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 modeling at any stage in their current range. What the G5n does is to 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 preset patches, it offers the user 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 stompboxes. The lower section of the top panel has five buttons to help you navigate through patches, set up the tempo 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.
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