Zoom G5 Review

When you’re looking for a multi-effects pedal, it can often feel like you have to spend a ton of money to get a really capable piece of hardware. Generally, as you get more affordable, the pedals start hemorrhaging features, gradually shrink to the point where they’re challenging to use live and the catalogue of effects gets smaller and smaller. The Zoom G5 looks like a bargain-hunting guitarist’s dream: up to nine simultaneous effects with over 145 to choose from, and more memory slots than you’ll ever be able to fill, all for a reasonable price. Is it too good to be true, or is the G5 really as excellent as it sounds?
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Boss GT-100 Review

Since releasing their first CE-1 Chorus Ensemble pedal in 1976, the BOSS Corporation has been a stalwart in the world of guitar effects. The latest addition to the company’s flagship GT series, the GT-100, is an absolute beast of an upgrade from BOSS’s last offering, the GT-10. Today we take a look at pros and the cons of the GT-100 to determine if it really is all the pedal it looks to be.
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Roland GR-55 Review

First, it’s important to realise that the Roland GR-55 isn’t a multiFX floorboard per se: it’s a guitar synthesiser. Depending on what you’re going to use it for, this will have a huge influence on whether or not this product is right for you. Certainly, when it comes to design, it hasn’t been developed with use as a live floorboard in mind; rather, it has been aimed towards the home studio market with a fully functional MIDI interface to drive external equipment.
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Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Review

Line 6’s M5 and M9 stompbox modelers have a lot to offer the average guitarist, with plenty of effects to choose from and (on the M9) enough footswitches to get you through the occasional gig without any hiccups, but the M13 takes things further. It’s the big boy of the family, packing a massive 15 footswitches and up to four simultaneous effects, but it’s also the most expensive.
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Line 6 Floor POD Plus Review

When the original POD was released, it was a revolution in the world of multi-effects, but it wasn’t perfect. The biggest issue was with changing patches, which was challenging to do on-the-fly without the addition of an external foot controller, presenting big problems for using the pedal live. The Floor POD was inevitable for that reason, but as one of Line 6’s earliest footboard-style pedals, it also had a few niggling issues. The Floor POD Plus sees Line 6 refining the same formula, aiming to improve on the standard model and give guitarists something dependable, easy to use and road-worthy.
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Line 6 POD XT Live Review

Coming from the company that made the groundbreaking POD, the Pod XT Live is a natural progression from the classic kidney bean unit to a floorboard unit, while removing the need for a separate floor controller along the way. Mind you, what we’re left with is still a fairly hefty device and probably as heavy as most practice amps. But, for what you get for your money, it’s very much worth it.
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Line 6 POD X3 Live Review

The Pod X3 Live is the on-the-floor version of Line 6’s popular X3 kidney-shaped model and is clearly targeted, as the name suggests, towards the gigging musician. Certainly, for all practical purposes, the X3 Live has been designed with live performances in mind. All the technology is protected by a sturdy metal box that comes fitted with Line 6’s innovative steel handlebars.
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Digitech RP355 Review

The RP355 is the mid-sized multi-effects unit from Digitech’s RP series, packing more pedals than the RP255 or 155, but not being quite as formidable and well-stocked as the larger RP500 or 1000. This puts it in a pretty good position for the average guitarist, striking a good balance between size, hands-free capability, portability and price, but there are plenty of similar effects pedals vying for domination in the mid-size category, so the RP355 has to do something special to really stand out.
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Digitech RP500 Review

Over the last few years the DigiTech Company has garnered a reputation for delivering great, value-for-money multi-effects units that cater to what guitarists need; and their second largest pedal in the RP series, the RP500 is no exception. The design philosophy of the RP500 according to DigiTech is to offer players the versatility of a fully-fledged switching system in a multi-effects unit that can easily be used along with an array of other pedals. Today we take an in-depth look at the pros and cons of the DigiTech RP500.
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Digitech RP1000 Review

As far as DigiTech’s line of multi-effects pedals go, the RP1000 is arguably the DigiTech Company’s flagship product. The older brother of the RP500, the RP1000 is an absolute beast that is the ideal choice for the performing guitarist that’s looking for a pedal versatile enough to handle 100s of tonal options. Today we take a closer look at the pros and cons of the DigiTech RP1000.
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