Flextone III Plus review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (43 votes)
Line 6: Flextone III Plus

Price paid: C$ 800

Purchased from: Just Music

Sound — 8
Iv used a Dean Vendetta Revenge on this amp..well my did anyways and the sound quality was good... not freakishly amazing for the metalish music he was playing but it was good none the less. The guitar I play is an Epiphone Vintage G-400, the bridge pickup is a hot-b Gibson humbucker and the neck humbucker is a '57 classic Gibson humbucker..the rest of the spects can be found on the guitars review on this website..I personally think the amp produces great sound with this guitar as I have been able to manipulate it to play just about anything. (Metal, punk, clean jazz/blues, bossa nova, country, rock) you name it, you can probably play it. I haven't really had any problems with fuzz... the clean channels are very good I haven't had any problems with them distorting out, and the distortion this amp comes equiped with (insanse, treadplate, etc.) all work exceptionally well. This amp is great to crank up and rock away on for hours.

Overall Impression — 9
I play many styles of music from blues to metal, soft accoustic to screaming electric. And I have to say that this amp here is good enough for me to cover them all. I'v been playing for about 5-6 years now and this is the first large amp I have ever bought. I've played a few Live shows with it already in front of a crowd of eh maybe just over a hundred and I would have to say it definatly holds it's own. Of course it's not going to be the best amp in the world for those intense guitar players Who specialize in a certain genre of music but for those Who just love to get out there and have a good time it's a great amp to purchase. It has a boatload of different settings and features that you can combine and save onto your 4 channels and Switch when needed using the handy floorboard. My only grievance is that there aren't enough preset buttons to hold all the combinations I want so sometimes I'll have to erase on to make room for another and that gets mildly annoying. If this amp was stolen or lost I would be morbidly depressed for a while... I might not buy the exact same amp again because I'm slowly sinking into playing one genre of music so I would probably find an amp that is more specific to my needs but I'm in no way saying this amp isnt worth the buy.

Reliability & Durability — 8
I have used this amp for many a gig without bringing a back up. The only thing that has acted up on the amp for me was the volume knob..it still is kind of strange..I think I might have set it down too hard or knocked it up against something but the amp for a little while would have the volume on max even though the master knob was turned off. It seems to have fixed itself now however..So I have no clue what was wrong with it but other than that I have had no problems with this amp in any way shape or form..It's always been good to go whenever I need it.

Features — 9
I play many different styles of music, I have met many musicians from different genres of music from metal to country and I like to learn bits and peices from all of them. This amp allows you to play whatever the flavor of the week happens to be. The amp comes equiped with 4 different channels which you can Switch in between using the pedal or floorboard which you have to buy seperatly. It has more features than you can shake a stick at. Many you will probably never use but if you do need something like a phaser or chorus, then it'l probably have it. Since I don't exactly have the amp here with my I can't recite all the effects and amp models off by heart but it has enough to satisfy almost any guitarist. I have used this amp at school, In my recording studio at home, During all the Live performances my band has played (highschool, battle of the bands contests, opening for stone house in front of a hundred or so people) and it definatly has enough power to rock the house down. This is over all a great amp. I know it's only an amp that can 'imitate other amps' and so it obviously wont sound as good as the origional amps themsevles but they sound damn close enough for any novice/intermediate guitar player.

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    Weybl Himself
    slashrock94 wrote: 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 ! I'm more concerned that he thought it beat a XXX.
    Hell I'd even take a JCM2000 over this thing. But yeah, the XXX, although not the greatest amp in the world, still sounds far far better than any modeling amp.
    After 3 or 4 different modelling amps, a pod, a floor pod etc.I went and bought a 2266C vintage Modern Marshall. Its the real deal and the sound I was after,if you want tone, you gotta spend the money, otherwise, your just emmulating.
    ^ but sometimes you want such a range of tones it'd be stupid to buy that many amps to cater for it for example i play metal to blues to jazz to flamenco so a wide range is more important to me
    ive only used this amp 3 times at school and it rocks! ive only got a fender bullet 150 amp and the flexitone kicks ass, i cant wait to save enough money to buy one. has lots of grunt and heaviness