WOW!!! Where did this come from?
As a broke kid Zoom was my rig, I pretty much had them all as I slowly upgraded. The 505, 10/10, 30/30, GFX series, you name it. When the GT7.1ut came out it started to feel redundant. More options, bigger boards, bigger price tag, but the sound wasn't improving much compared to the new upcoming brands. Zooms old motto "catch us if you can" went out the window and I soon switch over do a different brand and kinda wrote Zoom off. Then I reached the point where you go to tube amps. But I was never happy with the pedal tap dance or the multi efx's that sucked your tone when hooked up to your tube amps efx loop. Then the 4CM came out so I bought one of those HD5millionXYZ things. That turned out to be the biggest buyers remorse in my life. I didn't like anything about it on it's own and it killed the life of anything it touched, so I ditched it.
I picked up the Zoom G1Xon for travel & it's looper. I wasn't expecting much out of it considering it's price and it doesn't look like something great. I guess you can't judge a book by it cover, when I got it home I was blown away at the sound upgrade and features. Instead of trying it out I ended up jamming on it through a power amp for 2 hours. The unit alone could get you through any situation. Then I tried using it through my amps efx loop and was extremely pleased with how well it worked. Very little difference, some tone suck but completely acceptable. I threw on some noise gate, then a little EQ from it's Graphic EQ effect and was impressed with the improvement it made. Then I decided to throw on the effects looking for it's weak points. The end result is I prefer this over dealing with expensive pedals! When comparing the quality of sound, limited tones suck, programmable presets, it's a no-brainer. Since my amp has efx loops for each channel I plan to buy another one to stick in the clean efx loop. What turned out to be an intended toy became part of my rig, the cheapest part..lol. Being made out of plastic is it's only downside. Since the I/O jacks are not secured with nut's they will eventually short out because you will break the solder joints on the circuit board. To help with this I usually put some plastic JB weld or epoxy/hot glue in the I/O gaps to sturdy them up.