506 II Bass review by Zoom

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  • Sound: 5
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Ease of Use: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 6.3 Neat
  • Users' score: 4.6 (14 votes)
Zoom: 506 II Bass

Price paid: $ 40

Purchased from: The Music Corner

Sound — 5
I use this pedal with a Squier P-Bass and a Peavey TNT 100 bass amp. The pedal itself produces lots of background noise when on heavier distortion settings. Certain effects are strong, but almost all seem to lack the sustain of a note that you would have without the pedal. Certain effects, such as gain and amp setting, are good. Others, such as Autowah and synth, are not so great.

Overall Impression — 6
I play punk rock music. This pedal does provide a good slap-bass distortion and a good bass solo distortion. I have been playing for about 4 years with a Squier P-Bass. If this were stolen or lost, I would consider buying something else. While it works for me now, there is room for improvement.

Reliability & Durability — 8
So far, this thing seems like it would survive World War 3. Although some of the features may be lacking, it holds up very well. Playing a gig withoug a backup would be fine, so long as you have a few spare 9-volt batteries. This thing uses up tons of battery power.

Ease of Use — 6
This bass effects pedal is decent, providing some basic distortion. Editing patches is confusing at first, but pays off once you figure out what to do. The manual explains things vaugely, but things just fall into place once you play around with it for a while.

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