A world’s worth of guitar and bass effects at your feet
Playing guitar is all about the journey. It’s a journey into self-discovery, figuring out what type of player we are and what sounds really make us tick, what amplifiers we prefer to put our guitar through, and eventually which effects help us channel that sound that’s in our head. For most of us in the guitar world, Zoom pedals have been by our side on that journey in some form or another. The Zoom multi effects pedals have a special place in a lot of guitarists hearts as for many of us, they were the first point of call when it came to getting a lot of high quality guitar effects pedals in one easy to use unit – enabling us to discover what sounds really get our musical hearts aflutter.
An ever-evolving brand, Zoom have been perfecting their guitar and bass effects pedals over the years to provide both the beginner and the professional with a stage ready multi effects unit that will last a lifetime. This year, they’ve outdone themselves with the Zoom Multistomp range and added to an already impressive arsenal of larger units with the Zoom B1on, B1Xon, G3n, G3Xn & G5n multi effects processor units. Let’s take a closer look at 5 of our favourite new Zoom pedals for guitar and bass players alike.
Zoom MS-50G Multistomp Effects Pedal
This new Zoom MS-50G Multistomp Effects Pedal is a complete one-stop shop of effects for the guitarist in need of a myriad of options. This isn’t your regular multi-effects unit though – this is an absolute monster packed with 55 different effects in a single stompbox. Each effect is easily accessed via a category: Dynamics / Filter, Overdrive / Distortion, Amp models, Modulation / Special Effects, and Delay / Reverb. You can even use up to 6 effects at the same time and make good use of the 50 patch memories, 30 of which already pre-loaded onto the unit.
There’s also a chromatic tuner onboard too. The LCD screen with contrast control is easy to read in the darkest of venues and is a very handy tool, allowing you to see which effects you’re using. They say good things come in small packages, and in this case “they’re” not wrong.
Zoom MS-70CDR Multistomp Effects Pedal
Designed for both guitarists and bassists, the Zoom MS-70CDR Multistomp Effects Pedal completely cuts down the amount of pedals on your board by combining 86 effects in one sturdy box. For those who enjoy a vast array of different chorus, delay and reverb effects, this is the pedal for you as you can get to grips with 31 different chorus effects, 26 mono and stereo delays as well as 25 lush reverb effects.
There’s also a selection of dynamics effects / filters optimized for guitar and bass. When we say effects, we don’t mean ones that you’ve never hard of either, these pedals include emulations of some of the most popular industry standard effects including the likes of the Electro-Harmonix Small Clone, strymon TimeLine and TC Electronic Hall of Fame just to name a few. Use up to 6 effects at the same time and arrange them in any order you like. This is the perfect pedal for those in need of studio quality effects in an easy to carry unit that fits in your hand.
Zoom MS-100BT Multistomp Pedal with Bluetooth
The Zoom MS-100BT Multistomp Pedal with Bluetooth is an absolute powerhouse of an effects unit and the world’s first multi-effects pedal with Bluetooth. It’s jam packed with 92 effects as well as 8 amp simulators, including Dynamics / Filter, Overdrive / Distortion, Amp models, Modulation / Special effects, Delay / Reverb. You also have 8 authentic amp models including valve and solid state offerings from Fender, Marshall and Vox to name a few.
If 100 effects aren’t enough, you have access to StompShare, the one stop shop for effects and amp models. Simply download the free StompShare app from the Apple App Store and browse the virtual store like you would a guitar shop. You can even try out the effects and amps before you buy them for 15 minutes and then upload them via Bluetooth to your guitar pedal permanently or, move on to the next effect.
Download the app and start shopping for new pedals and effects here
Zoom B1Xon Bass Guitar Multi Effects and Expression Pedal
Don’t worry bass players, we haven’t forgotten about you. The Zoom B1Xon Bass Guitar Multi Effects and Expression Pedal is packed to the brim with 105 bass effects that you can sculpt and mould to your liking. The bigger brother of the B1on, this model features an integrated expression pedal providing greater control over your sound, whether you want to adjust the Wah, change the delay time or manipulate the modulation speed.
It also acts as a volume pedal and can adjust the amount of gain going to the amp. It’s easy to use, and even easier to select effects thanks to the large backlit LCD screen and allows you to scroll through your patches silently whilst keeping the one you’re using operational, meaning changes are made easily without affecting your tone or performance. There’s also 68 internal rhythm patterns to play with, allowing you to practice at home or perform live jams. A built in looper with up to 30 seconds of CD-quality audio recording will keep you busy too. This is an extremely affordable multi effects and expression pedal with a world of effects and amps to choose from.
Zoom G5n Guitar Multi Effects Processor With Expression Pedal
Whatever style of music you play, the Zoom G5n Guitar Multi Effects Processor with Expression Pedal is packed with enough effects and amp models to help you achieve your ideal sound. The G5n features a massive arsenal of effects, in fact it’s packed with 70 DSP effects (68 FX, 1 looper pedal, 1 rhythm pedal) including the likes of overdrive, distortion, compression, EQ, delay, reverb, flanging, phasing, vibrato, and chorus effects. You also have access to an array of multi-effects such as Seq Filter, Gold Drive, Reverse Delay, HD Hall, and OSC Echo, but the sounds don’t stop there – oh no, there’s so much more. There’s also 10 onboard amp and cabinet emulators to scroll through including classics such as a Fender twin Reverb, JCM800 and British 30W Class A Combo amp – all of which can be adjusted as you would if the amps were sat in your practice room.
However, the really interesting thing about this Zoom multi effects unit comes in the form of the 100 custom crafted combinations. The G5n comes with 100 custom designed patches that allow you to recreate some of the most famous guitar tones ever put to record. Scroll through iconic sounds made famous by Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Michael Schenker, and Brian May or explore new tonal territory with select combinations created by some of today’s top guitarists with sounds put together by session players/band members for artists including: Megadeth, Smashing Pumpkins, Torche, Stevie Wonder. There’s also the option to create your own signature sound too, you can select these sounds on the unit and utilise the Zoom Guitar Lab software on Mac/Windows to download new patches, effects and amp simulators or tweak your own. Say goodbye to that cumbersome pedal board!
View the complete range of Zoom Multi-effects pedals over at the Dawsons website.
Lee Glynn is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Liverpool, England. After moving to the UK from Perth, Australia, Lee enjoyed a successful career as guitarist in Liverpool based rock band Sound of Guns. After releasing two albums, a myriad of EPs / singles and touring extensively around the world for 6 years including stops at Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, as well as the coveted Reading & Leeds Festivals, Lee decided it was a time for a change of scenery.