Zoom G1 Four Multi-Effect-Pedal


Multi-Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar

  • 65 Internal effects
  • 13 Amp simulations
  • Usable up to five effects simultaneously and in any order
  • Looper for recording audio up to 30 seconds / 64 beats in CD quality
  • Guitar Lab software for creating, editing and managing effects and patches
  • 68 Internal rhythm patterns
  • 50 Spaces for creating custom patches
  • Swap function for a particularly simple patch management
  • Automatic storage of all patch parameters
  • Silent patch selection via the Preselect function while the current patch is still active
  • Integrated chromatic tuner
  • Auxiliary input jack
  • Output jacks for connection to the amplifier or headphones
  • Back-lit LCD with contrast adjustment
  • Lightweight and compact for transport in gigbag
  • Easy integration into existing pedal-boards
  • Running time of up to 18 hours
  • USB port for firmware updates, power, and connection to Guitar Lab
  • Controls: Bass, Mid, Treble, Volume
  • Pushbuttons: Rhythm, 5 Effect Slots, Looper, Setting, Memory
  • Switch: Effect Up, Effect Down
  • LED: Effect On
  • Foot-switch: Looper, tuner
  • Input and output: 6.3 mm Jack
  • AC adapter connector
  • USB
  • AUX IN
  • Current consumption: 500 mA
  • Powered by batteries or a 9V DC power adapter (not included, matching optional power adapter: Article Nr. 105835)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 156 x 130 x 42 mm
  • Weight: 340 g
Available since February 2019
Item number 458541
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Design Pedal
Amp Modeling No
Drumcomputer Yes
Incl. Tuner Yes
Expression Pedal No
USB-Port Yes
Headphone Output Yes
MIDI Interface No
Line Out No
Battery Powered Yes
PSU included No
1.250 kr
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An affordable multi-effects pedal with practical extras

With the G1 Four, Japanese effects specialist Zoom presents a multi-effects pedal that, thanks to 70 integrated effects and 15 amp models, provides a solid range of varied sounds for both live performances and home recordings at a very favourable price. This compact pedal comes with a looper offering a recording capacity of 30 seconds and a drum machine with 68 rhythm patterns that can be played in sync with the looper for endless hours of practising and jamming fun – both indoors and outdoors, since the G1 Four also runs perfectly on batteries. And it doesn’t get any more comfortable than this: The G1 Four is extremely easy to use thanks to its backlit LC display, and the pedal's integrated USB port also lets the player connect it to a PC and explore a wealth of patches, effects, and more using Zoom's free Guitar Lab software.

The all-in-one solution

The G1 Four offers an extensive range of functions and is very easy to use. It comes with 50 presets, which are selected via the two large footswitches and can be overwritten with user-created patches. The signal chain comprises five effect blocks, to which the user can assign the numerous amp models and effects and arrange them in any desired order. In addition to the impressive number of basic effects such as delay, chorus, reverb, phaser, flanger, distortion, and several special effects as well as the 15 amp models that are all included in this pedal, users can also download a large number of further effects from the Guitar Lab library. For signal output, the G1 Four can be connected to an amplifier or a pair of headphones via its output jack.

Looper, drum machine, tuner, and software

The G1 Four is equipped with a looper that offers a recording capacity of up to 30 seconds and can also be used in conjunction with the integrated drum machine and its 68 varied rhythm patterns for creative practice and jamming sessions. As mentioned above, this multi-effects pedal is also compatible with Zoom's free Guitar Lab software for Mac/PC, which allows musicians to comfortably edit and manage their patches. Connecting the G1 Four to a PC is child's play thanks to the integrated USB port, which can also be used to power the pedal or load the latest firmware updates. Of course, a chromatic tuner is also on board that, thanks to the backlit screen, ensures fast and reliable tuning just about everywhere, even in poor lighting conditions.

A versatile effects engine that won't break the bank

The Zoom G1 Four offers beginners an excellent opportunity to try their hand at multi-effects for the first time and experience the fascination of amp emulation and the creative use of effects. In the G1 Four, Zoom has combined excellent ease of use with practical features such as a drum machine and a looper that will quite simply make practising more fun. What is more, this pedal allows users to play external backing tracks via the AUX input and connect a pair of headphones via the output for undisturbed playing pleasure at home.

About Zoom

Founded in 1983, the Japanese company Zoom manufactures a variety of audio equipment, including a range of portable "handy" recorders as well as multi-effects processors, effects pedals, drum machines, and samplers. Over the past thirty years, the company has built a reputation for producing innovative yet affordable products based on original microchip designs. Since the Zoom-9002 (an ultra-compact multi-effects processor that can be attached to a guitar strap) was introduced in 1990, Zoom has become one of the leaders in digital audio processing.

Practise and jam anywhere - from studio to stage

The Zoom G1 Four's looper and drum machine will make practising and jamming great fun just about everywhere without the need for an AC adapter, because the pedal can also be operated on batteries for up to 18 hours – just ideal for those who want to play out in the open with their headphones on. This compact pedal can be easily stowed away in a gig bag or case and plugged in just as quickly to a mixer or guitar amplifier in a studio, rehearsal room, or live on stage – for a great sound at every gig thanks to the numerous amp models and effects on offer.

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123 Reviews

Half a year with zoom g1 four
Marat Garifulin 22.04.2021
I use
this zoom is already half a year, before I had zoom g2 and zoom g1xone, so I have experience using processors.

The Zoom g1 four is very different from the previous models, the sound is much better, the drum machine patterns are more interesting.

The native presets were not particularly pleasing, mostly this is a bold distortion for schoolchildren. But no one bothers to set up exactly the sound you need. There are tons of videos on youtube with instructions on how to set up the sound of a particular group.

ZoomLab software works decently, but there is not enough memory on the device. Sometimes you can't download everything you want.

In terms of effects:

The emulation of the cabinets is at the level, the delay and chorus are also beyond praise, the autowah is weak, a little lacking in warm overdrive, but maybe I haven't figured out how to get it yet. In terms of distortion and fuse, everything is ok, Metallzone does not differ from a real pedal.

On power supply and connection. The pedal is powered by AA batteries, power bank, usb or power supply. PC connection via micro-usb. There is an aux.

I am very pleased with the product. I recommend to buy.


A perfect practice tool!
Funeral Musician 22.01.2023
Build quality: Except for the bottom of the unit, which is made of metal, the Zoom G1 Four is made entirely of plastic. However, the plastic seems sturdy and unlikely to break. Judging by how it looks and feels to the touch, I would say that it is probably polycarbonate, which is one of the most durable thermoplastics. Surprisingly, the footswitches do not feel flimsy at all and are not as easy to press as I had expected, which gives off an impression of quality. To sum up, considering the low price of the unit, it is built very well.

Handling: The Zoom G1 Four can be used in either the Memory Mode, which allows the user to switch between different patches, each consisting of up to five amplifier and speaker cabinet emulations and effects (this mode works similarly to the MIDI switchers), and it can also be used in the Stomp Mode, which allows to separately switch on and off any one of up to five emulations and/or effects. Each emulation and effect has its own icon, designed to look like the thing being emulated. I have heard some people complain that they make the user interface look unprofessional, but to me, those “childish”, as they say, icons are much quicker and easier to identify from a distance than the more mature looking black squares and hexagons used by Boss and Line 6. Also, to someone who was born in the early '90s, the icons and the pixelated screen remind me of Tamagotchis. In any case, I think, Zoom has the best UI by far. In fact, it is so intuitive, that I managed to figure it out without opening the manual once! I think, it says a lot. Also, the settings are highly customizable, but due to the way, in which the menus are structured, the amount of available options does not overwhelm a first-time user. However, what I love the most about the G1 Four is that it is completely self-sufficient: it not only has a built-in tuner, a headphone port, and an auxiliary jack (for playing backing tracks from your phone or laptop) but also dozens of rhythm patterns in various time signatures and a 30-second looper — all you need to practice, jam, or compose! To maximize convenience, I downloaded the free Zoom Guitar Lab software, which allows for an even easier patch editing on my laptop.

Sound quality: While the G1 Four might not be able to emulate a holy-grail vintage tube amplifier absolutely perfectly, to me, life is too short for “chasing phantoms” anyway. I used to own a Fender '65 Twin Reverb Reissue, and when I selected the corresponding setting on my Zoom G1 Four and turned up the spring reverb, the emulation was accurate enough to bring back from a distant memory the smell of my Fender's vinyl covering. When I closed my eyes, I could have sworn that it was standing right beside me with its tubes warmed up and glowing. To someone who mostly plays jazz, most of the default presets sound horrible, but the emulations and effects themselves are, as I have previously alluded, convincingly accurate. It simply takes some time and effort to dial them in just right, carefully adjusting the parameters to your individual style of playing and your instrument of choice.

Summary: To me, the Zoom G1 Four is a perfect practice tool. I have neighbors who watch TV at full volume, so I turn on some rain or ocean sounds on my phone, and plug it into the G1's auxiliary input. Then, when I put on my headphones, I can hear not only what I am playing but also the rain or the waves. I then lay back, close my eyes, and it feels as if I am jamming on a warm sunny beach somewhere in Hawaii...

Final note: Keep in mind that the G1 Four comes without the power supply (instead, four alkaline AA-sized batteries are included), so I would advise to order the Zoom AD-16 power adapter right away because it is more environmentally friendly and a lot more convenient.


Great solution for silent practice
Zeka 05.05.2020
I've had some multi-effect units before, and they were all fine, but there was always something missing.

This one has it all: great amp sims, decent effects, looper, drum machine, tuner, USB connectivity (it can even run on USB power), runs also on 4 AA batteries, and you also have the option to download additional effects... amazing - 5 stars for features and sound.

It's quite affordable, especially at the current price of 67 euro. With that, I have to say build quality is acceptable, but I would avoid stomping it with my feet (as I'm a heavy guy). Not sure how it would hold up outside of the bedroom. Cannot give it more than 4 stars for build quality.

Controls are not the most intuitive but you get used to it after some time, setting up your sound. It could have been better - 4 stars for handling.

I purchased this together with AKG 240 headphones and it's a perfect setup, at least for me.

One advice: if you are using headphones, turn on mic for cab simulation, it makes a world of difference for the sound.


Go buy this now!
KresoD 13.09.2021
This review is based on two gigs over the weekend with this little plastic toy looking device as my main source of sound, direct to PA and to my wedge monitor. And 30 years of gigging experience... :)

Excellent clean sound, OK overdrive sound, excellent hi-gain sound.
...FOR 80 €!!!

Yes, it has delays, reverbs, etc... but simply considering the fact that this toy can fit in your guitar pocket, and still provides completely usable, professional sounds stops any further need for explanation. Go buy this now. Even if you use this as a back-up, or for home recording, this is worth every penny. Did I mention it also runs on batteries? :)


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