Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Sound — 8
I'm using my trusty SG menace with the brutal stock pickups. I play mostly heavy stuff, but experiment with all the tones. Of course at full grind it's noisy but there's a noise reduction gate in the programming just for that, which works like a champ. The variety of sounds is like a POD which is pretty versatile, but the tube section takes those crappy, stale tones and makes em Bogner worthy. I say that because my friend has a Bogner to similar stature as this amp and he says it sounds good, he's a recording and Live sound guy who knows his stuff. With my Gibson it can get a little raunchy at high volume on clean, which I like, but still pretty clean considering the type of guitar I have. Might not be for Matchless users. Pearly Gates pickups or Tele's would probably sound really good. Considering I've played my guitar, and an EMG equipped guitar the insane and metal setting is pretty damn brutal. Just as good as any pedal in front of a single channel tube amp. Shred and metal tones are easily acheieved. Line 6 says that the crunch setting on the Orange with a certain mid knob tweek will get the EVH "brown sound" (I can't remember which color on the knob, Orange or blue), I think that it could be but Who on this planet can lock down the "brown sound", nuff said. Sounds good recording also.
Overall Impression — 8
For my metal stuff it's good, but I like to play and learn all types of stuff, so for that this amp does the job. I'm not going to give you a biased review because I don't work for or have used line6 but I've had a couple of marshalls, and fenders which I have wrecked from playing forever. But for the price, this is really a good tube amp. I've been playing for 10 years and have played or heard all the good old or new stuff, which is still a dream of mine to own. Ultimately I really like this amp, I wouldn't hunt anyone down if it's stolen because I have such a kick ass guitar (which someone would die if stolen) but it will be my workhorse for a while (live and otherwise). I wish it came with a foot pedal, but hey it's all good. I couldn't afford the Krank, Bogner Ubershall, Mesa anything, and I'm through with Marshalls. If your looking for boutique sound for cheap, just step back because you get what you pay for. I'm rating the overall at 8 beacuse it does what I need it to do, sound and otherwise and the service available lasts for a while, so why not. Anyone Who has not at least tried this amp out should not apply to judge it. Also, if your a tone snob, keep kickin out the uber bucks.
Reliability & Durability — 6
Here's where my problem lies. My first one from Musician's Friend showed up DOA, and the grill was jacked. The replacement I recieved was working fine until I heard this awful noise. Come to find out, the tubes we tweaked from shipping. Line 6 walked me through it, I reset the tubes, everything is gravy. I've had it on the road since then, which has been about a month and no problems. Line 6 is good at their warranty Status no matter who you get it from (they are sending me new tubes to be installed). But it's relative because I couldnt imagine how many times it's gotten bumped, kicked, dropped, or anything else being shipped through the popular shipping companies. There's Sovtek tubes in there and I know for sure that those tubes are bullet proof. I'm giving it a 6 because of the crap I had to go through, but sine that it's hanging in there, I'll let you know.
Features — 7
Well I've had this thing about two months, and compared to amps I've had in the past this has lots of features. Normally I would never buy Line 6 anything but this is cool. The response is good with a couple guitars I play, and the built in tuner is good for goofing, I don't think is super accurate though. You definitely can dial just about any guitar sound in, unless you are sitting on a music room full of boutique amps. Then, of course it would not be up to par. I also like just turning knobs and getting instant feedback. I hate having to navigate menu's to find something. I've also found that there is a bunch of hidden tricks to this amp, like tubescreamer sound, or EVH MXR tones.