Purchased from: Rimmers
Sound — 5
This is where the amp is a great let down, and is the sole reason for me replacing it. When I bought this amp I was much younger and quite naive and thought that it must be good because it can do everything, it cant. The cleans are not great and the lead is very muddy, there is no real crunch to the sound and when playing in a band situation it's hard to decipher each note specifically. I have played my SG, Strat and Ibanez through this amp (all with stock pickups mind) and have failed to get a quality tone from it. I have really tried to get everything from it, a smooth jazz tone, twangy jazz, smooth blues, crunchy rock, scooped metal - I can feel the amp trying to get to these tones but it doesn't quite cut it. It also makes a lot of feedback at high volumes but this is where the noise gate is very effective. As with the tones, so with the effects, they just aren't that great.
Overall Impression — 6
For a beginner Who's just learning to play by all means get this amp but be aware that when you start to look for that great tone you will want to get rid of this amp. Yes, it is loud and has flashing lights but do not let this lead you into believing the sound of this amp is just as flashy. In a way I am sad to see it go as it was my first proper amp but I am also incredibly happy as I do not want to hear those tones every again. I would not buy this amp again, sorry Line 6.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I can definately depend on this amp, it's built solidly and I've had it for about 2 years without anything going worng with it. This amp has been stood on, jumped onto, knocked over, kicked around (all in gig situations) and hasn't failed me. No backups are needed with this amp - it's even been used as a chair for two people at some times when I'm short of furniture, it hasn't broken yet. The dials are plastic but are well fitted and wont come off without a fight and the footswitch is solid metal.
Features — 9
This is relatively recent solid state amp to hit the market and it is loaded with features. It has 4 channels all footswitchable, 6 presets, 7 effects - ranging from phaser to reverb - a master volume, 3 band EQ, and a direct out/headphone jack. It also has a built in tuner, noise gate and channel memory. This amp really has all you could really want bar a seperate EQ for each channel. The footswitch works well with no gaps between switching channels. It has 75Watts of power and I have used it in both bedroom and small gigs, I've never needed to turn it past 1 O clock on the master volume.