Price paid: $ 54.9
Purchased from: Sound Control Online
Sound — 8
I have both an Epiphone Les Paul and a Squier Stratocaster and this effects pedal adds terrifically to any guitarists armoury. With almost all of the effects sounding amazing everytime (the distortion is sometimes a bit weak/noisy). And with enough knowledge of your favourite song/artist you can recreate their sound with the touch of a few buttons.
Overall Impression — 7
As a guitarist with many Blues roots, and with influences such as David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page all incorporating blues into their play the Zoom 505-II has a wide range of different effects that help to improve my playing. the main problem with this product is it does not come with a built in expression pedal, which means you have to pay out more to get the most out of this product.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This pedal is both reliable and easy to use and would make an ideal primary pedal for a gig. With the osund hardly ever compromised by any setup on the guitar, the effect banks always perform up to a higher than regular standard, and always a chance of improving with the click of a button, or the stomp of a pedal.
Ease of Use — 10
As soon as this compact unit is plugged in, amazing sound is kicked out from a pre-set overdriven patch. With many pre-sets including an 'Eddie Van Halen Patch' that promises to re-create the sound of Eddie all the way to patches even Buckethead would be proud of, playing out some of the weirdest sounds you'd ever hear. The patch editing at first is a little tricky, but once you've got the abbreviations and layout sorted, you're away.