Lowdown LD15 review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (15 votes)
Line 6: Lowdown LD15
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Price paid: $ 250

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 9
I use an Ibanez GSR205 and a Peavey Milestone BXP with it. The Ibanez pickups are stock pickups that came with the bass, and same goes for the Peavey. I play almost anything literally, I play Jazz for my school's jazz band, I do covers of soft rock to death metal with my friends. It's just right noise wise for a practice amp/really small gig amp. I have not had any problems with this amp in the 2 years I have owned it. Its clean channel stays clean no matter how high you turn the master volume knob. I use it to make a variety of sounds, from clean, to punchy slap bass, to distorted metal, and it sounds good for all of them. You can adjust the drive on the Clean channel to give it some distortion, although if you really want some good distortion you can put it on Rock and then adjust the drive. My only problem with this is that it's only 15 watts.

Overall Impression — 10
I typically play Rock/Hard Rock, but I play Jazz for my school's jazz band, I improvise some meditational style music for fun, and I also do some heavy metal/death metal with my friends. This amp, Line 6 LowDown LD15, handles those all very well considering its compact size, and only having an 8 inch speaker at 15 watts. I've been playing for 5 years, I have a Peavey Milestone BXP (which I am currently in the process of completely refinishing/customizing and de-fretting) and an Ibanez GSR205, a 5 string bass. It handles the low of the B string fairly well, until the volume gets all the way up, but thats to be expected from a cheap starter bass amp. I have no regrets about buying this amp, it suits my needs very well for right now. If it happened to get lost or stolen, or just die, I would probably upgrade to something bigger, but I would stay with Line 6 most likely. This is a very very good amp for beginning bass players and people who just want a fairly diverse practice amp. I find it very reliable, I would recommend this to anyone who wants a small amp. When looking for a new amp, I tried out several smaller amps, Marshalls, Peaveys, and a few more, I found Line 6 to be the best for its price, and I have not been let down by it yet. It was a good purchase. Although I do wish I went for a higher wattage version of this amp, because right now when I play medium sized gigs I have to borrow my friends half stack, or use my school's 75 watt keyboard amp.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This amp is dependable if you're only using it as a very small gig amp, or a practice amp for your room. It is also very reliable, I have had mine for 2 years and have not had any problems with it.

Features — 8
This amp is a great practice and starter amp. It can get more than loud enough for a home practice amp. It has a decent selection of Preset channels such as, Clean, R&B, Rock, and Grind. I'm not to big of a fan of Grind, but I will admit you can use it to make some heavy sounding songs/riffs. It has a knob to control the amount of drive, as well as knobs to control the Bass, Mids, and Trebles of your bass. It has three built in effects, a "filter" which I don't like what it does, it kind of muffles the sound and makes it sound funny, an Octaver, which, as the name implies, adds to the pitch, another pitch just an octave lower. It also has an effect called Chorus, which is like a wah kinda of effect, just permanently fluctuating with no control over it. What is nice about this amp is that you CAN save your own channel creations over top of one of the preset channels. And you can reset it if you don't want it anymore.

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    Seanstrom
    Kurt1964 : I hope you have better luck with your Line 6 amp, than I had with mine...
    its alright considering its just a cheap introduction into the world of effects for bass. but i'd much rather have an Acoustic brand amp, or a Marshall.