Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I'm using a Dean DBD T and a Line6 Spider 3. Not the best setup, I know. But the amp has been tweaked for the best ability of the pedal. You can make your guitar sound like ANYTHING with this pedal. But some of the stompbox effects are really bad. The tube Screamer lacks guts and lots of the other effects are a little too much or just don't sound like something I'd be using. There's like 30 different stompbox distortions, and I haven't fully tweaked with all of them yet. I really like the EQ. The parameters adjust from -12 to 12, with a 300hz-5000hz adjustable midrange frequency. Theres Bass, Mid, Treble and presence, so I get a really nice EQ in this one pedal. Not to mention you can change from EQ A to B, if you set up the expression pedal for it. There's a lot of possibilities with sound. I play a lot of Silverstein, Dance Gavin Dance, Attack Attack!, Green Day, Yellowcard, All Time Low, We the Kings, Senses Fail, jazz, and some classic rock. This pedal fits all of those things very well. My sound is more like Silverstein, but it's not too heavy to cover All Time Low or Yellowcard. I love all the effects in this thing. Some of the things like the Wah and Step filter just make me think "Wow, this couldn't be more awesome." Not to mention how adjustable everything is. It's a really big step up from an RP50. The sounds out of the RP355 are way more full and less digital sounding. Couldn't ask for anything more.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall... wow... well this pedal is for ANYONE. If you know how to use it. I've been playing for two years, and the only other pedal I own now is a Boss DS-1, that I barely have a use for now, but I still really like it. I wish I would have known what presence and midrange frequency were before I bought the pedal, but I sorta figured it out as I went a long. If this were lost or stolen, I'd kill the person Who stole it. It took me almost a year to save up for and it's a fantastic device for anyone who needs a more expansive sound. I love how everything can be tweaked, it can be a little time consuming but it's definitely worth it. The RP355 is the best pedal out of the RP series if you can't afford the RP500 or RP1000. It's small, durable and it holds up very nicely. You can do ANYTHING with it, I stress ANYTHING with this pedal. I sorta wish it had more than 3 Wah types (McClyde, Crybaby and full), but eh, whatever. You won't get anything better for $200.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I depend on it for everything, and it holds up. It's been surviving in the 40 degree garage where my band has to practice. It's even been stepped on a little too hard on the expression pedal to the point where it tipped and crashed down pretty hard. Most of it is some kind of metal. The expression pedal shocks me, its metal with a rubber grip on it. The casing is metal and the base is metal, but the pedals are a hard plastic. It's very durable, as it's held up abuse, some moisture even, cold temperatures and a lot of movement. Speaking on the expression pedal, it's adjustable with real-time parameters, and you can set up how hard you want to press down on it to turn on the Wah or whatever you have it set to, which is a really nice feature. I will be using it at a show at my high school pretty soon, and I have no doubt in my mind that it will fail.
Ease of Use — 8
After reading the 25 page manual, the pedal isn't fully explained. What you really have to do is look for a preset that you like, and build off from there. I liked the 16th preset, Metallica and tweaked it to my needs. I've copied my new preset into a few other places for other effects. So basically, I have the same sound, but the ability to add other effects. While this is a great feature, having to switch from stompbox mode to preset mode is kind of difficult, since most of the time I either press Delay or FX and not both at the same time. And then to switch back from presets to stompbox, I normally hit the Amp/Delay pedal so I switch the alternative amp model (which I haven't really messed with yet). It's kind of annoying, but it's fine. Editing patches is fairly simple. Use the arrows to go through the effects, and use the first knob to turn them on by pressing it. Scroll through the lists using that knob and set the parameters with the other knobs. In most cases, you can go from 0 to 99, so its a very flexible devices. Getting a good sound takes time, but it's definitely worth it after hitting chords after so long to tweak them to what you want to hear. It's a great, accomplished feeling. The firmware version is 1.1, and I'm assuming it's probably a little dated. I don't really know what the firmware version is all about, so I don't really care. And I have yet to plug it in to my computer.