Price paid: $ 128.082
Purchased from: backsalleymusic.com
Sound — 8
I am using a Les Paul copy guitar with a large keyboard amp. I found that a keyboard amp is the best way to use the RP80 as it doesnt't add or take away from the pedals sound (like my Marshall did). I have been listening a lot to Gary Moore lately, and have found that setting 11 with the expression pedal in the toe up possition was a good match, although not exact. A little playing about with it and I'm sure I'll get it how I want. It being my first pedal, I have been pleased with the sounds it can produce and don't feel I am limited by it. I like the acoustic sounds I can get.
Overall Impression — 8
I play rock and blues. The sounds I can get from the RP80 are good enough for my use. I've been playing for about 12 years and this was my forst pedal. I've since bought a Danelectro Overdrive pedal which I can use in conjustion with the RP80. If it were lost or stolen, I would spend a little more money and go for the next modal up from the RP80. I went for the RP80 because it was the only multi effects pedal within my budget. I asked the shop assistant to demo it for me so I could see what it could do. My favourite feature is the expression pedal, although the amp modaling is great too. there's just so much that this little box can do!
Reliability & Durability — 5
I have read that others have had problems with the expression pedal not working. I also had this problem, but I found that page 25 in the manual explains how to recallibrate the expression pedal, and it's working fine again. I have used it in a public situation and it held up just fine, but I'm not sure how it would do in a sweaty gig being stomped on. Also, I would have thought that a metal expression pedal would be a lot stronger. The plastic pedal seems a little weak. However, I've had no problems with it so far.
Ease of Use — 6
The RP80 has 40 presets to play with which are very easy to navigate through. I did have problems with figuring out how to do my own presets (but this may be due to me never having had a guitar pedal before)so I simply refered to the manual. I found that most of the presets were set to low. And if I didn't strike a string hard enough, that the RP80 wouldn't hear it. The only other gripe I have is that it sometimes takes away from my sustain by cutting the sound on a note to early.