LowDown LD150 review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (32 votes)
Line 6: LowDown LD150

Price paid: € 350

Purchased from: Key Music Belgium

Sound — 7
I play an Ibanez SRX 590, and I play all sorts of styles: metal, blues, funk, jazz, reggae. The Line 6 Lowdown is not noisy at all. Sometimes, I even forget it is on. The only setting it is a bit noisy is the grind distortion channel. The amp's versatility lacks a bit of colour, but I can get most tones out of it I want.

Overall Impression — 8
This amp suits any genre or any kind of bass player, if you don't have the cash to cough up to buy a Laney or Hartke. I've been playing on it, approximately one hour a day, and it still does it's job well. If it were stolen, I'd probably buy an other amp, because I've got a little more spare money now. A lovely detail about it by the way, is it's furry finish.

Reliability & Durability — 10
As I said before, this is a sturdy amplifier. It has been bumped against, rolled around etc. and it has never, ever let me down. I never gig with a backup amp, just for the simple reason I don't have one. I have done about 20 gigs with it, and never had any problems.

Features — 8
The Line 6 Low Down is a bass amp, that is ideal for starters and advanced players, Who need a sturdy amp with the necessary wattage to gig with, for a reasonable price. Me being a long time guitarist, I started out one year ago playing bass. At first, I was planning on buying a Randall amp, but the sales-guy in my music shop convinced me to buy this one. It is a versatile amp with five different sorts of sounds, and one synth-channel. You can choose between clean, R&B, Rock, Brit and GRIND, the amp's distortion channel. You can store up to four settings in the internal memory of the amp. It's a pity that there's not a foot Switch included to Switch between 'em. Other features include a Headphone jack, an mp3/audio-input and three effects: Filter (auto-wah), Octaver and chorus. (I don't use them alot, except for the chorus sometimes) The nicest feature is the internal tuner, to remain pitch-perfect all the time. The amp has 150 watts power, and it is definately enough to gig in in small venues etc.

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    Great amp, I buyed it with my fender, awesome sound, awesome effects, real funky sounds. I hate R&B, but the R&B style on the amp is funk, awesome for slapping.
    I had the 175 for a year and a half. A lot of good features, and you can get an ok tone out of it. Definitely a solid practice amp. Loved the built in direct out. But for gigging you'd be better off saving up and buying something with better tone.
    I've had my 175 for over a year. Great amp. I play alot of heavy music and I don't take it easy with it. Great for the slowest breakdown or your hard rock riffs. Also I bought the FBV express which helped alot.
    This amp is class. I use the 68 Marshall Super Bass model for my Hofner CT 500/1 and the 74 Ampeg SVT for my J-Bass. The sound is amazing. And it's ****ing LOUD.