Zoom G5n Guitar Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal Review (May 2024)


Last updated on May 27, 2024 10:16 pm Details


In this review post, we’re going to be discussing the Zoom G5n Guitar Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

The G5n comes loaded with 127 beautifully crafted and newly assembled DSP effects, plus 32 of the most faithful and realistic amp/cabinet emulators we’ve ever created.

A wide array of effects
The G5n comes equipped with freshly-developed takes on not only the most-essential guitar sounds like overdrive, distortion, compression, EQ, delay, reverb, flanging, phasing, vibrato, and chorusing, but also unique multi-effects such as Seq Filter, Gold Drive, Reverse Delay, HD Hall, and OSC Echo.

Ultra-realistic amp/cabinet emulation
You can connect the G5n directly to a PA system or audio interface, using the 32 brand new onboard amp and cabinet emulators. Choose from 16 classic amp models like the ‘59 Fender Bassman, Diezel Herbert Channel 2, Marshall JCM800, Fender Twin Reverb, and MESA Boogie Mk3, all newly and faithfully created to be adjusted exactly as you would with the knobs and switches of the real thing.

Pair your amp with one of the 16 newly-created cabinet emulators to complete the sound, choosing from cabinets like the Marshall 1960 A-type cabinet
(4×12” Celestion speakers), Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb (1×12” Jensen C-12K speakers), Mesa Boogie Mark 1 (1×12” ALTEC 417-8H speaker), or Bogner Ecstasy
cabinet (4×12” Celestion speakers).

Easy editing
Editing is simple and intuitive thanks to a unique, large overview display that allows you to quickly add, delete, or change the order of effects—something not easily accomplished with the average pedalboard. There are also four independent editing displays for zeroing in on the perfect sound, each bank providing the responsiveness and hands-on feel of a stompbox. Store up to 200 of your custom effects chains as patches in memory, each instantly accessible at the touch of a footswitch.

Powerful pedals
The G5n’s expression pedal gives you smooth real-time control over volume, tone, or selected effects parameters, with four stompbox-style footswitches to kick effects in and out on the fly. When you’re ready to take a solo, get the bump you need with the G5n’s output booster. And to synchronize rhythm patterns and delay times to the beat, just hit the G5n’s dedicated Tap tempo footswitch to bring your sound in line.

Complex tonalities
It would take an arsenal of stompboxes, amplifiers, and speakers to duplicate everything you can do with a single G5n. With the release of firmware V2.0, G5n offers more efficient DSP power. This lets you chain up to nine effects more easily and in any order you like.  It’s like having hundreds of fully loaded pedalboards in one compact, easy-to-use device.

Product Features

  • 200 Memory locations
  • 4 LCD displays
  • Integrated amp emulators
  • 100 Pedal effects
  • 80 Seconds looper
  • USB audio interface
  • 68 Built-in DSP effects
  • 100 Custom-designed factory presets
  • Up to 9 effects can be used simultaneously
  • Dimensions (D x W x H): 225 x 454 x 75 mm
  • Integrated drum machine with 68 rhythm patterns

Pros & Cons


  • Strong build
  • Very dependable
  • Positive consumer review ratings
  • Worth the investment
  • Fantastic sound output
  • The price is sounded by God
  • The construction is sturdy
  • Simple to use and navigate
  • A wide range of amplifiers and cabinets are available
  • Almost every effect is imaginable
  • To get you started, here are some presets from well-known guitarists
  • Guitar Lab connectivity allows for ongoing upgrades
  • The price is very reasonable for what you get


  • Not very portable
  • There is no MIDI
  • There is no effects loop to add more wonderful strange sounds
  • It does not come with a carrying case

Zoom G5n Guitar Multi-Effects Processor with Expression Pedal Demo

Our Verdict

The G5N was created as a low-cost alternative to high-end professional-grade floor units like the Fractal AX8, Line 6 Helix, and Kemper Stage.

The G5N costs less than a quarter of the price of these models, but while it has some outstanding sounds and functionality, it doesn’t quite measure up for expert live use.

While the amp sims are limited, they sound good and cover most genres. This, combined with the USB connectivity, makes it an excellent choice as a home recording tool.

The effects on offer are of high quality, sounding remarkably authentic and so close to the real thing that only true tone nerds could tell the difference. Its simple layout and a large number of effects make it ideal for guitarists who use a lot of effects and want an extremely easy way to switch between them without tap dancing.

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

G5n Multi-Effects Pedal (Renewed)

as of April 30, 2024 4:56 pm

Pricing History

Price History for G5n Multi-Effects Pedal (Renewed)


Current Price $299.99 April 30, 2024
Highest Price $299.99 July 5, 2023
Lowest Price $299.99 July 5, 2023
Since July 5, 2023

Last price changes

$299.99 July 5, 2023

as of April 30, 2024 4:56 pm
Last updated on April 30, 2024 4:56 pm

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Additional information

Item Weight

7.48 pounds

Product Dimensions

18 x 9.5 x 4 inches

Country of Origin


Item model number


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

January 21, 2016

Color Name


Material Type


Standing screen display size



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