I chose this one cause I was 14 or so and my options were limited. I know other people with zoom stuff and it just all sounds like crap. My advice is to save up and buy digitec.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $169.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pro Music
It has distortion,compressor,EQ,flanger,chorus,delay,and reverb. It doesn't take batteries just AC.
I wish it had more controll over the effect parameters.
This unit sounds like crap no matter what I'm using it with. The 4x12 cab simulator adds so much bass it sounds like your speaker has gas.
I let two other people mess with it and niether me or them could get a good lead sound out of it. For chord stuff it's ok but not great.
It's easy to use but you can only go forward in the patch list so if your on A-1 and need to be at 7-3 you have to go forward through all those patches.
It's made of plastic.........I haven't had a problem with it but then again I never use it anyway.
I looked at a couple of other units at the time, and figured that I don't always use two amps it did'nt have to be stereo. Adding a metal case and stereo outs would improve an already good unit, but its soon to be discontinued and I think they've addressed these issues in a costlier unit.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $135.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Rhythms, Syracuse NY
This unit was initially purchased for spatial considerations i.e., it's small. But it packs a wallop! The best way to use this unit is with a loud, clean amp. Tubes are my cup o' tea , solid state also works well. The tuner is quick and accurate and is visible on a dark stage and the effects although 16 bit, sound generally great. Distorion flavors are abundant, digital delay up to 480ms (could have been a little more), good sounding reverb, only OK chorus(the unit is mono) and plastic case are the only two weak points in an otherwise compact, yet arguably outdated package. Still use it on half of my gigs! Oh yeah, definitely get the control pedal that doubles as a wah-wah.
I use either Strats, Teles, LP's, archtops and electro-acoustics and blackface Fenders, Peavey transistor amps, anything works as long as you have sufficient headroom. It works for all styles of music and is pretty quiet. I don't think it has true bypass, I don't bypass it anyway.
The first thing anyone should do after purchasing a programmable efx unit is to sit down and program it. Edit, erase, these things don't bite! As with some inexpensive units there is some degree of keystroking but it's easy to get used to.
Although the case is high impact-resistent polystyrene..ok, plastic I have yet to compromise it's rigidity. I dont know Zoom's history but it s done a great job for me.
Price: $158.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Shop Hartman
The wah is not too powerful, but for that money...
It could switch between sounds a bit faster, but no FX does really.