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Zoom Multi Stomp MS-50G

Guitar Multi Effects Pedal

  • Up to 6 effects available to be operated simultaneously
  • Solid cast casing
  • Simple operation, similar to the Zoom G3 / G5
  • 55 Presets available from the G5
  • Memory for up to 50 user configurations
  • Will last for 8 hours with 2 x AA batteries
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Further Information

Design Stompbox
Amp Modeling Yes
Drumcomputer No
Incl. Tuner Yes
Expression Pedal No
USB-Port Yes
Headphone Output No
MIDI Interface No
Line Out No
Battery Powered Yes
PSU included No
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6 Pedals in One ... Zoom Zoom Yeah !
John5666, 07.06.2015
This is a great buy if space on your pedal board is limited. You can get up to 6 effects at once, although this can be limited to less if you used more then one of the Amp models or heavy CPU usage effects like some of the HD reverbs in one patch (50 patches in total). But if you use one amp model and standard effects like chorus, flanger, compressor, delay etc. then 6 effects at once is not problem, plus you can put them in any order. The interface for editing parameters and adding effects works a treat (I've not had to read the manual at all).

The MS50G in built very well with metal construction and a metal foot switch that feels like it will last. All the other buttons are plastic but again have a solid feel. The backlit LCD screen is clear to view from many angles and in different lighting conditions, as you can adjust the contrast.

The sound quality of the MS50G is over all very good especially when you take into account the cost. You can however get some unwanted noise from some of the effects and amp models. As this is a digital pedal, it would have been good if Zoom had reduced some of the noise when emulating the various effects and amps on offer here, but in fairness they are good emulations and they do include a very usable Noise Reduction effect.

A few very minor points for me includes the input and output sockets, as they are on the top part of the pedal rather than in the middle and this makes it a little untidy to fit the jack plugs neatly if you put the pedal on say a Pedaltrain of Rockboard type pedal board. The other point is that you have to remove the rubber foot to mount it on a pedal board securely if you are using Velcro. Some companies now include a rubber or Velcro foot that the buyer can fit themselves, it would have been nice to have this option included with the MS50G (or other pedals come to that).

I would suggest that you get a Zoom PSU, as this pedal does use a fair bit of Milliamp's (mA). I'm not sure of the exact power requirements, but Zoom recommend using a Zoom AD-16 power supply and that runs at, a max of, 500 milliamp's.

I would also very strongly recommend that you update the firmware to v2.0 as this updates the pedal to offer 100 effects (92 stompbox effects and 8 amp models). This is done using USB and you can download all the relevant files via the Zoom website. It's easy to do and it nearly doubles the amount of effects on offer.

To Sum up ... The MS50G is a great way to add 6 more effects pedals to you're sonic pallet in just the space of one. You even get a built in tuner as well. Over all, this is simply a great value pedal !
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A must have...
António, 21.08.2014
Multi effect units from other brands, simulate their own stomp boxes. That?s where the MG-50 differs. It simulates the most iconic pedals from several brands.
I compared some of the effects with the real ones that I have (Big Muff and ProcoRat, TS...) and it sounds really close.
This comes with the newest Firmware giving you 100 effects, including amp simulations and several cab simulators (mandatory when connected direct to mix table or computer), and some very specific and useful effects such as the stereo delay (different delay times and feedback levels for left and right channels) an intelligent pitch shifter (harmonist) a Leslie rotary speaker. The effects are very good sounding.
it allows to assign an order to the recorded patches and change it with the stomp button (for example A -> B -> C -> D -> A -> B...). Although the manual refers 3 patches, I've used more than that with no limitations.
When in bypass of using non stereo effects, it works as a signal splitter.
I don't recommend to use it to drive headphones. In my opinion, it needs a headphone driver after it (I use it with a mixing table and works great)
It operates with 2 AA alkaline batteries, 2 AA NiMh batteries or a standard 9v centre negative power supply. It rates 500mA but my measurements only reached up to 130mA so, for safety, a 200mA or higher should be used.
I recommend to use a power supply because some reports say that under battery operation, a hi freq noise is noticeable when using high gain amp simulations.
Because of its small size, it can be used as a regular padel in a pedalboard.
It feels robust but i sugest you to be carefull because of the LCD and the plastic knobs.
For additional info and effects list, go the the manufacturer website and make sure you see the V2.0 version documentation.
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Nice little gem!
Dr Mudd, 29.01.2019
Prior to this pedal I owned a Digitech RP360 XP and a Boss Katana amp. Both feature desktop software that you can use to modify their behaviour. That may sound nice but it also a drawback as one may find himself more at his computer than playing guitar. In contrast, the MS-50G has its own simple user interface with a bright screen and computer software is only used to add even more (very useful) effects.

It?s quite easy to operate once you understand its principles: each preset can hold zero to many effects. Just add, move or delete effects to your liking to a preset. Each effect can be switched on or off by the foot switch and the pedal will automatically remember the settings.

Alternatively you can use the foot switch to scroll through presets. To do so you simple assign a letter to a preset. Suppose you have created twenty presets and you want to use 11 through 13 for a certain gig. Simply assign the letter ?a? to preset 11, ?b? to 12 and ?c? to 13. Now you can use the foot switch to scroll through these presets, from ?a? to ?b? to ?c? back to ?a? etc. If you don?t want any effects at all, create an empty preset and assign letter ?d? to it. Now you have three active presets and an ?off? option.

The fun thing about this pedal that is actually invites you to discover new sounds and to experiment. You can even use it as a sampler to get a taste of well-know effects. I like it!
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Great reverb and delay's and mod effects.
Varg Wilson, 23.05.2018
Bought this because i wanted a reverb and delay, and it was cheaper than buying the two separate, and boy did it deliver. The reverb and delays are great, and worth the buy alone. The modulation effects are pretty decent too. All of them highly tweakable, and i really liked the trail option on the reverb's and such.

The amp sims are OK, the distortions and overdrives were really sharp, muddy and digital, unusable for me, but that's not what i bought it for. The two octave effects are really just poor, but the pitch shifter was suprisingly decent. It has a really great boost called the exciter as well, which i always leave on. It also has two usable eq's, but they produce a very noticable hiss.

Pros:
Good sounding highly tweakable Reverbs delays and mod effects.
Good boost, some ok amp sims.
Easy to use.
Good value, has tons of effects, and can be updated or switched out for free using your computer.

Cons:
Bad sounding distortion and overdrives
Tuner is not very accurate

All in all i definitely recommend this great little stompbox to anyone.
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