505 II review by Zoom

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Ease of Use: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.8 (130 votes)
Zoom: 505 II

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.

6 comments sorted by best / new / date

    This multieffect-pedal is the absolute best! I've had it for about 5 years now, and it still works! I just popped new AAs in it, plugged the expression pedal, and played a little pantera w/a distortion-wah combo! And wow, I was able to mimic lord dimebag's heavy sound in a snap (it's that easy to fix the patches!)! The input doesn't work too hot, though; the jack needs a li'l nudging... But so what? This rocks and is perfect for instant jam sessions!
    Has anyone ever had the problem of an ungodly buzzing from this pedal? This has happened to me for the longest time and I finally fixed it. Apparently if you are running through a power supply, you cant "share power" by using one of those chain things that power several pedals. I have to buy a new power supply for my pedal now, but at least I can use it again...
    hey fellas, im not able to get these real heavy sounds outta this unit, although i've tried tweaking with it, but not been very successful. Overall its a great entry level unit, and very happy with it. was looking out for the zoom 7.1ut as well, will go in for that soon may be. but as some one who commented said, its perfect for instant jam sessions!...
    this was my first multifx pedal and i couldnt have made a better decision for my first one. i dont use it a lot anymore but the fx are good. i reccomend anyone who wants their first fx pedal for not a lot of monmey