tones to keep you tapping your feet across the board.
Hits and Misses
Great sounding effects and models
Stompbox style effects recall
Easy to read screens showing effects parameters
Simple storage and recalling of patches
Volume pedal has very little range in movement