I got a call recently from a recording artist/friend to play a few dates in Canada. He's mostly an acoustic player but plays "lead" electric guitar on one song, the fans love it. We used to tour with an extensive set up, gear, technicians but for these few dates it's throw and go festivals. I wanted an all in one pedal processor to plug him in and wham, instant rock guitar.
I researched some multi-effects pedals (I don't keep up with this stuff) and came across the Zoom MS-50G, a Boss sized do everything pedal that comes with 50 pedal models (upgradable to 100 via a USB update) can have up to six effects at a time in any order, runs on 2-AA batteries and thought "that'll do". When his pedal arrived and I started to build a sound for him and I was so impressed that I bought one myself. I used it for two days of rehearsal and loved it. Now just so you know where I'm coming from.......I did some beta testing years ago for Line 6 and Yamaha on similar products but I'm a pretty simple guy when it comes to pedals.
After spending some more time listening to and editing sounds I wrote this email to a good friend, fellow guitar player and I'm passing this info on in case it might help someone else. Normally I wouldn't give this kind of gear a glance at all but I'm glad I did.
So I got into this little pedal more today, for close to and hour and a half and I'm pretty damn impressed.
Definitely do the USB upgrade from their website. The extra pedals are really worth it. Takes it from 50 to 100 effects.
The Tremolo is bad ass with great options in waveform and such. Very versatile and great sounding.
There is a Trem-ish model called The Slicer, kind of a pattern Tremolo that starts at The Smiths "How Soon Is Now" (nails it) and has many other rhythm patterns from there. Choppy and cool.
Reverbs are good but the Spring Reverb is not awesome. It's O.K. at best but not great although it would make a good back up.
The basic Vibrato (true pitch vibrato) is Bad ass and there are other options in the Leslie, Uni-Vibe camp that are pretty cool.
The Auto Wah is great
Chorus, Flange, Phaser all really good. Not that I use those often if at all but the the old Boss Chorus model CE-1 is fantastic. Andy Summers.
Distortions and Overdrives are O.K. at best BUT could be fixed up quite a bit by following them with the 6 band EQ model which works well.
2 Fuzzes- Not very 60's or Eleki. More Hendrix and Jack White.
Compressors are good, not too drastic.
The Rack Compressor models is really good 1176 type sounds
Delays are pretty fantastic. I'd buy this before any other delay pedal out there with the exception of some of the expensive boutiques like the BellEpoch or El Capistan. You can tap tempo if you leave that option active.
Pitch effects such as octave down (there is an octave up plus octave down model like the POG as well ) are better for weird, spacey things. Tracking is not as good as the EH POG pedal.
Weird effects such as Seek Wah, Mono Synth, Ring Modulator...........some of these are very, very usable for more creative things.
Amp models aren't bad in that they strongly resemble what they are modeling. I didn't try them direct with the Cabinet simulators but I got the feeling they might work well.
Built in Tuner -works well
Acoustic Guitar Simulator - not great but not bad. Some cool things could be done with it.
They say 2-AA batteries last seven hours and I proved at a few day long rehearsals that they actually can last a little longer than that.
Up to six effects at one time in any order you choose.
Obviously it's a little limited with just one footswitch (which can be assigned to turn specific effects in a chain off, Tuner option, Tap Tempo and I believe scrolling of presets - maybe. But as a Swiss army knife of pedals with great Tremolo, Vibratos, Delays and Weird sounds it's pretty unbelievable and the sounds are very, very good.
There is a learning curve (there's a LOT crammed in here) but it's not too bad and worth the time as, like most digital pedals, manipulation of the sounds is key to getting great ones.
Think about it; in a pinch this pedal could replace almost anything on your board and even your amp to get through a bad situation. Crazy
Color me impressed and since Sam Ash is blowing these things out at 69.99..........how can you go wrong.
Sorry this is so long but I thought it was worth telling.—
Last edited: Jun 29, 2014 14:42:05