Flextone III Plus review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (43 votes)
Line 6: Flextone III Plus
5

Purchased from: SamAsh

Sound — 9
I am using this amp with a 1990 Gibson Les Paul Studio with the stock humbuckers that came with it, and Earnie Ball 10's. This is by far the best modeling amp I have ever played. I play everything from Robert Johson and Eric Clapton style blues to Metallica, and everthing inbetween (Hendrix, Zep, GN'R, Silvertide, Black Sabbath) anything but emo music and screamo and all that nu-metal pop crap. The amp can get very loud, I've gigged with it, and with the channel volume at ten I haven't had to turn the master volume past 4 at a live gig, and I didn't even have to mic this thing. There is viturally no sound when I am not playing thanks to the built in noise gate, the only amp model that gives me sound when I'm not playing is the JCM800 model. I have never had to play this thing past 4 on the master volume live, and the highest I ever turned it up to was 6 and the cleans were loud as hell and still crystal clean. The Fender models do an excellent job with all the clean tones. The distortion on this thing is nasty, the Soldano, and Mesa Boogie, and Randall, and Bogner, and JCM800 and even 2000 models can handle a hell of a lot of distotion.

Overall Impression — 10
This amp is great for any style of music, with the 32 different amp models and 16 different cab models you can shape and mold hundreds of different tones, each with their own unique feel. If you want a versatile amp, this is the amp you want. The only other gear I own is a crappy Marshall MG15 and a Squier Fat Strat. If this thing were stolen I'd hunt down the bastard and take my amp back, and then torture him for making me use my MG to practice on during the time it took to hunt his ass down! When at Sam Ash I played this amp along side the Vetta II halfstack, the Flextone II combo, the HD147, the Vox Valvatronic, and a JCM200 DSL 212 combo, and a Peaver XXX. This thing owened them all. It has a jack for a footswitch that unforutantely I do not own, but now if you buy this amp they give you a free 2 channel footswitch with it.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I have gigged with this amp regulary and never brought a backup amp to the show, this thing is solid, and it can take one hell of a beating. Has never broken down on me.

Features — 10
This is the newest of the Flextone amps, I know this because the first Flextone 1x12 combos did not have a line out for an extension cab (Line 6 sells a 1x12 extension cab for this particular model), and the amp I have does have this line out. Definately manufactured post 2004 at the latest.

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    razzlemacher
    I own this amp. I was looking for a modelling amp - this amp is a hundred times better than the Line 6 Spider series.
    fender&gibson
    "When at Sam Ash I played this amp along side the Vetta II halfstack, the Flextone II combo, the HD147, the Vox Valvatronic, and a JCM200 DSL 212 combo, and a Peaver XXX. This thing owened them all." are you mad ?? thing thing is nowhere near a Vetta II dude! this thing is half the price or less of a vetta !
    MESAexplorer
    Well, for the price of the vetta II, and the fact where you don't get THAAAT many new tones, the Flextone III is a better buy. But I agree, there is no way the Flextone III blows a vetta II away. Personally I prefer the HD147 over all Line6 products because of its tightness and control over heavy distortion.
    sherwood123
    fender&gibson wrote: "When at Sam Ash I played this amp along side the Vetta II halfstack, the Flextone II combo, the HD147, the Vox Valvatronic, and a JCM200 DSL 212 combo, and a Peaver XXX. This thing owened them all." are you mad ?? thing thing is nowhere near a Vetta II dude! this thing is half the price or less of a vetta !
    wow someone doesn't have an ear fore tone.