Price paid: $ 46.36
Purchased from: eBay
Sound — 8
I am using a Vintage Samick Flash, with decent headphones (if not, a small 15w Silvertone amp). The sound I get on headphones (and recording onto a computer) is clean and crisp, and sounds great. On a good quality amp, an RP50 would sound great. Targeting a particular sound can take a bit of work, so don't expect to be able to sound exactly like Tom Morello or Joe Satriani straight away. All the effects sound good, but leave you wanting a bit more. I didn't use an expression pedal with mine, but controlling the Wah and other effects would be great. One problem that I do have is switching effects. Although 0.5 of a minute doesn't seem like much, it could ruin a gig switching between patches and hearing awful guitar silence.
Overall Impression — 9
I mainly play rock, like Joe Satriani, Led Zeppelin and Metallica, but I like to delve into different sounds, such as Steely Dan and Stairway to Heaven. I've been playing for about 4 years, and this is my first pedal. I bought it second hand off eBay, and am very happy with it! If I chose a different product, I think I'd take an RP300. A huge reason I got an RP50 is because of the price. I could of bought two Behringer stomp boxes for the price of this, and you can tell which one I'd prefer. There are some useless things, like the drum feature (which can hardly be heard when playing a song) and the tuner (which wobbles so much you can't tune with it). If they got rid of those features, I think it'd add to it. There is an decent community of RP50 owners that make their own patches, which adds to the use of my RP50 immensely. The only flaws I can find in it are fixed in later models, so for those looking for great effects on a tighter budget, you cannot look past the RP50!
Reliability & Durability — 8
The RP50 has received mixed reviews, but I believe that it's a very dependable unit if you take good care of it. It wouldn't last too long if you stomp on the buttons, which aren't meant to be treated badly. I wouldn't gig without a backup, such as a few stomp boxes. I have never had a single problem with it.
Ease of Use — 9
A few people have said that it's hard to program, but I disagree. It can be touchy at times (due to the small buttons, etc.), but I think it's easy to write and put in other peoples patches. The manual is easy to understand, and if you've got a 'guitar tech' background, you'll get everything straight away. You can of course get awful sounds from it, but in about 2 minutes you can create an original, great sound!