Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sydney Australia
Re: g-system vs. g-major vs. g-force
I have a G-Major - it is great - fantastic for the money (ie: REALLY INEXPENSIVE!) - the only occasional whine people make about the device is that it will not do intelligent pitch shifting - the sound quality is absolutely superb. The manual (which you can download from TC's website) states that it is basically a line level device (ie: either in your effects loop, or between your preamp and power amp), however you can just as easily run it before the guitar amp with a bit of input level tinkering - in fact in one configuration, you can actually set the G-Major up as a series of switchable "stompboxes".
As a few people have commented, the one thing the G-Major lacks is switchable effects loops within it's own signal chain, so unlike the G-Force, or G-System, you can't use it as an all-purpose controller for chains of stompboxes.
Also Kenny, all of the TC rack units are effects boxes - they are not designed to replace, say, a POD XT or similar - they are more for people who get their basic tone from an amp, and are looking for high quality reverb/delay/pitch effects.
The G-Major doesn't have the capabilities of the G-Force or G-System, but then again I bought mine for $399USD, as opposed to about $899-999USD for a G-Force or $1400 or so for the G-System - and for that sort of money, it's a steal. While I can't comment from personal experience, TC's own website states that the G-Major, due to it's simplified internal architecture actually changes patches significantly quicker than the G-Force, and there have been the odd moans about the software that drives the G-System still being alarmingly buggy.
I couldn't be happier with the G-Major - at any price - it does exactly what I want it to, it's easy to program and easy to edit - and it worked the way it promised straight out of the box!
Hope that helps,