I used the Zoom G3 onstage with two different sets of players at the Monday night jam at Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues in London this week, and the results…

I used the Zoom G3 onstage with two different sets of players at the Monday night jam at Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues in London this week, and the results were mixed.

The setup I used for the jam at ANBTB on Monday 9 June: Zoom G3, Shaker Dynamic mic, 2 cables

The setup I used for the jam at ANBTB on Monday 9 June: Zoom G3, Shaker Dynamic mic, 2 cables

Good stuff first: the basic sound of this setup was very nice for blues. Plenty of guts, gratifying shifts in tone as my playing went from soft to loud.

On the not so good side, I couldn’t seem to get the setup loud enough to compete with two guitars effectively. I had feedback issues from the start. I was able to reduce the feedback by turning off the graphic EQ and delay FX in my patch setup (a basic Fender Bassman patch), but I was never able to get the setup as loud as I can get one of my Digitech RPs.

The situation is somewhat complicated by the fact that I was using the Shaker Dynamic mic for the first time at this jam. When there are two moving parts in the picture, it’s tough to know which is the main culprit. I hereby remind myself not to test more than one piece of gear at a time going forward.

Anyway, the G3 needs more testing and adjustments before I release this patch set. As an interim step, I’ve asked several people who’ve expressed interest in this set to do a little beta testing, which should take around a month. Stay tuned for more information on revised release dates.

7 Comments

  1. Not sure about the Dynamic but the Shaker Mad Dog is one of the more feedback-resistant mics – sometimes gets too loud (never thought I’d ever say that)

  2. I did a gig last night with G3 for Harp and an MS50G for guitar both direct into the PA, with a Drum machine and a live bass player. Volume was no problem once the PA was set.
    Harp sounded great.

  3. Yo Paul! Wicked! That’s a compact setup. What drum machine did you use, and what amp models/FX/etc. did you rely on for the harp?

  4. Zoom RT223 as it is the only one I could find that had bass as well.
    But with a live bass player just mute the bass. Great sound through PA with Stereo outs and FX.
    Not all gigs you can hire a drummer or a bass player so it’s a good fill in.

    My current G3 harp patches are based around the FD Vibro. Seems to work best with the Stock Strnad mic I’m using with a hohner flexrack. Light, tight, and solid setup.
    I have a bunch of other experimental patches using autowah and different delays etc too.

    Got a great B3 style patch for the guitar on the MS50G I’ll have to transfer to the G3 for harp as well.

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