Zoom’s B3n, the successor to the company’s popular B3 pedal, has 67 tweakable effects, includes amp models paying homage to Ampeg, Aguilar, Fender, SWR, and Trace Elliot, and allows for 150 custom patches that combine up to seven effects, amps, and cabs. An aux in jack, headphone jack, and handful of rhythms make it a cool practice tool, while a USB input makes it easy to update firmware, download new patches, and tweak your creations. The B3n manages to accomplish all this while being seven inches deep, nine inches wide, and weighing just under three pounds.
The B3, released in 2012, has seven more amp models and 44 more effects. But with the B3n, it’s easy to download more amp models and effects with the free Guitar Lab software. The B3n also forgoes its predecessor’s active/passive input pad, as well as its XLR out with pre/post and ground lift; Zoom says that not having an XLR on the B3n keeps costs and size down while creating fewer parts that could fail.
The flip side of cramming so much functionality into a small box is it can take a minute to understand the B3n’s menus. Although the navigation is an improvement over the B3’s, some may blanche at the tapdancing and maneuvering necessary to get the most from the B3n.
Input ¼”, ⅛” (aux)
Output ¼” (stereo)
Power 9V tip-negative Boss-style power adapter
Made in Japan