Zoom G5n Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

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89 out of 100. Incorporating 325+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$330
Zoom G5n

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 89/100 is based on analysis of 325+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Zoom carries on their line of large-format multi-effects units with the Flagship Zoom G5n. It takes the best of the company's take on several different pedals, effects, and amps and refines them.

Featuring 4 individual screens for each active effect (and a total of 9 simultaneous) and a longer screen for an overview of the signal chain, you get a bird's eye view of every effect you load.

Zoom is known for their great suite of effects and models ranging from vintage fuzzes, boutique overdrives and even rare delays and modulations with full tweakability for all of them.

The 4 screens include individual knobs to mimic an analog workflow.

To round out the features, an 80 second looper is included.

Key Specs:

  • Effects: 68 (9 Simultaneous)
  • Amp Modeling: 5
  • Presets: 100 artist presets, 200 user presets
  • Footswitches: 9
  • Input: 1 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x 1/8" (aux in), 1 x 1/4" (control)
  • Output: 2 x 1/4" (left/mono, right), 1 x 1/8" (headphones)
  • Extra Features: Chromatic Tuner, 80 second looper,
  • USB: 1 x Type B USB (For Update, Audio Interface and Power)
  • Dimensions: 17.87" x 8.85" x 2.95"
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs.

Pros

Users praise the unit for being an incredible value. Some reviewers mention that it's primary competitors cost hundreds of dollars more. The onboard effects also received praise for their sound quality and feel. The ability to tweak effects analog style was also mentioned as a plus. 4 effects can have their controls visible at a time so analog pedal tweakers enjoyed this feature the most.

Cons

Not enough amp models. While the included ones are great on their own, other people looking for specific tones wanted a bit more. No option to load your own IR Cabinets.

Overall

Zoom has always been like a brand for the masses. The working guitarist that just needs something that works. This doesn't mean that Zoom products compromise on quality as they present incredible value. This amount of features comes rarely at this price point. If you're a budget conscious guitar player that wants a digital multi-effect to satisfy your tweaking needs, the G5n is a great pick.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Guitar Multi Effects Pedals / Processors.

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