Suggestion: Zoom G3 or B3?
I'm right now looking to either grab a Zoom G3 or B3. Regardless of which I get, I'm going to grab an expression pedal to hook up - so the built-in expression of the G3X doesn't factor in.
Obviously, the B3 seems to have quite a few very useful things for a bassist that a G3 does not - and I'm a bassist, through-and-through. I do not plan to use whatever pedal I get with anything but a bass.
That said, I do quite a bit of solo material on bass. Usually this involves laying down a bass loop, slapping in percussion, layering different sounds and then soloing over all of it.
I also am the primary lead voice in my band.
So, with that said, why am I considering a G3? It's because of the six FX slots. I can absolutely see a situation wherein I'd want, for instance, an expression-controlled wah, feeding into an overdrive, with some synth sounds on it, delayed, possibly chorused and with reverb. While that's an extreme, it's clear that there are definitely situations in which I'd desire more than three fx in my chain.
But that said... there are some awesome looking things in the B3. The bass amp models, bass-specific eqs / exciters / boosters, extra synths, bass distortions, etc. come to mind.
So I'm sorta chewing on what to do here. If zoom would just upgrade the firmware like they did with the G3s so that there were six slots, this wouldn't be an issue - but as it stands I'm kinda torn.
Take a look at the GT10B .....excellent unit and support.
I own a GT 10B as well (after owning a Zoom B2.1u before that) and while I would recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone (especially someone interested in experimenting with sounds as that thing is extremely flexible) it's 2.5 times the price of a B3, so it's not exacly a cheap option ;).
I never tried the G3/B3 so I can't comment directly on those, but something I'd keep in consideration is whether you have something else aside from the B3/G3 to shape the tone. If you have a good amp or some other pedals that can give you already good overdrive/distortion and a proper EQ then 3 slots could work, otherwise you might feel a bit restrained: if you need a slot for the preamp and one for the overdrive just to get a proper tone you have only one other slot to work with, so you can forget getting some complex/weird/experimental sounds out of it.
I would recommend trying the G3 on a bass before making the decision.
I use the GT 10B not only with my bass, but also with synth and guitar, and even if it's not its intended purpose it works nicely anyway (even the heavy distortions on the guitar sound good). However it might not be the case of the G3 applied to a bass, as effects like preamps and distorsions might not sound good.
Sounds like the G3 would suit you better.
I have one of each and I compared a few effects back to back between the two when the G3 arrived. I didn't notice any difference in effects (to my ears anyway) as long as the settings were the same on both.
Where the B3 wins over the G3 is that in a number of effects there are extra parameters available for adjustment in it that the G3 doesn't have.
This is where the sonic differences start to appear.
Maybe a B3 along with a MS-50 or MS-100; bass specific piece and mondo flexibility
For bass, the zoom b3. this multi-effects processor has a huge variety of effects, amp and cab models. if you happen to own one and needed some nifty patch ideas, come visit my zoom b3 patch ideas thread. there you will find a lot of unique patch ideas.
As for the zoom g3, that's more suitable for guitar. you could purchase the zoom g3 for your guitar if you do a lot of home recording. that's what I've been doing besides posting patch ideas for the zoom b3 and the zoom ms-60b here. I own a zoom b3(of course) for my bass and I own a zoom g2.1nu for my guitar and I oftenly record songs that I come up with for my bands. so if your situation happens to be home recording, I would suggest using the zoom b3 for bass and the zoom g3 for guitar. unless you intend on doing an experiment with the zoom g3 on your bass, you probably would want to get a blender pedal to mix the dry signal with the effected signal. so that way, you would be able to get a killer sound without obliterating lows. other than that, I vote for the zoom b3 for bass guitar.
We have a Landslide here!
I think a lot of you are missing something here.
I'm not as interested in the modeling / tone shaping. I mean, yes - these things are useful - but that said, it's not my main focus in getting a pedal.
I play a *lot* of solo bass. A lot. As such, I'm much more interested in expanding the variety of textures I have at my availability than shaping my overall tone.
I can absolutely see a situation in which I'd want, as I mentioned above:
All on at once. I would never be able to do that with a B3... right?
Are the bass-specific FX really worth the trade off of reducing the ability to stack FX by half?
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