ZOOM GM-200

Multi-Effects Pedal

Made by ZOOM

Description Single Channel Processor Effect for Guitar. Features about 11-12 Amp/Cabinet simulations including echo, reverb, tremolo, and noise gate.
Posted By Juan Polk (79)
Directory Equipment: Effects
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On 1/1/2003, Inactive Member posted:
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I chose this because it was a discontinued item and priced at $50. I believe that every multi-effect simulator colors vintage tones, and sometimes it is necessary to have a host of multi-effects units just for variety.

If this were lost/stolen, I would not buy it again. Primarily for the reasons stated in the other sections of this review.

In order to improve this piece, the noise reduction and EQ issues would have to be taken care of.
Price: $50.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
This is a table top effects unit much like the Pod, V-Amp, or J-Station. It is made up of a top pannel that has rotary knobs to select the amp model, effect,"cabinet" characteristics, gain, noisr reduction, output, and EQ. This can be powered by batteries or by the standard 9v 300 Ma wall wart styled adapter. This emulation pedal contains all the essentials that you need to try to get the sound that you are looking for. The only things that I would add is the ability to use more than one effect at a time as well as increase the number of effects that are present. In terms of effects you are only given: * chorus * tremelo * echo * spring reverb I mean, come on... no flanger or phaser??? You also cannot modify the depth or the rate of the chorus and there is no tap delay for the echo...
Sound Quality:
I use this with a few guitars, a custom Godin with P-90s, an Epiphone Dot, Fender Strat, Fender Jazz bass and a nylon string acoustic electric. This guitar works for most musical styles, although there are some issues with the noise reduction. When using the noise reduction, sometimes it will cut off a not that your are trying to sustain. You can be in the middle of a wonderfully soulful run and when you want that last note to linger - BAM - snapped back to reality as the note disappears. I also find that the there is WAY TOO MUCH low end in this piece. I tend to have to roll off the bass all the way in order to reduce the muddyness of the low end... I use this for clean sounds - for jazz and leads. Although I have found 2 nice settings for jazz, I have yet to find a lead tone that leaps out and says PLAY ME.
Ease of Use:
This unit is programmable, but as with most zoom products they put so much functionality into a small package that subtle tuens of the knobs alter the sound sometimes in a way that's not desired. If you look at the list of presets that you can dial in, you will see exactly what I'm talking about. Of all the multi-effect units that I have, this is by far the least used.
Durability:
This is a table top unit that if taken care of, will last for a very long time. Zoom is known for making quality units. I own several zoom drum machines, rack mount units, and effects their products last as long as they are well taken care of.
On 7/31/2002, Chet Feathers (995) posted:
Overall Rating:
I tried a Line 6 POD and it seemed a little overpriced even with some of the functions that are not in this unit. Sound quality was about the same. If anything happened to this unit I would replace it.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $45.00 (new)
Where Obtained: eBay Auction
Features:
11 amp selections, 4 adjustable effects choices, 11 output characteristics, gain, master level, treble, middle, and bass controls. Comes with a power supply, but also works on 6 AA batteries. Can be used through headphones, amp, stereo, or mixer.
Sound Quality:
Epihone LP Standard, Fender MIM Standard Strat, and Jay Turser Violin Bass guitar all sound excellent through this unit.
Ease of Use:
Unit is very basic and uses no presets or memory. Just by turning a knob or two you cna get some very cool sounds and effects.
Durability:
Made of very lightweight plastic so probably would not withstand being dropped from high places, however it does seem to be made to last.
On 10/25/2001, Juan Polk (79) posted:
Overall Rating:
In light of not buying that Line-6 POD unit that I consider almost flawless the Zoom unit had not let me down considering its price, and features. I love the Line-6 POD, but it has similar disadvantages with its shape, power supply, inputs. I was waiting for the rack mounted POD since that was more convenient for me. Well $500.00 was a little rich for my blood for a guitar effect. There is also an issue of these POD's being stolen in performance by thieves. At $135.00 I have not been dissapointed with my unit, and I give it a hardy reccomendation for other musicians.
Price: $135.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash NY
Features:
I was pleasantly surprised when I purchased my Zoom unit. I was intending to buy the Line-6 POD for guitar when I went to Sam Ash NY. The POD was most impressive, but for its price the Zoom has performed admirably well. There is an input level switch for adapting the phono plug input between guitar level, and line level input. The odd shape of the unit is one of several minor design problems because the unit is made of plastic, and may be damaged if accidentally stepped on. I think that a better package would have been a flat,rectangular box or tabletop unit with controls on front. The unit should not have been a floor mounted item since there are no pedals or controls requiring foot action to operate them. I do not in general like the power supply system that the unit uses because the amount of power that the unit normally uses discharges the internal battery's {(6) AA @9V total} very quickly. The unit may be powered by an external "Wall Wort" 9V,1Amp power supply {not supplied} I hate the use of "Wall Wort" supplies since they usually are hard to fit on most AC power socket strips, and have very cheap or thin wires and plugs. These tend to break, twist & tangle, or short out during performance or activities on stage. I would have preferred an internal AC power supply to have been included. All in all this is the best effect unit that I have purchsed recently, and I plan to buy another one before they are taken off of the market. They are very good for home studio, and "Bed Room" practice use.
Sound Quality:
I have several guitars and have used the unit with Gibson,Left handed, 6x12 String Double-Neck Guitar, Fender, Left Handed, Squire Stratocaster Guitar. Fender Precision, and Jazz Bass. Gibson G-3 Bass. I like the sound of the GM 200 when used with basic power amplifier speaker setups. The unit gives flat sounding amp-speakers some "Balls & Character". The unit features its own "Bass-Mid-Treble" controls so that flat sounding PA systems, and amplifiers can be used to amplify your sound. The reverb sound quality when applied in moderate amounts can sound as good as older studio quality plate reverb units that I have used, and are far superior to old Fender spring reverbs. The long delay of the Echo effect reminds me of the old Echo-Plex units (without the hiss&hum). Most modelers have claimed that their units faithfully model some amp combos of which most of us are familiar. What I found out is that for a guitarist who wants a good recordable predictable sound from his system this unit will give you a good sound. There is a tendency for the channels marked "Drive" to have slightly too much gain making string, cord, pick up noise excessive. There is a very useful variable noise gate control if needed. This is worth the price of the unit itself. I prefer a "Blue" sound in my amps similiar to that of a Fender Twin Combo,and the GM 200 hits that sound on the head. Its crunchy Mesa-Boogie sound is on the head also.
Ease of Use:
In performance it is not so good because of its unique shape,power supply system,input &output connectors. It is very workable if placed in a reasonably safe location on or near your amp. The sound effects are not definitive, but are intuitive. There are no sounds marked:Marshall Stack, Fender Twin, e.t.c, but several infinitly variable rotational dials to set the sound. It is not a "Fast" unit in as it does not switch quickly between modes, or effects smoothly since it has no "Presets". There are no reference numbers on most of the controls so when you find that special sound you have to mark the unit {crayon} so that you can remember what it was. However when used to set up your amplifier/speaker's "Flavor" the unit provides the best sound that I have heard in recent years. In performance the unit works better as a "Set and Forget" effect to sculpt your overall sound. I have found the most practical connection setup to be placing the unit within an amplifier's "effect loop". This gives the most convenient consistent sound.
Durability:
The unit is composed almost completely of plastic. If placed in a reasonably safe location I do not see a real problem with the unit. I wish that Zoom had recessed all of the controls in the unit so that they cannot be changed or altered in performance.