Zoom GFX-8
Zoom GFX-8

GFX-8, Multi-Effects for Electric Guitar from Zoom in the GFX series.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 13 reviews )
 7 reviews54 %
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mertztilithurts's review

Zoom GFX-8
The available fx are for the most part amazing and sound great.


The setup is a little complicated until you get the hang of it. I thought the manual was hard to understand at first so I kind of 'learned by doing'. Once you have a feel for the way it works, it is rather easy to edit the parameters of the effects. I created several patches to use with my band that sounded great.


My electric guitar is a Gibson SG gothic (which now is only offered by Epiphone, I believe), which I also bought in 2000. With the GFX8 I got some amazing sounds from that guitar but after about six or seven years of use (not all that many gigs but a lot of practicing) I ran into a big problem. (see overall opinion)


The one huge negative I found with the GFX8 was the plastic switches. They break! They rock on a strip of plastic at the top end and after years of use the plastic wears out. The plastic footswitch part is then loose. Sometimes you can get it to work but if you are in a gig situation you don't want to be messing around. It has to work properly or your song may be ruined. As of 2013 my GFX8 has only two unbroken switches: 'bank up' and '2', rendering the board unusable until and unless I can get it repaired. In the meantime I bought the newer (and more roadworthy) Zoom G3X.

Truth~Seeker's review

Zoom GFX-8

A Full Review is at the link.


- Is the general configuration/setup simple? Yes, via PC
- Is the sound or effects editing easy? Yes, via PC
- Is the manual clear and sufficient?... Yes


- Are the effects good, usable and sufficiently realistic? Yes
- With what instruments do you use them? Electric Guitar
- Which are your favorites and/or the ones you hate? Stock lousy, your own, incredible.


- For how long have you been using it? 8 Years
- What thing do you like most/least about it? Tones!
- Did you try many other models before getting this one? Yes!
- What is your opinion about the value for the price? Now, Killer +
- Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?... Yes!


MGR/Howard Staveley02/28/2005

MGR/Howard Staveley's review"Zoom GFX8"

Zoom GFX-8
Due to an administration blunder, I managed to get mine for £150. i got home opened it and found a label saying £270!. I was very lucky to have got one at this price, though I think they are actually for sale at that price now.

I went to this from a £70 digitech and obviously think the sound is amazing. The drive unit is great, the delays and flangers seamless, and the wah is the best digital one Ive tried. Its green, I like that too. The CD that came with it didnt work on my computer so I had to download a newer version that had been alterd by someone else (not official). But now it works and I can create effects on my computer.

When I first got it home and opened it I knew it was going to be a nightmare. I couldnt be bothered to read te manual, so went straight onto it. After about two minutes I was stuck, and had to go the manual which isnt that user friendly. After a while I got to know the basics and I was away. What infuriates me most is the knobs, they dont reset. If you turn it on and find ian effect you like and really want to edit, you cant! As soon as you twist the knob is snaps to something comletely
different and you've lost it all!
Its very old methinks, and some of the effects are useless.

Its very rugged and strong. I think if I ever dropped it would be fine. The rubber strip off the pedal is coming off but i can glue that back on easily. The knobs are, well, big and the feel is very comfortable.

Its getting a bit old now, but it still has enough to put it ahead of the Digitech RP2000A. The analog sounds are growing on me, and i reccommend it to anyone looking for a all round effect pedal. If you want the latest modern effects, look elsewhere.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/Anonymous's review"ZOOM GFX-8"

Zoom GFX-8
I got the effects pedal from sound control (england)and payed £169

It has very sturdy constucion and has really good metal sounds

it is really hard to get a good blues tone from the unit and it does'nt have very good clean tones

build qualty is amazzing and it has a really good hard folded metal casing I'm a bit wurry'ed about the pedals they seem a little flimesy so I'm going to make metal pedals soon

If your looking for some awsome metal tones and want a muilty fx this is for you

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Andrew Mason12/01/2003

MGR/Andrew Mason's review"Zoom GFX8"

Zoom GFX-8
I needed a multi effects unit as my collection of trusty old anolog stomp boxes was getting too big to manage. I tryed out the Boss ME-50, the Digitech and the J-station before i spotted this little beuty.
Got it for $600 (Aust) new from a guitar shop sale. This unit blew away the others. Spent 3 hours in the shop just going through all the sounds - amazing.

Comes with software so you can design your own patches, built like a brick dunny, possibilities are endless.
Also the distortion feature kicked arse, you can model just about anything!

Not much to dislike, my girlfriend doesn't like the amount of time i spend tweaking the patches on the computer( i dont mind at all). Expression pedal is a bit weak.

Solid as a rock! 4 seperate pedal switches to change between patches on stage. Easy to use once you get past finding out what does what, LED is good for gigs. Great distortion and good crisp clean effects.
Expression pedal weak.

Fantastic bit of kit, outdoes all units in this price range. Ive got a crybaby so the poor expresssion pedal doesn't worry me. Suits any style of play.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/Anonymous's review"Zoom GFX8"

Zoom GFX-8
I bought this unit in Febuary 2000 from a retailer in the UK I paid the equivalent of $400. I test drove the Digitech RP2000, the Korg AX1000g and the Boss GT3. The Zoom GFX8 had the best tone of the bunch so I had to get it!

This unit is extremely versatile. A very neat feature is the inclusion of a Custom Distortion grouping in conjunction with supplied software. This allows you to model and create your own distortion patches on a PC and download them into your GFX8. I really like the Valve amp quality of the amp models. I can create any amount of drive from blues to shred very easily. I can very easily aquire 80's studio sounds reminiscent of Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton, to name a few. The clean amp models are shimmering and crystal clear and the acoustic simulator is truly a joy. The modulation effects are top notch. This unit is robustly built, the expression pedal is solid. The unit is great for live use with the 4 pedals to switch patches. Many guitar sounds are attainable with this unit.

The Preset sounds are very over-effected and therefore very muddy. Be prepared for much tweaking of the patches. I spent many sleepless nights working on programming of the GFX8 but boy is it worth it. I would also have liked to see the inclusion of a feedbacker effect in this unit. I love the sound of feedback applied to guitar ala Hendrix. I understand the new Korg unit offers this and I hope the successor to the GFX8 will have this. I would also love for the successor to this unit to have built in drum patterns for practice.

Built like a tank! Much better than the zoom 3030 ever was. I like the on/off switch, good thinking zoom. The unit looks very smart with a nice LED display.

Here's my advice to all you rock god's:

Buy a GFX8, then listen to your favourite artists, then go to the GFX8 twiddle and tweak and I bet you can nail the sounds you hear. This is a processor for the 21st century, very natural sounding box. Thank you zoom for listening to us guitarist's.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MANUZICOUSTIC's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Zoom GFX-8
The effects are those that are usually found on such pedals: phaser, flanger, delay, reverb ...

It's digital. The connector is standard, there is no USB and no XLR.


Actually starting configuration may seem complicated, but with a little practice it is effective.
The manual is clear.


The effects are quality. It should not be too much to ask because they are not as customizable as a GT-6 and the sounds are less fine but it is much more efficient (I have owned and used the two pedals has the same period). The distortion is better to my taste than the gt-6. To take full advantage you must connect the pedals on a good sound system and is the top (I also loved the chorus).


I used it for several years, I am currently working on a Roland VG-99. I tried many pedals and pedals. I think it is effcient to work at home and play in groups. It is less, the parameters are less flexible than boss, but what he does he does very well.

Quality pedals!

rico80's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Zoom GFX-8
I do not return the dj CHARACTERISTICS Retailer in other reviews.


- The shipping program seems pretty complex to beginners, but with a little practice it can be done quickly and then deveint a breeze to change the variety of parameters on offer.

- If we enter fully into the possibilities of GFX8 (it took to "paw" all dj doc and have gained a good exprience on this hardware), we can observe that it is trs trs flexible and powerful:
You can choose the parameters of the effects that will be assigned either by the pedals and the switch "Control".
It is possible to move the rack "manual" mode without stooping, and thus pass configurations "pedals":
"DRIVE => EQ => ZNR => Modules => REVERB / ​​ECHO" and each switch starts up or stop the function of the selected effect pedals.
Ide a wealthy from the ZOOM GFX8 is the possibility to use external distortion (in addition to all those dj proposed) by external ports send / return. For me, finding the distortions rack enough saturated my taste for certain types of music, I got an "Uber Metal 'distortion in external ... and capable ...!!
Another strong point about the use of this scne: the effect "seamless", it allows the effect of echo Dfine on a patch, ended on the next patch when it changes: soon the dsagrment to hear the sound cuts when changing program, and thus stopping the brutal efffet ... transitions between patches are softer.


The quality of standard effects, chorus / delay / echo / etc ... , Is the appointment (as felt more account by using the headphone jack .. still need a good headset).
The "pitch shifter" provided certain effects is not "top" (xagre deformation of the original sound)
Some effects do not serve, I have not understood how they could serve, except to play the Pink Floyd style of the 70 ... "Ummaguma" or other ..


Solid Rack (all mtal) and reliable (I have over 5 years and no dj problem, even minimal)
The GFX8 Has Designed for scne well. (For my part, at a concert, I did two times lower than the rack to put the fingers: a time to turn the deuxime for dye)
The GFX8 is a good "rack complment" because sometimes it could be used only to find the limits.
For my part, I use it in complment of external pedals (mtal Distortion, Compressor, qualiseur), and it gives me any satisfaction.

soulandbody's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Zoom GFX-8
A full-pdalier level effects: distortion, mod, eq, delay, rev and ZNR (gate not very late)
Ditables digital-effects in almost all parameters, with a computer with software so editable.
- 2 output jacks + 1 headphone mini jack (line in useful), midi in / out ...
Rack-not (but then use a pdalier ask rack legs flexible)


-The use is simple if you take the time to read the manual, and becomes intuitive trs
-The edition is fairly simple even if the influence of some paramtres is a bit difficult to capture
-The manual is complete unless the influence of certain paramtres (if you do not know if totally me-)


Fective sound effects-even if I find the effects of plant little thin, but trs fun! This is not a pro tool in my opinion, whatever I did not test with a pwr clean, the hum is omnipresent and some effects even with gain at 0 even when running in the background (phaser. ..).
-So far not too prferances, the wah is not great, even if the bank 6b contains funs sounds but in my opinion unusable without modification)


-Sold ...
FUN-sounds and effects ditables-super, the less buzz and breaths.
-Not as complete
-No, I will be aiming to be the pedal to the unit or other multi effect more clean, but everything depends on the use, I do not use it myself ...

Mr_Afi_59fr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Zoom GFX-8
This is an extremely comprehensive multi purpose, I spend all effects not review because I will have for a while!
The distos are analog, and the effects are numriques
69 Effects: 67 in 4 modules (distortion, legalization, modulation, time limit / reverb) + + simulator dampli rducteur noise
9 simultaneous effects
160 programs Dusina
80 memory OF USE
Sampler function (25 sec.) Jam and play (15 sec.) PDAL dexpression intgre
patches are well ditables Obviously, this multi purpose and can be connected to PC through a MIDI In and Out, and we can Tlcharger patches

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The configuration is a bit complicated, we put a little time to navigate, but reading the manual (with a section in French), we arrive in a few hours
The edition of the effects is simple Over !!!!!!
Ct manual, there is nothing to say everything in it!


The effects are really good, it really apprcie shuffled the analog multi-effect in this numrique
I use it for the moment with a Cort G210 (but I must soon receive an Ibanez IC400) and a Peavey Bandit 112 Amp!


I use it for a week and I really like! I take my foot! Lool
I shuffled the analog-numrique by adsirer leaves against the knobs, as a multi effect numrique technology, it would prfr of turning knobs at infinity
I tried a Boss ME50 and I really prfre GFX-8
The price is really low for a multi purpose pro
I do it again this choice without hsiter one minute!