All user reviews for the DigiTech RP50

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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 29 reviews )
 11 reviews38 %
 10 reviews34 %
 5 reviews17 %
 2 reviews7 %
Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent

MGR/Robert's review"Digitech RP50"

DigiTech RP50
I bought this unit at a local shop. It was $69. I wanted something that would add more excitement to my playing. Boy, did I get it!

The price is certainly right. The built-in drum machine sounds fabulous to me. There are more built-in effects than I can possibly use. This thing can really make you more professional-sounding. Few people ever realize how common guitar effects are on recordings.

It's not so easy to program good-sounding effects yourself. The programming codes are not easy to decipher through the LED. But the capabilities are there if you are patient. It uses too many batteries for too short a time, and it's hard to get them in. You might as well consider the $20 AC adapter as a necessity.

Mostly plastic, but very solid-feeling. I think it's weighted in some way.

Something that would really be nice would be a "Test Button" that would pluck a string or strum a chord. That way, you could program the unit without having to hold a guitar at the same time. But my final conclusion is: for the price you pay, this is one great deal.

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MGR/David's review"Digitech RP-50"

DigiTech RP50
Local music store, $59 on sale.

Price, Price, Price. 40 presets and room to store your own 40. Also, the drum machine is like getting another effects unit for free.

There is no on/off switch, on/off is accomplished by plugging/unplugging your guitar into the input jack. I think this will lead to premature jack failure. But, hey....$59...$59...$59...

Plastic case, but seems extremely sturdy.

You really can't go wrong here. The built-in drum machine puts it over the top.

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MGR/hybrid's review"Digitech RP 50"

DigiTech RP50
I paid $200 australian dollers for it. I use it mainly as a compact headphone/practice amp when I can't carry my gt 6 with me. It's great for its the price and beats other multi effectors at this price range.

There's many different amps and effects you can choose from and there's a drum machine with a variety of patterns. That's everything I need to practise with. Acoustic guitar sound sounds amazingly good.most of the patches are actually useful in songs unlike some other uints where they just put in the patches to show you what it can do.
Compact size and batteries last a lot longer than a Zoom multi that I used to have.

Downside is the limit of changing parameters of each effect. What I mean is that you can hear a huge different between delay 1 and 2 (like how much delay you want) since there's no knobs but buttons.
Distortion sounds digital but good enough for practices and some rehearesals.
Changing patches isn't as smooth as i'd have wished. The most anoying thing about this unit is that drum pattern starts from the first beat again as soon as you change patch

Quality is great. Tough for being plastic. The jacks are plastic but they are really good. I've been using it for 6 months or so and they are not loose yet, which is great.

Bottom line is that the unit us great for what you pay for. Excellent for beginners who want to check out about effects (you can definitely find usable ones with it.) Good as a copact practice pedal when you can't take your whole rig with you.

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MGR/Captain Anarchy04/05/2003

MGR/Captain Anarchy's review"Digitech RP50"

DigiTech RP50
I bought this pedal for 70 dollars at Guitar Center. I thought I would add more effects to my guitar sound besides clean, distorted, and reverb.

This pedal has 80 presets. You can have 8 diferent effects playing at one time. Has an assortment of effects. Cheap, easy to use, and fun to experiment with.

To bypass the pedal you have to step on both the pedals at the same time sometimes one gets pushed before the other and it just changes the preset. Thats basically it.

Made of plastic with a clear LCD screen. Well built and probably wont break if dropped, but i haven't tried.

Good pedal, average quality, and good price.

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MGR/Paul Vozzo01/24/2003

MGR/Paul Vozzo's review"Digitech RP-50"

DigiTech RP50
Acquired at Guitar Center in Danvers MA for my birthday. Paid $70.00 plus tax. It seemed to be a top seller there and had the most bang for the buck. Internet reviews seemed good as well.

My favorite thing about this pedal is that, for the price of one good effects pedal, you get a whole series of them, plus eleven high quality sounding amplifier sims. The features are very easy to use and are logically laid out. This pedal literally contains everything I have ever wanted as an amateur musician looking to develop my own unique sound but also wanting to emulate some of the great ones. An added bonus is a website where one can download a replacement manual if one loses the original, and one can also exchange "patches" or programmed sequences with other owners over the net. Despite the plastic, lightweight look and feel, it is a pretty sturdy machine. One can plug in an expression pedal. The output can be either stereo or monaural. You can either use your existing amp or run the pedal into headphones or anything that takes an input.

I only dislike a few things, and these are not too important to me as I do not use them much. One is, in my opinion, a poor copy of a wah wah effect. You need an expression pedal to use wah and whammy effects and, when I bought one, I didn't like using it. So I returned the expression pedal and am happy without it. Batteries are very hard to fit in and they do not last very long at all. Probably my biggest complaint is that,when using several effects at once, particularly compression and chorus, the pedal makes a noisy hum and hiss which the noise gate effect does not do well to cancel out. Other users have also complained of this as well as occasional pops, which I also experience when running it through a PA system. Despite these drawbacks, this pedal produces a huge variety of quality sounds and effects which, at the price, is an amazing value. Finally, I personally wish the amplifier emulation could produce a tone that would resemble that used by Cream (a warm tone with a high-frequency distortion, hard to describe, trademark to listen to). You can't do everything with this pedal, but at $70, how could you expect to?

Construction seems okay, but not superb. It is, after all, plastic. A metal case probably would last longer, and heavier weight would help stabilize the unit on a stage. Despite this, the unit seems like it will last a long time and not wear out. Plug connections are solid. Layout is fantastic.

Bottom line: the most bang for the buck. You are getting your money's worth. You can't do everything with this pedal, but it does more and sounds better than anything else at this price range. If you want more effects and programmability, go for a higher model of Digitech's (100, 200, 300, etc.). If you want ease of use with what you need for getting started, this is the pedal for you. It is also nice to have a website with a patch sharing community and discussion forums.

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MGR/David Koch01/04/2003

MGR/David Koch's review"Digitech RP50 Guitar Modeling Processor"

DigiTech RP50
I acquired this unit at Monster music,
I paid $74.95 for the processor.

I like some of the factory preset, but
would like to program my own settings.

The Digitech users guide is a little
overwhelming to set the sounds I like.
Is there a website that can help me,or a step by step dvd?

The Quality of the unit is great,from years
passed,from my old BOSS delay box the construction is very effective.

Again my final comments are, that for us old
timers from back in the late 1965.The user
guide is not very understandable.
I'll leave my e-mail address, maybe you can help me get through this new toy of mine.

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MGR/Gary A12/05/2002

MGR/Gary A's review"Digitech RP 50"

DigiTech RP50
Acquired Unit at Local Music store... Basically looking for a headphone practice amp device..Paid 120.00 Canadian

Previous, I had purchased and returned both the Zoom 505II and 606. I found that these products had tones of effects but basically seem to be TONE killers… I figured I just wasn’t’ going to be please with such inexpensive units… Well the RP 50 has changed my view on that, I was immediately impressed with the preset effects and the great tone associated with these effects, you see I have been spoiled with tube amps and classic Fender Strat’s.. As an added bonus it has a built in drum patterns , great for honing your time if you don’t regular Jam…

I wish more of the effects could be control by an add-on expression pedal.. For example the panning effect, it would be great top be able to pan left and right via the expression pedal... Hard to get the batteries in the unit, feels like you are going to break something, but hey I'm nit picking..

Not as study as the Individual Boss Pedals I own, but then again it has multiple effects ands cost about the same as one single Boss stomp box...

Great Value for the money, great tone, multiple effects, tuner and drum patterns for a very reasonable price.. Highly recommended

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MGR/copperhead's review"DigiTech RP50 Guitar Processor"

DigiTech RP50
I bought this unit (actually, two of them) online from Musician's Friend as soon as they came out. They were $69.99 each, and we added a bass amp and stand to get the free shipping, which made it even better. Since I'm a tone freak and have actually been looking at tube amps, this gets the job done for 1/10 the price, and adds the other features too.

It's all about the features and the sounds. In addition to the usual Delays and Reverbs, it has better sounds than my Zoom 505 due to the Amp Modeling - which actually does work. Nice Brit Stack, Combo, Tube -clean, crunch, and hi-gain, Fender Blackface, Tweed, everything. It even has that tube-like crunch on chords. If I didn't know better, I would think I was playing a vintage Fender Twin tube amp from the 70s.
One feature that is a huge improvement, the EQ has a separate Bass, Mid and Treble setting, just like an amp.
It also has a Pickup Modeling feature, which goes from Single to Humbucking Mode and Humbucking to Single Mode. This is a cool feature, and you can use it even if you already have Hummers or Singles, for a butter-smooth variation. I've been playing a Cort with stock bottom-line EMG S-S-H pickups, normally a plain-vanilla sound, through a Peavey practice amp. With this unit the sound is thrilling - killer clean and dirty Hendrix/SRV sounds. I even programmed some clean, almost clean, and reverb/tremelo surf sounds (think James Bond-007). I could never get these straight from the clean channel, but they are very usable here. Also great for playing slide.
It also has a built in drum machine so you don't need a metronome anymore - or you can play up to 30 different rhythms for song practice. Suddenly playing Surf tunes is fun, and you can play progressions and jam like with a band.
The Chromatic Tuner - which I rely on - is easily the best I have used.

The plastic enclosure looks pretty fragile. I would be afraid to drop it from waist high, or have something heavy fall on it.

As stated, the plastic housing may not be very sturdy, but the switches, pedals, and read-outs are first rate, not cheap at all. One other thing the unit is very compact, which I like. It's not much bigger than a stompbox, but does the work of about 10 of them.
I use a Wal-wart adaptor - no special one required.

This is a great processor. You could play a gig with one guitar and amp and get any sound.
The second unit was for a friend that is learning to play. I talked him into getting the unit to spice up his practice rig. He read the manual and found the unit very easy to use, and now won't play without it. He keeps bragging about the sound and features, and what a great deal it was.

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-Livingroom-'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good for beginners"

DigiTech RP50
Digital effects processor (DSP), large size pedal for guitar, editable (however slightly) on the same box, no computer access. dedicated power supply, but to my knowledge a standard 9v can do the trick (or four batteries). a jack in, jack out, and roll youth!


There is not a lot of buttons (two big switch to select the top or bottom) and two others to change the presets, but it is limited in the settings. This is in my opinion, is to discover the different effects on the market and see those we love and those who tell us less (after once again, the effects are sometimes very doubtful, and a pedal does 200euros not sound at all the same way). Attention to the fragility of the whole, in short, again I recommend it for the novice or casual user in the room.

The only downside to this model is the lack of expression pedal, which does not allow to discover the wah and volume effects to my two major senses.

And for use in live, you have to store your presets in the order, which can be downright headache if we change the set every concert.


I find cold and digital effects, however to start again this is perfect. Metalheads can be find their account, and yet it often lacks precision in sound. After the occasion it can be fun to use some effects studio, so some are weird / bad taste.

After all modulation effects, as often in digital are pretty good quality (for the price), but the saturation (especially overdrive and various crunches) go your way.


I do not touch it for a while longer, but it will be 10 years that I have yes. I like the price and the next discovery for the beginner, I do not like his unlisted practice and sound in general. This is the entry-level gear is to be plugged into the same type of gear. Taking this into consideration, then yes it is a good tool.

k2r79's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

DigiTech RP50
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So sounds really satisfesant at home (we took a bit for John Petrucci and Steve Morse <img class="smiley" src="" alt="mrgreen" /> ), But on stage, with a little volume, a horror level breath.


I use it for about 8 months, I was very pleased and I really break out with but not a working tool is a tool for leisure <img class="smiley" src="" alt="wink" /> with an amazing value for money! After trying various other multi-effects I've realized that the noise was disturbing but really good noise supressor will do <img class="smiley" src="" alt="biggrin" /> .

I advice to beginners wanting to learn music at home with a sound quite similar to the great artists.