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Get the best of both worlds with the DigiTech RP500 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal. The RP500 features a Pedalboard mode that allows you to turn on and off individual stompboxes and effects by pushing but... Read More

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Get the best of both worlds with the DigiTech RP500 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal. The RP500 features a Pedalboard mode that allows you to turn on and off individual stompboxes and effects by pushing buttons 1-5. You get the expressiveness of stompboxes and you can change them from preset to preset. Next take the Amp/Cabinet Bypass button that defeats the internal amplifiers and cabinets leaving you with only stompboxes and effects and you have a switching machine. Save each combo in a preset for a uniquely switchable pedal setup found only in pro switching systems.

The RP500 Multi Effects Pedal is built like a tank, from a cast metal chassis to the 9 vacuum-style switches. A large 10 character LED display makes for easy stage use topped by an built-in expression pedal to control wahs, volume, Whammy and other parameters.

Your sound is king so having control of your sound is imperative. The DigiTech RP500 pedal gives you the control to express yourself the way you want-no longer will the lack of control stand in the way of your expression.

*Other product names modeled in this product are trademarks of their respective companies that do not endorse and are not associated or affiliated with DigiTech or Harman International Industries, Inc. Ibanez Tube Screamer, Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive, Guyatone Overdrive, ProCo Rat, MXR, Boss Metal Zone, Roger Mayer Octavia, Demeter Fuzzulator, Arbiter Fuzz Face, EH Big Muff Pi, Dunlop Cry Baby, Vox, Clyde McCoy Wah, MXR DynaComp, TC Electronic, EH Electric Mistress, EH Small Stone, Boss Octaver, Unicord Univibe, Fender Opto Tremolo, Vox Bias Tremolo, Maestro Echoplex, Fender Twin Reverb, EMT, Fender Tweed Deluxe, Fender Bassman, Fender Blackface, Twin Reverb, Marshall Super Lead, Mesa/Boogie, Hiwatt, Fender Tweed Champ, Soldano, Jensen Blue Backs, Celestion, Johnson Amplification and VHT Amplification are trademarks of other manufacturers and were used merely to identify products whose sounds were reviewed in the creation of this product.

Features
  • Exclusive Pedalboard mode changes the RP500 into 5 individual stompboxes and effects
  • Amp/Cabinet Bypass turns the RP500 into a true effects processor that works with your amp's tone
  • Heavy-duty vacuum switches for program changes, effect on/off changes, bank up and down, tap tempo and tuner
  • Bright LEDs display program status and effect on/off
  • Large 8 character LED display for program name, bank name, and tuner
  • Large 2 character display for program number and tuning reference
  • Built-in expression pedal controls the RP500's internal wahs, volume, Whammy, and other parameters
Specifications
  • Stompboxes based on:

    Compressor / Sustainers:
    Boss CS-2Compressor / Sustainer
    DigiTech Main Squeeze Compressor
    MXR Dynacomp
    Wah / Volume: Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
    DigiTech Full Range Wah
    Vox Clyde McCoy Wah
    Volume Pedal

    Distortions & Overdrives:
    SCREAMER (Based on an Ibanez TS-9)
    TS 808 (Based on an Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer)
    SPARKDRIVE (Based on a Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive)
    OD OVERDRIVE (Based on a Guyatone Overdrive OD-2)
    DOD 250 (Based on a DOD 250 Overdrive/Preamp)
    RODENT (Based on a Pro Co RAT)
    MX DISTORTION (Based on an MXR Distortion +)
    DS (Based on a Boss DS-1 Distortion)
    GRUNGE (DigiTech Grunge)
    ZONE (Based on a Boss MT-2 Metal Zone)
    DEATH METAL (DigiTech Death Metal)
    GONKULATOR (Based on a DOD Gonkulator Ring Modulator)
    8TAVIA (Based on a Roger Mayer Octavia)
    FUZZLATOR (Based on a Demeter Fuzzulator)
    CLASSIC FUZZ (Based on a DOD Classic Fuzz)
    FUZZY FACE (Based on an Arbiter Fuzz Face)
    BIG PI (Based on an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi)
    DigiTech Redline Overdrive

    Amplifiers & Acoustics:
    57 CHAMP Based on a '57 Fender Tweed Champ
    57 DELUXE Based on a '57 Fender Tweed Deluxe
    59 BASSMAN Based on a '59 Fender Tweed Bassman
    62 BROWN BASSMAN Based on a '62 Fender Brownface Bassman
    65 TWIN REVERB Based on a '65 Fender Blackface Twin Reverb
    65 REVERB(Based on a '65 Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb
    65 JTM-45(Based on a '65 Marshall JTM-45
    68 SUPER LEAD PLEXI Based on a '68 Marshall 100 Watt Super Lead (plexi)
    68 JUMP PANEL Based on a '68 Marshall Jump Panel
    77 MASTER VOLUME Based on a '77 Marshall Master Volume
    83 JCM800 Based on an '83 Marshall JCM800
    93 JCM900 Based on a '93 Marshall JCM900
    01 JCM2000 Based on an '01 Marshall JCM2000 (Solo Channel)
    62 AC15 Based on a '62 Vox AC15
    63 AC30 TOP BOOST Based on a '63 Vox AC30 Top Boost
    69 HIGH WATTAGE Based on a '69 Hiwatt Custom 100 DR103
    81 MARK IIC Based on an '81 Mesa Boogie Mark II C
    01 DUAL RECTIFIED Based on an '01 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
    99 LEGACY VL-100 Based on a Carvin Legacy VL-100
    96 MATCH HC-30 Based on a '96 Matchless HC30
    88 SLO-100 Based on an '88 Soldano SLO-100
    Gibson GA-40
    Peavey 5150 II
    Roland JC-120
    Sunn 100S
    Randall HT-100
    DIGITECH SOLO DigiTech Solo
    DIGITECH METAL DigiTech Metal
    DIGITECH BRIGHT CLEAN DigiTech Bright Clean
    DIGITECH CHUNK DigiTech Chunk
    DIGITECH CLEAN TUBE DigiTech 2101 Clean Tube
    DIGITECH CRUNCH DigiTech Crunch
    DIGITECH BLUES DigiTech Blues
    DIGITECH FUZZ DigiTech Fuzz
    DIGITECH SPANK DigiTech Spank
    DIGITECH HIGH GAIN DigiTech High Gain
    DIGITECH MONSTER - Maxed out gain
    DIGITECH "TWEEDFACE" ” Tweed preamp w/Blackface power amp
    DIGITECH "65 Blackface Bassman" ” '65 Blackface preamp with Bassman power amp
    DIGITECH STONERROCK ” Thick, sludgy distorted amp tone
    DIGITECH DARKMETAL ” Responsive, tight metal tone
    DIGITECH TRANSISTOR ” Solid state transistor amp sound
    DIGITECH BROWNSOUND ” Hot rodded '80s stack tone
    DIGITECH MOSH ” Chunky metal tone with just the right amount of sizzle
    2101 CLEAN TUBE DigiTech GSP2101TM Artist Clean Tube
    2101 SATURATED TUBE DigiTech GSP2101 Artist Saturated Tube
    DIRECT No amp model
    DREADAUGHT ACOUSTIC
    JUMBO ACOUSTIC

    Cabinets:
    CHAMP 1X8 Based on a 1x8 '57 Fender Tweed Champ
    DELUXE 1X12 Based on a 1x12 '57 Fender Tweed Deluxe
    DELUXE REVERB 1X12 Based on a 1x12 '65 Fender Blackface Deluxe Reverb
    BRITISH 1X12 Based on a 1x12 '62 Vox AC15 w/20W Vox Speaker
    BLONDE 2X12 Based on a 2x12 '57 Fender Blonde Bassman
    TWIN 2X12 Based on a 2x12 '65 Fender Blackface Twin Reverb
    BRITISH 2X12 Based on a 2x12 '63 Vox AC0 Top Boost w/ Jensen Blue Backs
    BASSMAN 4X10 Based on a 4x10 '59 Fender Tweed Bassman
    BRITISH 4X12 Based on a 4x12 Marshall 1969 Straight w/ Celestion G12-T70
    GREENBACK 4X12 Based on a 4x12 Marshall 1969 Slant w/ Celestion 25W Green backs
    FANE 4X12 Based on a 4x12 Hiwatt Custom w/ Fane Speakers
    BOUTIQUE 4X12 Based on a 4x12 '96 VHT Slant w/ Celestion Vintage 30's
    VINTAGE 4X12 Based on a 4x12 Johnson Straight w/ Celestion Vintage 30's
    DIGITECH SOLO 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Solo
    DIGITECH BRIGHT 2X12 2x12 DigiTech Bright
    DIGITECH METAL 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Metal
    DIGITECH ROCK 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Rock
    DIGITECH ALT 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Alt Rock
    DIGITECH VINTAGE 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Vintage
    DIGITECH CHUNK 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Chunk
    DIGITECH SPANK 4X12 4x12 DigiTech Spank
    DIGITECH SPEAKER COMP 4x12 DigiTech Speaker Compensation
    DIRECT No cabinet model

    FX Models:

    Chorus Stompbox Models based on:
    Boss CE-2 Chorus
    DigiTech Dual Chorus
    DigiTech Multi-Chorus
    TC Electronics Chorus
    DIGITECH GLISTENING Chorus

    Flanger Models based on:
    MXR Flanger
    DigiTech Triggered Flanger
    Electro Harmonix Electric Mistress
    ADA Flanger

    Phaser Models based on:
    MXR Phase 100
    DigiTech Phaser
    Electro Harmonix Small Stone

    Pitch Models based on:
    DigiTech Whammy
    DigiTech Pitch Shift
    DigiTech Detune
    DigiTech IPS
    Boss OC-2 Octaver

    Vibrato/Rotary Models based on:
    DigiTech Vibrato
    DigiTech Rotary
    DigiTech Vibro/Pan
    Unicord UniVibe

    Tremolo Models based on:
    DigiTech Tremolo
    DigiTech Panner
    Fender Opto Tremolo
    Vox Bias Tremolo
    DIGITECH SCATTERTREM ” Dual tremolo effect
    Envelope/Special Models based on:
    DOD FX25 Envelope Filter
    DigiTech Auto Yah
    DigiTech YaYa
    DigiTech Synth Talk
    DigiTech Step Filter
    DigiTech Sample & Hold

    Delays:
    Digital Delay
    Analog Delay
    Pong Delay
    Modulated Delay
    Tape Delay
    Reverse Delay
    DM Analog Delay - based on Boss DM2 Analog Delay
    Echo Plex - based on Maestro EP-1 Tube Echoplex

    Reverbs based on:
    Lexicon Ambience
    Lexicon Hall
    Lexicon Room
    Lexicon Studio
    EMT Plate - based on EMT 240 Plate Reverb
    Spring - based on Fender Twin Reverb
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year warranty. 6 year extended warranty for X series if registered by customer.


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DigitechRP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface
 
4.6

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Digitech RP500 ROCKS!!!!!!!!!

I have been looking for a new mulit-effects processor for a while now and I haven't had much luck. I have had trouble finding one that had a lot of strong effects in it,...Read complete review

I have been looking for a new mulit-effects processor for a while now and I haven't had much luck. I have had trouble finding one that had a lot of strong effects in it, that was simple to use on stage. This model beats every other multieffects processor in its price range. I love the idea that you can make 40 different preset chains on it and then turn each individual effect off and on at will during a song. It's like having 40 custom boards at your feet. Another bonus is that it had an internal amp and cabinet simulator. This helps so much when you want to just plug right into the board, instead of the hassle of miking your amps. This system rocks and I would recommend it to anyone that wants a GREAT processor at a reasonable price.

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Good Begginner Board

I got this board because I didn't have any effects, and didn't have $$$$ to spend on getting a bunch of pedals. This board is a good value because, like many others...Read complete review

I got this board because I didn't have any effects, and didn't have $$$$ to spend on getting a bunch of pedals. This board is a good value because, like many others have said, there are a lot of effects to choose from. I've had it for almost two years now and here is my experience. The things I liked about it is that you can get some pretty cool, unique sounds out of this board. It offers a broad range of effects, and helps players become familiar with how to use many effects. What I didn't like about it is that it sounds thin when played through a direct box with the amp modeler. It sounds a lot better played through an amp without the optional modelers, but still sounds a little thin and sucks some tone. Also, if you want to change one of the effects, you have to squat down, press a bunch of buttons to get through a menu, turn a bunch of knobs to get to an effect you want, etc. Another option is to set up a different channel that is identical to the first one, but with the one effect difference you want and just switch back and forth. However, the transition is very choppy. Bottom line, the interface was not created with the performer in mind. Altogether, I am glad I purchased it two years ago, because I have learned a lot since then. The tonal problems I experienced could just be me since I was running a '52 Tele RI through the rp500 to a Fender 212r. I recently lent the board to a friend of mine who ran an Epi Dot through the rp500 to a Fender Ultra Chorus, and the tone was nice and thick. However, the two guitars are so different, it's like comparing the sound of a small car to a diesel truck.

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5.0

Great price and product

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from Southwest suburbs of Chicago,Il

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

      I play all kinds of music and when u have the sounds it makes it a lot easier.

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      5.0

      Royal Sound

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      from San Antonio, Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

        Bone shattering DIGMETAL (HEAVY) tone program rocks! With Greenback or Classic CABINET!! Yes Yes Yes!!! Get it now!

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        4.0

        Great effects board!

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        from Marion, Illinois

        Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

        I just bought the RP500 and I have to say it is the greatest thing since buttered bread! Has great sounds, and fairly easy for anybody to set up, even somebody as electronics illiterate as I am. The only reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5, I am finding it extremely difficult to set up the "looper" add-on, which you have to download. Never got to the actual download of the looper, because it kept redirecting me to the website, and telling me I had to load an authentication code, which I couldn't find anywhere! So, until I can get that figured out, it's 4 stars. Other than that I am totally happy with the FX board.

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        3.0

        Good Begginner Board

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        from MI

        Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

        I got this board because I didn't have any effects, and didn't have $$$$ to spend on getting a bunch of pedals. This board is a good value because, like many others have said, there are a lot of effects to choose from. I've had it for almost two years now and here is my experience. The things I liked about it is that you can get some pretty cool, unique sounds out of this board. It offers a broad range of effects, and helps players become familiar with how to use many effects. What I didn't like about it is that it sounds thin when played through a direct box with the amp modeler. It sounds a lot better played through an amp without the optional modelers, but still sounds a little thin and sucks some tone. Also, if you want to change one of the effects, you have to squat down, press a bunch of buttons to get through a menu, turn a bunch of knobs to get to an effect you want, etc. Another option is to set up a different channel that is identical to the first one, but with the one effect difference you want and just switch back and forth. However, the transition is very choppy. Bottom line, the interface was not created with the performer in mind. Altogether, I am glad I purchased it two years ago, because I have learned a lot since then. The tonal problems I experienced could just be me since I was running a '52 Tele RI through the rp500 to a Fender 212r. I recently lent the board to a friend of mine who ran an Epi Dot through the rp500 to a Fender Ultra Chorus, and the tone was nice and thick. However, the two guitars are so different, it's like comparing the sound of a small car to a diesel truck.

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        4.0

        Total Package

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        from Naples Florida

        Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

        Great bang for the buck here. Unless you're a total snob or purist this thing is it. I gave it 4 stars because nothing is perfect and there is always room for improvement. With that being said, I'm totally satisfied with my sound and my band mates are amazed. It does take a while to tweak it for your personal tone. The factory settings are in no particular order for playing live and have varying volume levels, so you have to sit down with it for a bit. I run it through a small 65 watt Peavey tube amp to give it an authentic tube sound live, and it does. I have a bank of Marshall sounds from clean to ripping dirt, a bank of Fender sounds from twang to crunch, a bank of Vox sounds for Beatles and other oldies. I've owned everything from Ampeg, Sunn, Marshall, Fender, Mesa Boogie, Orange, to rack mount systems. I'm an aging rocker weekend warrior, but I play out regularly still and this thing is a no brainer.

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        5.0

        read this

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        from tc

        Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

        Fantastic direct or through an amp. It sound amazing through a tube head. NO bull this can do almost any type of music. Blues, metal, pop, tons of great effects and accurate models. I use it live and in the studio. The only problem with mine was the wah pedal would easily switch back and forth between wah and volume mode was you're using it, bad design, I'm not sure how to get around that problem. Almost a perfect pedal.

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        5.0

        Every thing I hoped for

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        from Bakersfield CA.

        Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

        This thing gives me All the lead guitar and rhythm sounds that I've always wanted but I just didn't know how to get them. It's all in the Amps to begin with, and this thing has all the classic Amps to play through without paying thousands of dollars to get them. Heck some are most likely collectors items that you may never find again. Bottom line is this is a rad effects and you get so much for so little. Go get one.

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        5.0

        Everything you need, and more

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        from North Providence, RI

        Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

        I finally broke down and picked up an RP500. Im an old school tube amp & pedals guy, and resisted one of these units for a long time. After researching all the units in the price range, I settled on the RP500. It sounds good, is built like a tank and didnt require an aerospace degree to understand it. The effects are as good as anything out there, and the amp/cabinet models are very useable. The factory presets arent so great, but they are a solid starting point for creating your own sounds. Ive heard some people say this unit is only for metal tones, and thats just false. This unit make some very convincing blues, country and classic rock sounds as well. No, its doesnt have that tube "feel" or the harmonics of a hot tube amp, but, it has a very convincing simulation, and it doesnt break the bank either. Overall I am very satisfied with this product, and coming from me (hater of all things digital) thats a glowing endorsement. One thing to note. If you are using the amp & cabinet simulators, dont plug into a guitar amp, even into the loop return . It just wont sound good. Get a keyboard amp, or small PA system and plug in, you'll be amazed at the tones you can produce.

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        5.0

        Never use and Amp again

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        from Little Rock Arkansas

        Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

        a few years back we came to the realization that the less volume you have on stage, it really does have a better overall sound (fortunately we have a great sound team). I used the POD 2.0 for a long time but it lacked a lot of crispness and distinction so it was better off for us to only have one electric player in the mix at a time because it was just too difficult to get 2 of them to sound good together. this thing is very easy to mix with. also I like how it hands more like a pedal board. I do with it had a few more tap options for the delay instead of just quarter notes. but for all practical purposes it Very Very Good. i like the stomp box functions. many pedal boards sound kinda unnatural when switching clean to dirty. this one transitions rather well.

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        5.0

        Awesome

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        from California

        Comments about Digitech RP500 Guitar Multi-Effects Switching System & USB Recording Interface:

        So I bought this quite a while ago but I never gave a review so this is just for those who are looking to buy one even though it's not the latest model.. so first of all it is an amazing pedal board for this price and sounds professional. It has tons of FX that would put you in the $1,000s or more to buy separately. It has a 20 sec. looper that works wonderfully also.. the only thing that I wish could be added is a dotted eighth delay, but maybe they will add that in a software update in the future that would be awesome. I would definitely recommend this pedal and it has lasted me a long time and is very good quality. you can also use it for a temporary while you slowly accumulate separate stomp boxes for a real pedalboard

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