Amazing for Pedals - GCX and GCP Review
I need to start this review by saying that I am not a effects/rack guitar player. I use 8 effects with this unit, but the real reason I bought it was to be able to preset combinations of pedals.
I had a regular pedal board and was playing behind a well known artist when I heard about GCX. I was skeptical at first but after watching the videos and emailing VL a bunch of times I bought one. Now I'm sold on the idea.
The main reason I bought it is because it allowed me to step on one button and have three pedals come on and hit it again and have them all go off - very useful if you're reproducing album tracks and are not a tap dancer.
The things I have come to love about it (and I hope to clear up people's questions) are:
1- With GCP the top 8 buttons can act just like 8 pedals on a board
2- The lower 4 buttons can be presets of any combinations (and they can be named). You use the bank up/down to go to 4 more presets. So if you're on tour and play the same set every night you just put 4 presets in and name them the song title and have the intro, bridge, chorus, solo on 1234. Hit bank up and be all set for the next song.
If you want to add/remove an effect while in a preset hust hit one of the top 8 buttons just like you would on a pedal board. Simple.
3- Programming is simple - just set the combination, hold sown edit and go through the menu and hit save. Simple.
4- Has a great buffer in it. Everyone talks True Bypass but honestly on a big stage the buffer sounds great (long cable). You can run it without the buffer as well.
5- QUIET - I thought my regular board was quiet this is unreal. No hums, etc... much quieter can't believe it. With 8 tb pedals hooked together that's a lot of extra cable. This just goes through the pedals that are turned on. Not sure why but it will clean up your sound.
6- Cabling will cost you some money. It's too bad they dont have the in/out switchable wired inside. You need an extra cable on every channel. Use Georgle L so you can make them an inch long.
7- Security - I never thought of this when I bought it but some pedals are expensive. I use the Klon which costs over a grand now (was $240 when I bought it), Boss CE-1, original Tube Screamer and a Slow Gear.
I did a bar band gig with a friend as a fill in and all my pedals were in the rack and no yahoo could see/steal them plus they're not getting stepped on (you leave them on all the time) so they're in great condition.
IN CLOSING - The GCX is a killer system for anyone who plays a lot.
Things to figure in are cabling cost (you'll need about 50 connectors and I bought the 50' roll of cable - all George L), cost of a rack case (I am using a 4 space case as I use a Chandler analog delay, the GCX and shelf and I have to push my pedals down to slide it out so figure 3 free spaces for a shelf to work with clearance, and an SKP shelf - expensive but well made.
Also - at first I hooked this up and sliding the shelf would pull things out, things were getting caught up, etc... so I redid it with cable ties and added length to some pedals now it's fine but you're looking as 3+ hours to get it wired up and sliding out as it should. Make sire you do it somewhere that allows you to access both sides of the case and where you can check cable lengths/clearance before you cut.
Buy a package of small cable ties as well.
DISCLAIMER - There are other ways to use the system. This is how I am using it.