ZOOM GFX-707 Multi-Effects Pedal

Multi-Effects Floor Unit

Made by ZOOM

Description This bargian pedal with 48 effects, Drum machine, and sampler gives you alot for your buck. The whole thing was designed to be easy to use during a live show, with bright LED display and on the fly editing with analog style knobs.
Posted By Jason Reich (1765)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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On 4/12/2002, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a great effect pedal, for the price. It's loaded with features, and the drum machine is nice to practice with. The dist. effect quality could be better, but the real-time editing of effets makes up for it. In conclusion: a good buy.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $129.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
This pedal has the standard up/down pedals, an expression pedal, an knob for the amp simulator, and 3 knobs for real-time effect editing. It runs on both AC and 4 AA batteries.
Sound Quality:
Like most lower-end multieffect pedals, this ZOOM has great modulation effects, while falling disapointingly short on distortions. The amp simulator works okay, but when you switch it to "cabinet mode", it gives it too much "cabinet" sound.
Ease of Use:
This unit has 20 pre-programmed effect "patches", and 20 user "patches". It's a little tricky to figure out how to tweak the effects in the Edit Menu, but once you get used to it you can get some nice sounds.
Durability:
The effect pedal itself lasts forever, but it has burned out 3 AC adapters in the last 3 months. Bummer.
On 3/31/2002, Danny Speight (76) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at other effects units in my reveiw such as the zoom 3030 and the zoom 505 and i thought that this pedal was the best deal for not having to bust the bank to get a good fx pedal.
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Saturn Music
Features:
This effects unit For its price has an excelent range of features Including a sampler, drum maschine and jam play function.
Sound Quality:
I use a discontinude model mheavy metal guitar with a realistic x50 combo amp and a stero y cable with this pedal for good sound quality. I use this pedal for heavy Metal and punk and it is an all around good pedalfor most styles.
Ease of Use:
This unit is good for creating your own effects and features noise reduction which helps the effects sound better. it takes mear minutes to generate a good sounding effect on this pedal.
Durability:
This multi effects unit is made by a well known manufacturer of durable pedals and is a very durable pedal for itsprice and should last at least 2-5 years if well treated
On 1/23/2002, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
Not what I expexted
Features:
It has line or amp mode which is good.
Sound Quality:
Digital... need I say more, the amp simulator is good though
Ease of Use:
Peace of p---..
Durability:
S---, my output is stuffed
On 11/6/2001, Marcelo Rocha de Souza (2016) posted:
Overall Rating:
It's good for study. I've never tested it for live playing, only for jams. Seems to be good.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $130.00 (new)
Where Obtained: BlueMusic
Features:
Effect Programs: 48 types (43 effects + 4 amp simulator settings + ZNR) Effect Modules: 4 modules + amp simulator + ZNR Sampler Function: 6 sec max. recording time Playback speed control Mod and Rev modules are temporarily turned off when the sampler function is used User Patch Memory: 6 banks x 5 30 (rewritable with store) Preset Patch Memory: 6 banks x 5 30 (total 60 patches) Sampling Frequency: 31.25 kHz A/D Conversion: 20-bit, 64x oversampling D/A Conversion: 20-bit, 128x oversampling Input: Standard monaural phone jack. Also serves as Aux In for standard stereo phone jack Input Impedance: 470 kilohms Nominal Input Level: -20 dBm Output: Combined line/headphone output (standard stereo phone jack) Max. Output Level: +3 dBm Output Load Impedance: 10 kilohms or more Display: 6-position alphanumeric LED display, 2-position 7-segment LED display Power Supply: Optional AC adapter 9VDC, 300mA (Zoom AD-0006). Will also work with a 12V adapter. Battery: IEC R6 (size AA) x 4 Battery Life: Approximately 14 hrs with alkaline batteries Dimensions (W x D x H): 235 x 189 x 54mm Weight (without batteries): 740 g
Sound Quality:
I use a Fender California Strat and a Marshall Amp. I play Jazz and Blues. You can program it to do a lot of things you need. Just read with very attention its manual.
Ease of Use:
You can program and it's easy to create its patches. I think you can get a reasonable result if you have patience.
Durability:
Well, I only have used it for study. Seems to be reliable.
On 9/2/2001, Lee Smith (1362) posted:
Overall Rating:
There is one reason i bought this unit,, the price!! for 89 bucks and 66 effect you cant go wrong weather its used for live shows or just fiddling around at home. i would buy this unit again if i needed to or one just like it, just like every thing else it has its good points and bad, here are the good, built in tuner, reverb,chorus and distortion adjustment knobs, built in drum machine and rhythm. the bad. has to be re-programmed every time you use it
Model Year: 2001
Price: $89.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Ron's music
Features:
The controls are fairly simple just turn a knob or step on a pedal, it is both battery and ac i have the ac adaptor and have had no problems with that part i wish it had a tube simulator in the amp type selector
Sound Quality:
I use a basic cheap guitar and the 707 makes it sound real sweet on a baby amp i play rock and am getting into metal and a few of the 707 effects fit right in there.{fuzzy face, lead, compression} there are some effects that are better than others and the better ones are really quite good, like the heavy compression, studio echo, i also think the violin is really good, you can get a dazed and confused sound out of it, the smooth and sunset options are good as well
Ease of Use:
Although i haven't used this part yet, it is programmable the only thing is every time it is unplugged it has to be re-programmed its is pretty easy to use and doesn't take much effort to get a good sound
Durability:
So far it has been reliable i dont use it for live shows mainly because i don't/ havent done any yet but it does sound good real loud,, the unit isn't real sturdy but nothing has come loose yet after 8 months
On 8/27/2001, Victor Abad (963) posted:
Overall Rating:
It's a good idea for begginers, because there are lost's of different effects and a few amp simulations. but the sounds for advanced users don't seem very real
Price: $30000.00 ptas (new)
Where Obtained: a shop
Features:
No tubes (as you can guess from the price) both ac and battery powered
Sound Quality:
With my fernandes and my yamaha amp it sounds ok, but it doesn't have those "hot! distortions that i need for blues and rock.
Ease of Use:
It's not any difficult to use, and you can get the best sound possible very quickly, but the sound is not that sound is not too good.
On 7/28/2001, Niklas Karlsson (42) posted:
Overall Rating:
If it had as great dist. and rev. as it has modulation it would be killer!!!
Model Year: 1999
Price: $160.00 1600 kr (new)
Where Obtained: Music store
Features:
Multi fx with Distortion fx, Eq, Modilation, Reverb,n oise reducer and drum machine......
Sound Quality:
Good things: The modulation fx is quite good and the noise reducer is good for single coils, their is also a cabinet section witch is quite good. Bad things: The distortion is not so good and the reverb is ethier to much or to little.......
Ease of Use:
Its very easy to use...you can use the already programmmed osen or do your own (both very easy)
Durability:
Its steady to the groum perfect for beginners.......
On 4/12/2001, William Saab (162) posted:
Overall Rating:
The good thing about this unit is its price, and especially the value for money. Its only a couple steps down from the big, professional stuff like Boss ME-3 and such, but its price is way lower than those are.

If it got stolen, I would buy another one again... *6 months later: no I wouldn't! I'd get something more durable*

I'd say anyone who is kinda new to the effects side of electric guitars should start with this unit. Its price won;t leave you financially scarred if you don't like it, while if you do like it, you won't feel the need to upgrade anytime soon.
Price: $120.00
Where Obtained: Guitar/ Music Store in Holland
Features:
Its got a pedal (for modifying the sound/creating effect while playing) as well as two smaller foot-pedals for switching between different effects. Its powered either by batteries or AC... I use the AC power option, because I've heard batteries don't last very long in this pedal.
Sound Quality:
This amp is pretty alround, I guess. The distortion effects are really good, as are the clean effects (acoustic simlulators). Some others are just worthless, really, but you can always create your own, or edit existing ones quite easily. Some effects are really good looking at the effect they create, though useless for playing recongnizable music. For background or sthg they may be usefull, but apart from that they just take up space.
Ease of Use:
Creating patches is pretty easy. The manual explains every detail of the editing fairly well. I just wish more patches were openly available on the web, cos its hard to always have to create your own ones, esp when you can't keep them all stored... One negative point here is the if you accidently move one of three knobs at the top of the pedal, the sound get s changed, and often its frustrating to have to retune those knobs again... I'd like to be able to see the numbers before changing them (now, when I want to change, say, gain, I have to turn the knob a bit and the numbers start changing according to how far the knob is turned... All this time, I don't know what the original setting was.)
Durability:
So far, I've got no scatches or anything... Its durable, I think ------------- About 6 months later: Update to my old review... The output jack has pretty much gone to Hell, even though I was very careful with the thing. If I can find the $$$, think I'll be looking for something significantly sturdier soon!
On 4/9/2001, Dominick Guzzo posted:
Overall Rating:
My first real pedal, and its a winner. As i said, i'd buy it again if it were lost or stolen. Its so versatile with everything, maybe individual pedals for each effect will be better, but that also costs a lot more. This thing does everything pretty well for a decent price. Try it out, see how you like it.
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Small Music Store
Features:
Lots of features, drum machine, sampler, tons of effects. Oh yeah, zoom noise reduction, lots of editing features, amp simulator, etc. A longer sampler (10 sec. maybe) would be nice. This thing eats batteries, always try to use the AC adapter.
Sound Quality:
I think it has great sound quality, especially cause there are so many better known brands than zoom. Maybe its just me, but i recently got a NYC Big Muff and the Gfx 707 just has sooo many better tones, for lead, rhytm, anything, than the big muff. The distortions are great, though you may have to do a little tweaking to get something you really like. My favorite lead and rhythm tone came from taking the VanHalen preset and customizing it a bit to beef it up. For the most part the effects are great, the tremolo and flanger could be better, but everything else is cool.
Ease of Use:
Pretty easy, you will have to use the manual for the more complicated features, but most can be figured out just tinkering around. With so many options, it shouldnt be too hard to get a sound you like.
Durability:
Hmmm, one of the few downsides would be its durability. It is made of plastic, not the best for taking a beating. Ive had it for a while, the only real problem has been the input jacks. A few buttons have given me problems, but, hey, i use it a lot :) . I'd buy another if i needed to, but they really should make it sturdier.
On 4/1/2001, Alen Sreckovic (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love the GFX 707, the best purchase in years. i nearly almost got the zoom 505II but when i heard the 707, i bought it. i would buy this pedal again, if it got stolen or lost this unit could be better by including a better tuner The best aspect of the unit is the fact that you get awesome distortions and effects, it also has zoom noise reduction technology, i at first didnt know what this was but i realised when i was playin, none of those annoying noises were coming out of my amp, completely quiet. and when i play, the note you strum is the ONLY note you hear. the pedals tuner is the worst aspect, dont use it. I would like for all the people to go out there and buy one since it is not recognised as much because of the much cheaper zoom 505 series
Price: $350.00 australian dollars (new)
Sound Quality:
I use an Ibanez rg 170 with it on a rage 158 peavey amp. Heavily into MetallicA, into Kirk Hammett. The pedal can be used with any style because custom patches can be created to suite any style. Ive used the ZOOM 505 and the 505II,the gfx 707 kills both of them, the distortions are much better on the gfx 707.
On 3/2/2001, Dominic Hatchuel (4861) posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall, this is an awesome thing. For me, in my (currently) limited capacity as a guitarist, it's the perfect beast. If I had it all to do again, I'd do it again. It's easy to use, easy to get the best out of it and in my opinion, it's something I'll probably hang on to for a long time... perhaps even once I've learnt how those other stomp box thingies really work. It was the first and only multi-effects unit I tried, and when everyone I know and trust recommended it to me, I snapped it up. Inexpensive, (relatively), and good for the price, I have only one criticism. The volume level is not consistent over all the effects. It's not much of a bug bear, if you think about it, but it's my bug bear and I'll keep it, thank you very much... ;-P
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Fourways Music
Features:
This unit has a variety of funky knobs, buttons and an expression pedal. The knobs provide an easy way to edit the preset effects and create your own on the fly. I find I don't use the PCM rythm function because I usually play with a metronome or over backing tracks that I create in MIDI or via Cubasis, although I think it's nifty if you don't have the luxury of that kind of thing. The only downfall I find with this unit is that there doesn't seem to be a universal volume level. Each effect has a different one, which can be a bit of a bummer if you're switching between them. Still, you can customise each of the effects as I said, so that's one way of overcoming this downfall. As far as bang for your buck goes, this will do nicely, thank you. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a multi-effects pedal that's good 'n not too expensive. It uses both battery and AC power, but I would recommend getting the optional AC adapter. Battery life is extremely short, especially if you're flipping around between effects a lot. A nice feature is the tuner which tells you how sharp or flat you are via these really cute little LEDs.
Sound Quality:
I play my Epi LP Goldtop through the unit. The guitar has quite a nice sound on its own. So the effects unit is really not much more than that - effects. Thing is, I don't much use my amp to practice, which is mainly what I'm doing these days. The sounds I get out of the unit come to me either through my 'phones or my 'puter's speakers, and for that it's not bad at all. I play mainly rock/pop, and lately a little blues stuff - really basic. A lot of the preset effects fit quite nicely into both styles. Apart from my Boss DS-1, which I had ages ago, I've never used any other effects units, so I have nothing to compare it to, essentially. So I just kinda dig it because I like the sounds. There doesn't seem to be any unwanted noise, but I haven't put it into a live situation yet. Come to think of it, I haven't put myself into a live situation yet... Most of the effects are really good, some are average and one or two suck big time. Not because they're bad effects, but because I don't like the sound. But you have to check out the wah-wah effect. I played using a friend of mine's "real" pedal, and compared it to the sound from the Zoom. Not bad, not bad at all...
Ease of Use:
The unit is very programmable. There's a whole bank of user efffects you can twiddle with and overwrite. Maybe a small shortcoming is that anything you do is undone the minute you unplug the unit from the mains. It's not that bad a problem, though... because it's so easy to program. Just make sure you keep a record of your created patches for next time. It's like making a great chocolate mousse and then losing the recipe. You never get it quite the same again. At first, getting a good sound is a bit of a fiddle, but once you're used to the way the unit works, it's a doddle. There are also a lot of patches people have developed and made available on the net. Now, if I can just remember where I put those URLs...
Durability:
I've dropped this thing, shaken it up, stomped on it (hard sometimes) and abused it in a variety of inventive ways, and nothing seems to phase it. 'Cept of course the phaser parameter, he he. Not knowing much about Zoom in general, or this unit in particular, apart from what I've experienced, I can't comment on other models from Zoom. Suffice to say that 2 of my friends, who are both much more experienced (and better guitarists) than I am at the moment, swear by this thing.
On 2/26/2001, Ryan Martin (1002) posted:
Overall Rating:
Could use a few more clean sounds. Several useful sounds. Great unit for the price!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $130.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music123.com
On 11/23/2000, Mohammad Al-Yatama (114) posted:
Overall Rating:
I just love the drums and the sampler function the noise reduction system is WONDERFULL!! no more BZZZZZZZZZZZ noise when u use distortion :) i would definetely buy another unit if this one is stolen or lost.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $115.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Duwaliya
Features:
It has one expretion pedal which i mainly use for wah wah or turnin distortion on and off. It features multifunctional switches and buttons. Both AC and battery AC is a MUST this thing is a battery monster!! I wish it had a longer sampler time though 6 seconds is not enough to record much...
Sound Quality:
I use a pretty screwed up samick guitar and this thing makes it sound great. hardly any noise due to zoom noise reduction feature- and i push the distortion to the limit btw...
Ease of Use:
If u Are inteligent enough to read this review u can fully operate this pedal :)
Durability:
Its mainly made from plastic and this worries me. I think if i rais it over my head and drop it 3 times it will break. you cant STOMP on the expresion pedal u have to just step on it. I usually play while sitting down so as to reduce the force i aplly on it with my foot. However by the time this thing is screwed up i think you would be searching for another new specific single effect pedal anyway :)
On 11/12/2000, Edward Azbell (1011) posted:
Overall Rating:
I'm always lookihg to buy new gear. I don't think this unit will fail me. I wish it had longer samplers and a rotating speaker fx.
Price: $180.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Brent's Music Headquarters
Features:
This model has a built in expresion petal that is very tight. The sampler is only 6 sec. long(very dissapointing). You are able to use the Jam feature along with the built in drum machine.
Sound Quality:
With this particular petal I use a Les Paul and a Strat. I like the ideal that I can tweek all the sounds to my liking.
Ease of Use:
The big display is easy to read and very understandable.
Durability:
I only use it in the bedroom/studio. And am very careful with it.
On 8/13/2000, Hunter Matt (23) posted:
Overall Rating:
I really like this pedal.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $165.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Quigleys Music
Features:
This is a nice unit because it uses both AC and battery. It also has no tubes that can where out or will ever need to be replaced.
Sound Quality:
Ease of Use:
This is a very easy to use pedal. You can create your own patches or use the factory pre-sets. And if you ever need to restore it to its origanal set of efects you can.
Durability:
I've dropped it ran it over with my stack and tons of other stuff, it still goes.
On 7/30/2000, Donald Ezell (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at and played a Korg PX3 but I chose this one because it was much less in price. No I would shop around for a more durable unit. More editing capabilities, heavier construction . I like most of the sounds it produces particularly when I hook it up to 2 Amps in Stereo. Worst aspect its not very durable and could be easily broken I've alreasy had to re-solder both inputs because they broke loose from the circuit board because of the poor support.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $149.00 (new)
Where Obtained: ZZounds.com
Features:
Has on-off switch and pedal switches to switch to the different effects and also edit switch and rhythm switch to turn drums on and off also has switch to turn 6 Sec. Sampler on-off. I wish it had more realistic sounding drums and backup bass lines and also more editing capabilities. It is stereo and sounds very good on most settings that I use. No tubes.
Sound Quality:
I use a Peavey T-60 and occasionally an Ovation Breadwinner Solid Body Electric and a Peavey Bandit Amp and a Crate Amp. Contemporary Christian, Blues, Country and Rock. The GFX-707 is suitable for all different styles of music. It sounds similar to other effect pedals I tried out.But some effects are better than others.
Ease of Use:
It is somewhat programmable but changing the patches is somewhat tricky. Yes you do have to fiddle with the editing of the patches to get the sound you want for different situations. It was fairly easy to learn to use the manual is very thorough.
Durability:
It is reliable but you have to be careful when plugging guitar cords in and out of it because it is made of plastic and the support around the plugins is not as sturdy as it should be. Manufacturer is well known but I don't know much about their reputation. Not very heavyduty construction it could be broken if it was dropped or something heavy was dropped on it.
On 7/1/2000, Jason Herfort (663) posted:
Overall Rating:
This would be a very good pedal if it was made to last
Price: $185.00 (new)
Where Obtained: brooks mays music
Features:
Lots of features, a very fun machine to use. The effects are interesting; but, i found that i wanted to combine them in ways not possible on this pedal
Sound Quality:
Very good noise correction and amplification
Ease of Use:
Very, very easy to use and program
Durability:
After about 6 months of use, my output jack is very loose. Everytime I step on the pedal, or tug the guitar, it crak, buzzes and hisses
On 6/19/2000, Irene Galloway (94) posted:
Overall Rating:
A little expensive,but over all geat efeects pedal.drum machine.good for editing to get good sound
Price: $229.00 can (new)
Features:
Great effects pedal powered by eather ac or battery.
Sound Quality:
I have a samick giutar,fenter frontman. play jazz and blues ,rock.has a lot of effects ,drum machine,tuner.metromun,intergrated amp simulater.
Ease of Use:
Easy to use 60 imedate usable pates,edit
Durability:
It says designed for stage,but i don,t play in a band.
On 3/26/2000, Brent Dingman (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is the best practice aid I have seen at this price. The drum machine is especially useful for practice and essential for begining guitarists and those that are unable to jam with others. It has fantastic stereo sound through headphones. Anyone wanna buy my old practice amp? :)
Model Year: 1999
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Woodwind & Brasswind
Features:
Sound Quality:
Ease of Use:
Durability:
On 3/8/2000, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
Overall Rating:
A great pedal for the price. My only qualms are...
The pedal has a very small range of movement.
The 9v adapter is a must. 4 AA batteries last only 6 or 7 hours.
Otherwise, its a great pedal with alot of effects, and I mean alot.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $170.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Features:
A great amount of effects, some usefull, some not. The rythym section has 48 drum patterns that sound great. A built in sampler, tuner, and expression pedal tops it off.
Sound Quality:
The pedal has built in noise reduction, and the effects sound generally good, except for some of the distortions. With a little fine tuning, everything sounds fine.
Ease of Use:
Compared to other digital pedals, this thing is a dream, unfortuneatly, its a digital pedal. They are always a little annoying to use, and programming is kinda weird.
Durability:
The output jack is breaking after a few months of moderate use.
On 3/2/2000, Mike Levesque (5) posted:
Overall Rating:
If you are looking for a cheap multi-effects pedal your search can stop right here. No other in this price range can beat or even come close to it's features.

Here is a link for some custom patches designed by other GFX-707 owners:

http://venus.spaceports.com/~gfx707/
Model Year: 1999
Price: $219.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Steve's Music
Features:
A hell of a lot of effects are included and preset for immediate use. 30 Programmable patches allows for an excellent amount of play and experimentation. Great feature for live shows, allows you to program a series of patches for quick access when playing your sets.
Sound Quality:
The drum machine sounds great for a bargain Multi F/X pedal. Having tried a number of distortion pedals and having a bias for the original BOSS Distortion Pedal this is the best sounding Distortion pedal in comparison that I have been able to find. I love the built-in Noise reduction capabilities of this F/X unit, my Charvel/Jackson uses an Active pickup (You know the one's that require a nine volt Battery) and my main and major complaint about this was always the noise and interference you would get.(Radio stations loved to broadcast on my Guitar) This unit virtually eliminated my interference and buzz problems using active pickups.
Ease of Use:
Excellent, Plug and play. With the 60 Presets and built-in Drum Machine. This unit can be used right out of the box. Even if you are new to effects it is pretty easy to learn how to customize your effects.
Durability:
Although I gave a rating of Average towards the durabilty of this unit. I really haven't rated the durabilty of the unit yet for a couple of reasons. 1. I have only had the pedal for 3 months. 2. I usually want to have the pedal for 1 year to identify problem areas and durabilty concerns.