This thing has every feature you could want for use practicing at home. The jam-along features are endless fun and have done wonders for my rhythm and chops. The slow-down learning feature has let me finally figure out those ripping jimmy herring solos I could never get. The tones offer plenty of variety.
A little too much hiss, and some effects are lame and gimmicky and you'll never use them; but overall, the sounds are great.
Easy to use. However, the lack of a footswitch or preset buttons to move quickly between settings means that it's probably not practical for use with live performance.
Construction feels solid. It's worked without a hitch so far for me (six months of daily use).
This unit about the size of a pack of cigarettes has so many effects (124, seven used at one time, think of all the combinations!)) that you could take a long time to figure them all out. It is an exceptional unit for home practice and recording, a lot of fun.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
It has a multitude of knobs that for the most part are doubled up to perform a huge variety of functions. It comes with batteries, but I also got the optional 4.5V adaptor.
There is a slight noise issue when used through an overdriven amp, but when used alone with a good set of headphones it has outstanding quality.
The Unit has loads of preset programs, (it'll take me years to try them all!) but you can also set up your own programs and store them for later use. It comes with a reasonably long and detailed instruction book, which is probably needed. There is quite a long "learning curve" before grasping everything this little unit can do.
A small, compact unit, doesn't look like it would stand up to too much punishment. (The book has a list of cautions).
Amzing, weldone Korg, dont ask me ask Joe satriani, steve vai and john petrucci these guyz use it!
Model Year: 2002
Price: $329.00 canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Canada
Amazing, wouldl take me ages to write a review, bascially you dont ahve to blast neighbours there is professional sounds, efffects, amps, and backing tracks to jam to, and record cds on to, tons of stuff check it out www.korg.com
Amazing, the preset is awesome but you can tweak it even more and change it
A sinch, very easy to use
Built very well, solid thing
If its good enough for Steve Vai and Joe S I figured it was good enough for me , and it is !!! Its small compact and does it all. Great in the stuido. I ve recorded with this and the Drum and base line it does are great. the bass lines follow and the beats get more pronounced when you play harder and the REMS reflects the guitar pickup sound of the effect to give it rich sound
I love it
simplfy your effects this will replace a lot of your gear and make your life a lot easyer
Model Year: 2002
Price: $199.99 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Gane treble bass vol knobs with all the bells and such to alter your sound and tone INT (REMS) intergration. AC or DC power input
1/4 in connections along with headphone input
50 preset cabnet and amp combos and real time effects
Synth, Bow slow pan flang and all the best in a small box stereo sound on some effects chorus filter etc
I ve run this through my Randell with a 4X12 cabnet as well as my Fender Roc 1000 with 4x12 it also performes well through a randell 2x12 amp as well as my Carvin bel Air 50.
I play blues to rock and it fits the bill every time.
I have tones of effects but this is a do all for someone whos look ing for a unit without dishing out a ton of monies . Its become my one and only performs well live as well as in the stuido
Simple to use and alter can be reset to factory specs creating and editing is a breez and phrase learning is simple to use for learning hooks
This is simple to use and its size makes it easy to use live ,it has a strap bracket so you can put it on your strap when using it live
Gigs well and is in keeping with the KORG name well made and fits in your pocket you'd have to be lame to have something happen to it.
I didn't look at any other effects units. When this one came out, I took my PX-3 and traded it in for the PX-4. It's a good unit to practice with. It's a great unit to record with. I probably wouldn't use it live, although I would like to.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This PX-4 has been radically redesigned since the PX-3. The following items have been given dedicated knobs:
* amp model
* master volume
* tap tempo
* patch selection
This is a BIG imporvement over a lot of the multi use buttons that were in the predecessors.
This unit is both battery powered and AC powered. Unfortunately, the AC rating is 4.5 volts with some strange mWatt rating... and the size of the adapter is non standard too... Every music store I've talked to said "Go to Radio Shack to get an adapter." The problem is that Radio Shack doesn't offer a "wall wart(?)" to the exact specifications, so you have to get a "best fit"
This is a stereo unit, and it has no tubes.
I use this with a custom Godin LG and a Trademark 60 amp. I use this to play in an ambien jazz band, although this unit can be used for heavier distortions, good cleans, etc.
This unit does have some noise issues. When I attempt to send this through the effect loop on my amp, it adds A LOT of noise... so much noise that I thought that it was damaged. I plugged it into the PA and it was quiet as a church mouse. So, then I thought there may be a problem with my effects loop, until I plugged my Boss GT-5 in... so, I concluded the following...
The PX-4 was intended to be an insert effect and not a looped effect.
By the way, if you want to use it as an insert effect you can, but there is no passive bypass... this unit must be on in order for the bypass to work... ARRRRGH.
This unit is VERY programmable and it is very easy to edit patches... it does not take a lot of fiddling to get the sound that you want.
I was able to take my single coil travel guitar and was able to edit out a lot of the twange and add some depth to it, so that makes me happy...
Realiable enough for live playing... yes, but would I do it... no.
Since the effect has to be used as an insert, it would have to be on the entire gig. This would be murder on the your bank account in terms of batteries... and since you can't find an "exact" match on the power supply....