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DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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Small package, big punch.

The DigiTech RP55 is a guitar multi-effects pedal equipped with 11 amp models and 20 studio-quality effects. Up to 8 effects can be used at once for unimagined tonal possibilities. The DigiTech RP55 pedal is the easiest DigiTech RP product to use; simply dial up your choice of amps and preset effects settings.

The RP55 uses DigiTech's AudioDNA DSP chip to produce studio-class effects and amps. 24-bit A/D/A conversion ensures that no frequency response is lost between inputs and outputs. A drum machine with 30 patterns and an easy-to-use 13-LED chromatic tuner are also included.

Whether you're just starting in your quest for tone or need many choices, the DigiTech RP55 is the multi-effects pedal to fit your needs.

FEATURES
  • 11 Amp Models
  • 5 Cabinets
  • 20 Studio Quality Effects, up to 8 at once
  • Built-in drum machine with 30 patterns
  • 40 User, 40 Factory Presets
  • Built-in chromatic tuner
  • Expression pedal input for Whammy, Wah and Volume
  • Easy-to-read LED Display
  • Stereo Output doubles as headphone jack
  • Low-noise 24-bit analog digial converters
  • Runs on batteries or external power supply (Requires 6 AA batteries or DigiTech PS200R Power Supply sold separately)

Whether you're just starting in your quest for tone or need many choices, the RP55 fits your needs. Call or click to order now.

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DigiTechRP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (18)
  • Compact (17)
  • Versatile (15)
  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Responsive (11)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Performances (13)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

tone machine

The RP-55 has the potential to enhance the tonal quality of any knowledgable guitarist. This is especially true when this pedal is used IN STEREO! The output jack delivers true stereo separation when...Read complete review

The RP-55 has the potential to enhance the tonal quality of any knowledgable guitarist. This is especially true when this pedal is used IN STEREO! The output jack delivers true stereo separation when connected to two channels on a mixer (panned left and right) or two amps. You've got to know what settings favor your particular amp and guitar(s) too. Also, make sure each individual preset level and the master volume level are properly balanced. You don't want any excessive output differences between presets. Compare your amp's dry signal level (pedal bypassed) with the level of the pedal when it is turned on. Your presets should NOT be too much louder than your amp. Pickups a little noisy? Set the noise gate to G3 and don't go too heavy on the compression. Lastly, you don't have to use one of the amp models for every preset. Try using the pedal's effects with the amp modeling off. That way you can hear the effects with the natural sound of your amp. Once you've got about ten good presets dialed in, this pedal can be trusted at every gig.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

RP55 - nice sounds - too noisy

I owned it - had to send it back. Needed a pedal tuner - bought this for that purpose plus added FX. Loved the internal sounds - but - unit is noisy - even...Read complete review

I owned it - had to send it back. Needed a pedal tuner - bought this for that purpose plus added FX. Loved the internal sounds - but - unit is noisy - even in bypass mode. Low amp volumes, not a problem. However, when playing with band at stage volume (Marshall on about 50% volume) very audible background noise/hiss between songs. Had to send it back and find upgrade to quieter product. Praise to Musician's Friend for their return policy.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

tone machine

By groove man

from Columbus, OH

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      The RP-55 has the potential to enhance the tonal quality of any knowledgable guitarist. This is especially true when this pedal is used IN STEREO! The output jack delivers true stereo separation when connected to two channels on a mixer (panned left and right) or two amps. You've got to know what settings favor your particular amp and guitar(s) too. Also, make sure each individual preset level and the master volume level are properly balanced. You don't want any excessive output differences between presets. Compare your amp's dry signal level (pedal bypassed) with the level of the pedal when it is turned on. Your presets should NOT be too much louder than your amp. Pickups a little noisy? Set the noise gate to G3 and don't go too heavy on the compression. Lastly, you don't have to use one of the amp models for every preset. Try using the pedal's effects with the amp modeling off. That way you can hear the effects with the natural sound of your amp. Once you've got about ten good presets dialed in, this pedal can be trusted at every gig.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Decent Little Pedal for the $$$

      By Chick Mag

      from Champaign, IL

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      Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      It's great for practice and it is very easy to use. 40 user presets is great too. Could possibly be used live but you would have to dial in a preset for each song. Overall, it's great for practice and recording. Buy something nicer for live though.
      11 Amps and 20 effects? Not too shabby at all on this little box. Built in tuner is worth the money, then throw in the effects? Great features.
      I've had mine for a year and a half and it's still going strong (Thru a few drops too, I might add)
      Great for the price. I cant really complain here.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Stuff!!!

      By FluxDeluxe

      from Indiana

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      Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      Great affordable unit! Yes you can tune your guitar on this pedal thats what I use it for mainly and recording. There isnt all that noise I see mentioned from other reviews prior to me buying!!! So if you know how to dial in your effects volume levels and sound (most don;t from my xp) you can have a crunchy clean sound to a light to clean crisp sound. All effects single to multi fx I have used have pros and cons but really the cons are just picky preferences. Great pedal and a steal of a buy. Learn to dial in effects and sound before you claim any view!! ROCK ON!!

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good deal and product.

      By DZ

      from Melbourne, Fl

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Everything
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I have had this model for 3 years and used daily. Take care of it and it will last. If you have an amp that has no rock and roll soul, this processor will give it what you need. You'll just have to find the sound you're looking for in this Pandoras' box. I ran it through an older Create double stack that was in good condition and WHAT a differance. Beware,..... it does boost your power and gives you more head room. If your equipment can't handle it, dial down about 2/3's or half volume. I've since bought other Digitech products. The price is right, most music stores can't match MF....

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An Nice Set of Effects

        By k0re0

        from South Boston, VA

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        Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I use this pedal constantly, as it serves its purpose well. I mostly just wanted a cheap pedal with an adequate Wah effect when I bought this, but instead got a nice pack of modifiable effects. There are actually two Wah settings built in (Wah and Enveloped Filter) that can be combined to create a nice, thick Wah sound, and even combined with some further effects. There are nine levels on intensity for most of the effects, while the rest have nine different variations of the effect (i.e. the pitch shifter has 9 different pitches, rather than 9 levels of intensity). It has a weak distortion effect, but this can be combined with your amp's distortion for an interestingly crunchy sound. A good buy.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Well worth the money

        By Jeff George

        from Detroit, MI, USA

        Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        The chorus and flanger is good. The spring reverb is awesome. The amp models are pretty good also. If you like lots of distortion, this will suite your needs. If you play totally clean, this will also suite your needs. It's pretty versatile.
        Plenty of effects. I personally do not know a player that would use all 8 at once. The single coil option sounds true and real. There are lots of tones this thing can generate.
        The buttons on my RP50 fell off after 10 years. This one looks like it's built the same. Other then that, these are USA made.
        At this price...it's a bargain.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great FX pedal

        By KGMinn

        from St Paul, MN

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          I bought this for my son and it's great. Excellent FX, nice variety. Very easy to custom program your own sounds. We set up about a dozen custom settings, which was real easy, and they sound great. An excellent multi FX pedal, great price. Highly recommend to anyone.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The only pedal I bought

          By RP55WARRIOR

          from Menomonie, WI

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          Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          It was hard to find a pedal I liked at all, and I tried seriously 40 pedals (not super cheap ones either), so i decided to try this after listening to some sound demos. It's awesome! This is one versatile pedal, it works for almost any style of music from blues all the way to metal. Only style it doesn't do particularly well at is punk rock, but it works ok for that. You can get almost any sound you want out of it and it'll match the guitar sound in a song you want to play, it may take a while to find the perfect sound though. All the effects work great and you can adjust the sound to your liking. It's built pretty good for a $50 multi-effect. Only problem is the battery compartment is hard to get the batteries in-it has no springs. It also uses the batteries very fast.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for Turning that Cheap SS Amp into something decent.

          By Al-wbz3d

          from Missouri

          See all my reviews

          Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          Great pedal, for a small bit of cash you can turn that cheap beginner amp into something nice, I haven't tried this on a tube amp yet, so I can't say, but It makes my used Fender FM212R sound like a decent usable machine. Country to Metal, this pedal makes it happen.
          Effects, amp modeling, ability to use multiple effects, headphone out, Expression pedal input, and a lot of fun.
          Been playing on it for about a year and a half, no issues, except when batteries go dead, does weird things. Batteries last forever but when you have to replace them, it takes 6 AA's, buy a wall adapter for it.
          Nice price, if you want an expression pedal model though, you'll get more effect and a pedal for te money.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Had one for years; bought another!

          By Daddyowe

          from Sumter, SC

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          Pros

          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

            Been playing since the 60s / British invasion days. Finally bought one of these about 7 or 8 years ago. Took me this long to wear it out, so I ordered another. Great little unit to sweeten your amp up. I had several tones dialed in to my old one. Hope to emulate that again on this one. Can't beat the price!

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            More useful than you'd think.

            By Realmofreal

            from KY

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            Pros

            • Cab Models Are Decent
            • Can Be Used With Fx Loop
            • Compact Design
            • Drum Machine
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Low Price
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • Horrible Amp Modeling
            • Limited Eqing
            • No power supply included

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Beginner To Intermediate
            • Drum Machine Practice
            • Home Studio
            • In An Fx Loop
            • Minimize Big Pedal Board
            • On A Low Budget
            • Performances

            Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

            I got this through another vender on sale. Musician Friend would of match the price, but I couldn't talk to an operator at the time so I got it elsewhere.

            Digital FX aren't always the best, but sometimes they can come in handy. I currently use a 7 band EQ as a signal boost through a Blackstar HT-40 and a noise gate. Both of these are in front of my amp.

            I'm not a big fan of most guitar FX, but there are a few I find useful that I could use through the FX loop on my amp like the extra noise gate, compressor/substainer, the extra 3 bands of EQ(though I wish it had a little more), digital delay and amazingly the drum machine. The cab emulation is pretty decent, but I didn't care for the amp modeling. Since I already have a great sounding amp why bother using any? I use it to enhance my amp's sound rather than mask it with a ton of useless and over processed FX.

            A few cons.
            No AC power adapter.
            No USB port for recording which is no problem for me since I use my amp's emulated out into an Lexicon Alpha USB interface. That work much better because most low end digital processors have poor latency time with reording and tend to lag even on decent computer systems.
            Not the best construction. No big deal because I'm using this through an FX loop so I'm not using the foot switches to change my sound constantly. I have a couple saved presets that work with both channels of my amps so I can just change it when I do a new song and use in amp's footswitch instead. Hope this makes sense lol. I try to keep my layout simple.

            This isn't a product I'd recommend for a musician doing profession recordings nor to gig with, but it's something to do simple recording with, runs very well through an FX loop, very compact, drum machine for practising and writing songs and very affordable for someone that doesn't want to break the bank yet needs a simple FX unit for simple tasks.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A lot of value for the money

            By Curtis Strange

            from Thomaston, Georgia, USA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              This unit is a good sounding, compact unit that even runs on batteries if necessary. Its affordability is an added bonus. You get a lot of quality for the money with this effects unit.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              excellent for beginners

              By rob

              from shirley new york

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                before u buy a expensive one try these, if u a beginner and just want to rock your guitar in your free time. u will be surprise what this little device can do.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice pedal for the price

                By Ben

                from Chula Vista, CA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                    Nice pedal for the non pros...lots of effects.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Almost Perfect... Almost.

                    By Danno

                    from Allen, TX

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Good Selection Of Effects

                    Cons

                    • No 'power' Switch

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                    Good unit with very usable factory patches. The lack of on/off switch is a hassle, requiring the unit to be unplugged when not in use. Built-in drum machine makes a sweet practice tool.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Fun little tool

                    By ChucK2113

                    from Indianapolis, IN

                    Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                    This processor is just pure awesomeness. I bought this because i needed multiple effects and i didnt have the money to go hog wild on multiple pedals. It puts a heavy distortion, nice cleans, and dirty blues tones. Its also built like a tank, even though its made from plastic. All around its a good little pedal, cheap, reliable, and produces good sound.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    worth every penny

                    By mike a-s-LO0

                    from portsmouth,va

                    See all my reviews

                    Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                    Very easy to use, a great update to the original model,sturdy and good looking.Sounds great at home,possibly for light gigging.

                    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    RP55 - nice sounds - too noisy

                    By Buzzhooper

                    from Hartsville, SC

                    See all my reviews

                    Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                    I owned it - had to send it back. Needed a pedal tuner - bought this for that purpose plus added FX. Loved the internal sounds - but - unit is noisy - even in bypass mode. Low amp volumes, not a problem. However, when playing with band at stage volume (Marshall on about 50% volume) very audible background noise/hiss between songs. Had to send it back and find upgrade to quieter product. Praise to Musician's Friend for their return policy.

                    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    I really like it, but....

                    By musicken

                    from Lancaster PA

                    See all my reviews

                    Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                    The reviews have pretty well described the good stuff, and there's a lot of good stuff, especially for the price. That said, it's weakness is how touchy the foot switches are. Doesn't take much pressure to change the effect number. Twice in performance I've had my guitar cable lay across one of the pedals and the weight/pressure of the cable changed the number on me. My only complaint, though

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    really cool

                    By DRG

                    from Missouri

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about DigiTech RP55 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                      I really like this. I own the RP50 and there really isn't much difference between the two as far as I have found. Go ahead and order the power supply with it as these burn through batteries.

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