Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Amazon-Independent Seller
Sound — 9
I use my processor w/ Ibanez six and seven strings(RG3exfm1, RGD7321, RG350, RG470) also use a Fender Mustang on occasion. ANd all through what usually is a Randall RX120DHS with settings on clean. No hum unless running the compressor, with high gain AND high distortion. But what really pisses me off, is that sometimes, you HAVE to turn the noisegate WAY up and kills your sustain, harmonics, and dynamics. By the way, the gate itself, isnt all that great. But damnit the effects are! Every effect is very sweet and rich with unparalleled amounts of tweakability. Reverbs, Pitch shifters, Phase and Flange, vibrato, and Delay effects are the best on the machine. Mid-range effects aren't as good as what I just listed, but are still pretty decent; distortions(not so varying) chorus, "ya ya"(whammy type thing), octave, detune, compressor, and any variation of an effect, supposed to mimick another brands. As before, every effect is very rich, full, powerfull and most are pretty realistic to whatever they are supposed to be mimicking.Distortions are awesome though, they stand out, I personally recomend the Redline, Big Muff, DS distortion, tube screamer, and DOD 250 models. On the downside, the Metal zone, death metal, and Grunge models, are frankly... fuking terrible. You can get fairly close to thrash/death metal tones, nu metal and industrial sounds are very easy to get, alternative like smashing pumpkins and Nirvana are a little work. But you still can't beat (completely) the awesome tone you get from an overdrive, highly distorted stack.
Overall Impression — 10
The RP500 is a very very nice piece of musical equipment, and can do anything even the most demanding player wants. Plug it into a nice stack, through a PRS or prestige ibanez, and you have, not only a workhorse but a reliable, well equipped processor. Its affordable, well worth the money I might add, and kill, mame, rape, and piss on whoever steals it. However, if you care to spend more money, gor for the GNX3000, its even better. Don't get the RP1000 though, it's basically the exact same thing.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The RP is pretty darn stable, it can, I feel, take quite a beating, but don't go stomping and shit all over the pedal things or ex. pedal. they are made of very hard plastic. check yourself. Gigwise, I would configure it and do a sound check at least twice before going onstage with it. Still can't beat a pedalboard.
Ease of Use — 8
My RP500 was bought new and is so simple. SO DAMN SIMPLE. Everything is laid out for you(the manual isnt much help though)and straightforward. All the effects are easy to find, so are patches( theyre easy to use and edit also)but they are in a little need for tweakage. As far as I know it hasn't been upgraded.