All user reviews for the Korg G3

Average Score: 4.2 ( 4.2/5 based on 9 reviews )
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Value For Money: Excellent
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mooseherman 08/24/2011

mooseherman's review "Decent interface, but not as good as I heard it was."

3
This is a multi-effects pedal made by Korg. It was a brand new type of pedal when it first came out, and was highly sought-after for a while. It has a lot of features and not a lot of different buttons in comparison, so it's in a way more easy to use on the fly than a lot of the later multi-effects units. This pedal contains overdrive and distortion as well as flanger, chorus, tremolo, rotary speaker effect, different speeds of delay, and reverb. There is a 1/4" input, stereo 1/4" output (mono is an option too), a tuner output, volume pedal input, a headphone jack output, and a dc power adapter input.

UTILIZATION

Using this pedal is certainly not the most intuitive process. In fact, getting to use a lot of the effects is downright impossible without the manual. I have been able to locate the manuals online, which is incredibly convenient for somebody who bought the pedal second-hand with no manual! The effects are all located on the same knobs. For instance, one knob will give a flanger, chorus, or rotary speaker effect depending on what number value you select. This makes it tough at first, but easier after getting used to it. It's also convenient in that you can save three banks (clean, overdrive, and distortion), giving you quick switching options via the footswitches. I give it a "very good" because it's tough at first but eventually becomes one of the easiest multi-effects pedals to adjust on the fly.

SOUND QUALITY

For all the convenience of using this pedal, it's a shame that the pedal doesn't sound all that great. If you like old-school digital effects, you're in luck. Just don't expect a good distortion or overdrive. I'm really disappointed in how awful the distortion sounds. The other effects work ok, but I've honestly heard better with different, individual pedals, which makes this sort of a waste of time. I didn't really get a tone that I'd like to record with, or even gig with. I find that this makes this sort of a waste of time for me.

OVERALL OPINION

I liked the ease of use of this pedal. But I didn't like any of the tones. I really couldn't believe that people were raving about this the way that they did. I found nothing I liked about it at all. It may have been hot technology at the time, and since it has been discontinued and replaced by newer models, it may hold a certain appeal for people. But I really don't see it. If you tend to like digital, thin-sounding effects, and don't have much need to pick and choose what sounds you have, then you will like this. Otherwise don't go on a wild goose chase looking for one!
MGR/Felipe Devicaro 12/23/2003

MGR/Felipe Devicaro's review "Korg G3 - Guitar Performance Processor"

4
Tired of my low-priced Zoom 505 I bought the G3 from a friend. He'd been using it for like 3 or 4 years, since he bought it from a new-catholic boy who got off of the music, right to the church. And the thing was working just perfectly! Paid like $100, in US dollars (I live in Brazil, so we pay much more for things like that).

It's just a good effects processor, with it's Compressor, Distortion, Overdrive, EQ, Flanger, Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Noise Reductor, volume knobs for input and output, volume level knobs and 3 banks with 3 effects each. It works like: Each bank holds a clean effect, a crunch and a lead effect! Its that simple!
Worked so well with my Squier, didn't stole it almost-Fender sound, like the Zoom 505 did!

That's the tough part... I don't really love it, 'cause the EQ controller is just a knob! So the sort of trebles, middles and basses are very limited. Gotta take it with the amp!
The distortion is not very clean, even if u want it clean, or warm, you know... The noise gate helps it, but just a little. If you turn it high-leveled, you just loose the sustain! The reverb and delay are just one knob! So you can turn it to the 1st level (short delay), 2nd (middle delay), 3rd (long delay) and 4th (reverb). So the dealy is pre-programed, u just choose the one u like and control its volume, not the rate!

Its just an old fashioned black and white piece, with rough ends and 4 ugly pedal switches. Some colored leds to show some effects especifications, a peak-led and bank comparation (too much to explain in here) But it's been working for almost 10 years, with perfection, until now!

It's a good Multi-Effects product! But I had never heard of it or found something about it on the internet.
Liked it very much, but for now I'm selling it, in search of any better single-effects pedals...

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SlapKid 01/31/2014

SlapKid's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Why take the cabbage ..."

4
I just got it (no, it does not come out of the NAMM Show 2014!) And it works wonders.
A preset clean, crunch, a lead, and some banks, simple and readable.
Not too much latency by changing preset, no worse than my late fender mustang 3 anyway.
Great connectivity with direct exit tuner and two mono jacks for left and right. Standard 9v power supply 300mA but plan for it working well.

UTILIZATION

Great, the input level can be adjusted without affecting the preset so once you program and basta, even if it was fifty guitars. The level of such output, and noise gate ditto, zavaient thought at the time (or so they had a guitarist in the engineering office, he has been gone ...)!

Of course some settings, a simple outline lieu equalizer, delay or reverb, but not both simultaneously, a setting for the compressor, a kind of a crunch distortion but they are good. To compare with 876 settings and unusable models less current device it's a good crazy.

So super friendly, and the little one branch ...

SOUND QUALITY

A vox ac15 ... it sounds fabulous! Yes, connected also is not terrible it lacks something. The machine needs a living and especially very clean amp, very detailed midrange.

Of course the only problem outline to balance his full distortion with respect to clean but once admitted that the lead is rather to put in the category hairy dark but it's good.
A guitar with a lean and aggressive bridge pickup, sh4 kind, it combines the balance naturally.

The clean is gorgeous, very good and natural compressor and reverb dense and lively, this is a drug with the AC15 behind.
The crunch is balanced enough but not too dirty, it is suitable for battery-haired what we want in this type of register and never far from ideal.
Full distortion is great, it sounds not digital at all in fact I wonder if it is not a hybrid (like the g1 or ax300g that I also own).
The delay is available in slapback, short and medium-adjustable intensity (that roland has decidedly difficult to understand its cube). Max to 450 ms at random.

The stereo chorus is him but I do not use that kind of effect so let.

OVERALL OPINION

Again, as an amp vox AC15 is really necessary to enjoy this g1 to its full potential.
I love its density, the fact that it never sounds shrill, and clean sounds it delivers are addictive.
The AC15 is creamy and very ample with him, and remains well-defined and well sound my faith ...

A low setting in addition to the outline had been a must, but the stuff is so nice that I do not even want him!
stratouilleur 01/13/2013

stratouilleur's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Simplicity - Speed ​​- Efficiency"

5
Everything has been said before so I will not overdo it.
It's rustic, the retro ...

UTILIZATION

This is the strong point of this multi-purpose: Simplicity - Speed ​​- Efficiency.
It is for those who want to play and not spend their time fiddling with buttons. In 5 minutes it was all inclusive and we can play.

SOUND QUALITY

Sincerely the quality is very good ... at least with a good guitar and a tube amp. Whatever the lamp amp that I could use, it does not distort the sound and this is very important in my opinion.
A little "comp" from "reverb", a little crunch ... and it rolls.
The little thing that makes a difference: a TS or T0800 connected to it and not bother to lug around tons of equipment. For blues or rock, it sounds perfectly fine and there is always the LE.
Note that I do not know that it gives a transistor amp.

OVERALL OPINION

I got mine from a couple of years and I bought it because my friend guitarist I play with regularly, uses a constant and this for many years (despite the array of pedals and effects that has).
Not only I would do this choice, but as time passes, I wonder if I should not be stored in one or two ... for the future.
STEPHTRUC 11/02/2012

STEPHTRUC's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " SUPER HAPPY"

5
CLEAN / CRUNCH / LEAD
FOR analog that's cool, I've had enough of the pedal or hyper complicated when connecting his guitar sound changes live, we keep the sound of his guitar and his amp as if you plugged a pedal simple.

UTILIZATION

It really is super simple, no need of manual

SOUND QUALITY

the clean is nice, too bad the crunch, the lead for me it's the best I tried all kinds of multi effect pedal and I admit that there it put me on the ass. All depand what you search me it was really his urban dance squad was the first album lofofora or "big sound rock'n'roll but not metal." it sounds fat shipments of serious and sustain "tremendous"

OVERALL OPINION

I've had a few days and I am delighted that I was allergic to multiple effects. Some time ago I had to buy a brand new korg tone work and I never managed to find the sound of my guitars. What I like most is the analog sounds like good old pedal japan, what I like least is possibly the lack of control on the delay and reverb but still well explodes with. Value for money, good I have to buy 20 euros so no problemo
jeangusyoung 04/17/2006

jeangusyoung's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

5
- 6 cumulative effects (compressor, OD / Overdrive, EQ, Flanger / Chorus / Rotary Speaker, Delay / Reverb, Noise Reduction)
- Technology: oh here ... is the digital
- 3x3 banks to save the sounds, they are subject to change at will
- The connection? : DC9V outlet for the adapter, a jack 6.35 per volume pedal, a headphone jack (3.5), two jack outputs 6.35 per output audio in stereo with 2 amplifiers, one input jack 6 35 per instrument and an output jack 6.35 per tuner (in this case on bank support for by-pass the sound)
- It comes in the form of a pedal

UTILIZATION

It's so easy ...
At first, we must read the manual to know how to save and also to reset the G3. Except here, you plug it turns the knobs and you scratch.

SOUND QUALITY

Overall I found the sound very pleasant, even distos Heavies are enough if we know the best from his equipment (G3 and amp).
But I always had a regret about the delay, which, even at the longest, is just 200 ms. If I had 800 ms I probably would never buy BOSS DD3.

8 / 10 because of the delay.

OVERALL OPINION

I have since 1995 and has always made me happy.
That material is to play right away and not spend his time programming.
It is solid, because I have not always been kind to him, ignorant and stubborn that sometimes I was, I brutalized, but it still works fine. BRAVO KORG for this nice little multi-purpose.

Today, now that I have a little more money, should not delude ourselves, surely I would buy a more hefty with integrated expression pedal, but at the time I had trouble falling asleep as he was not up to my guitar. A REAL LIGHTNING!
tobias47 05/17/2005

tobias47's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

4
I will not repeat all, just read below.

UTILIZATION

The config is super simple. The effect is very very good! not need manual for this multi purpose, is just a play on the pedal! lol

SOUND QUALITY

The clean sound is good to see member strated bon.le crunch is average and the lead a little baveu but it is largely for solo sufisant.Je re-told, the effect is of very good quality (chorus, flanger, delay, reverb, noise supresor)

OVERALL OPINION

I depui 5 ans.jaime although the robustness of this pedal and its simplicity.
Bitozar 11/07/2004

Bitozar's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

4
It's a good old analog multi-effects that I bought in 1994 I think.
- 3 channels: clean with compressor, crunch and lead
- Gain controls on each channel
- 1 tone control (1 button)
- Flanger, Chorus
- Delay, Reverb
- Noise reductor
At the time, I do not think the speaker simulation were very common. Indeed, on this unit, there was not. It's a shame because the game through headphones, the distortion is affected ...

But given the price at which you can find it now, it is more than enough to play with effects. (Notes are based of course on the quality / price ratio).

UTILIZATION

While there, I can not believe we can do easier. No need for manual, everything is "explained" on the device. When I say "explained" is a big word ... You want a reverb? Did you turn a knob reverb. Want to gain? You're a knob for gain ... It's simple, right?

The G3 has 3 channels. In each channel, you can store 3 sounds (making 9 in total). It can be a bit tight but frankly, do you need all that for a repeat? No, in general. on the other hand, it is clear that with more presets, it would keep all the sounds in memory. So what I did was prepare my sounds before every rehearsal somewhere while retaining the settings of all sounds.

SOUND QUALITY

Good (for the price) and less good ...
All effects (delay, reverb, flanger, chorus) are good. I played 5 years with no need for anything else. The clean sounds with the compressors are good too.

The crunch channel is nice for all that is blues and co. It is clear that this is not the lamps! But it does it anyway.

The lead is average. It is not possible to leave a big sound like POD or VAMP. We therefore just distos light passing though the solos but to become difficult to use if we try to play Metallica (though I did !!!).

It certainly can not compete with existing small muliteffets. But cheap, it makes many services. And besides, I figured out how to use it for a backdoor (see below)

OVERALL OPINION

I do a copy and paste from another review that I submitted: "As I said before, this G3 in 1994. Since then, it has largely done better. Before the sale, I am submitting this review OBJECTIVE if anyone does not know this device. "

Why do I sell? Because now I have all the gear that replaces it. But in recent years, I used it in a roundabout way:
I (and I have) a vamp. This device is great, except for the stage. So I used the G3 pedal input before the vamp as a pedal (s) very solid with no lag! You want an overdrive, compressor, 2 distos to the chain, a chorus before the distortion, a gain control input of the vamp .. ?? Bah voila: For cheap, you got it all! And I promise a grain of overdrive before attacking the fuzz of the vamp, it allows me to have the sound I was looking for!

I will conclude with a new copy-paste of my PX1:
"In conclusion, I would say if you are looking for a cheap multi-effects, take this one on occasion. It will make you all the services you can imagine such a device.

Note that I give (7) is valid if you are at 40 €. For each 10 € more or less, add or remove an item !!!!"
But you can add 1 point if you use them as second string with another multi-effects.
Bibine 06/03/2004

Bibine's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

4
Relatively few effects:

- Compressor
- Distortion / Overdrive
- Flanger
- Chorus
- Delay
- Reverb

Noize + a gear

This is completely analog. There is no digital display, you control everything with 8 switches and 4 pots.

There are three banks and each bank has 3 presets: a clean, crunch and lead.

Connectivity:

- Input jack 6.35
- Stereo output (or mono) on 2 jacks (or) 6.35.
- Output jack acordeur 6.35
- Headphone output on 3.5 jack
- Output for an optional volume pedal

UTILIZATION

The advantage is that it is super simple to use, everything is adjusted with 8 pots. It quickly gets the sound you want without having to go through menus as the multi-current effects.
I bought OCCAZ so I was not the record but I frankly was not necessary.

SOUND QUALITY

The effects are very effective, the chorus is worthy of a dedicated pedal boss. I use it primarily with electricity but also with my electric (for the chorus notament).

All effects are very good.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 15 days. What I like is the simplicity and sound quality. While few effects, but all are essential. I tried other newer models (pandora, korg another ,...) but they were not practical enough and intuitive and 80% effect me useless.

It is found that more OCCAZ. I've paid 75 €, to OCCAZ but never served, "the ec price is quite profitable, 75 € is the price of a stomp.
I think I'll buy without hesitation.