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At the time, this was one of the best guitar effects units you could buy. It was also priced right because its nearest competition was the Rocktron Chameleon, which cost more than the Quadraverb GT did. The s for the most part was an "anti-pedal" time for guitar players where everyone wanted all their effects in a rack unit with preset switching ability on the floor via a MIDI controller such as the ART X While pedals were still available and always were, guitar stores had mountains of rack unit stuff available for everything you could possibly think of.
The Quad GT does reverb, delay, phaser and flanger very well. It has a crisp, clean sound to it and its digital processing, while primitive today, still holds up quite nicely. The only time the Quad "sounds old" is if you use really washy reverb.
But other than that, the GT could still be used in stage or studio to this day. Where the GT fails is with its overdrive and distortion as it is awful. All you hear is digital nastiness from that - even with cabinet simulation enabled. The best way to use the GT as far as guitar is concerned is to not use the distortion or overdrive at all. And what I mean by that is guitar to dist pedal to GT and not use the effects loop.
As far as hardware problems go with the GT, there are a few. Using plastic instead of steel nuts was a poor decision by Alesis just to cut cost. If you are a GT owner, the first thing you should do is junk those plastic nuts, replace with steel, and use a socket wrench to get a good, snug connection. The power button has a nasty habit of losing its connection as well after being used for years. A very common problem is that the backlight on the LCD screen stops working completely, where you have to shine a flashlight on the display just to read it afterward.
Thankfully, replacement screens are available and easy to install. The GT does not age well as far as its internal electronics are concerned. Being some units are now close to 20 years old, restoration may be needed. Worth owning? No, unless you want that s "warp" style reverb, and that takes a bit of explanation. Certain digital reverbs made by Alesis when modulated a certain way have a sound that can only be described as "warped". However, those units are only sought out mainly by synth guys and not guitar guys.
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Alesis Quadraverb Reference Manual
ALESIS QUADRAVERB Reference Manual