Price paid: $ 60
Sound — 9
I'm using it with a strat and a Peavey classic 50. This isn't a very noisy pedal, you have to set it up right. If you have the compressor up all the way, or have a high gain amp model going, you'll get some noise. It does have a noise gate, but it doesn't get rid of the noise while you're playing. The modulation effects are pretty good (chorus, flange, phaser). And they're some cool octave and Whammy settings too. The amp models. Half are good, half are junk. I really dig the stack setting when you have it turned up, real modern sound. The clean settings, at a low level and when plugged into a good amp sound good too, and I've made several high quality recordings with my computer mic and a set of earbuds hooked up the RP50. The Auto-ya effect is pointless. The drum Machine is pretty good too, it's very nice to practice with some drums backing you, it gives you some practice so you know what you're doing when you actually get in a band. But overall, great Sound to price ratio.
Overall Impression — 8
I play basically everything, and there's settings that's allow you to play everything. Blackface model for cleans, some of the dirty settings for blues, stack settings for rock, and rectifier model for metal. If it were stolen, I would probably try out one of the bigger models of the RP series. I wish it had more realistic amp models, but for 60 bucks, you're not going to get it. Overall, good price, good tool for practice and recording.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Eh... it's more dependable that people give it credit for. True, it's plastic, but it's reasonably strong plastic. Just don't step on it too hard, or it'll probably break. I wouldn't even gig with this, this is a purely practice tool. Even then, you have to be careful not to step on it too hard.
Ease of Use — 7
First off, this isn't a processor for everyone. You need to know how to dial in what you want. When you first get it, you may want to read the m anual through a few times. It does come with a lot of presets, but they're all rubbish, spare maybe 3 or 4. If you want to get any good sounds at all, you have to put in your own presets, where there are some pretty good ones on the DigiTech sound community.