When the first POD Line 6 came out many years ago, it was the buzz in the guitarist community. An “amplifier modeling” unit which digitally simulates guitar amplifiers and cabinet models. It was very impressive than but I somehow felt that it had room to improve on. And back than it wasn’t even available in Malaysia.
Today Line 6 products have improved many folds and last year I got myself the Spider IV 30 Watt. For a home user like me it serves me more than enough. It’s fun, it’s LOUD and no more messy patch cables to run through all the stomp-boxes that I usually use.
But after messing on it for about 3 months, I started to miss the “tube sound” and some sounds that I got from certain stomp-boxes. And almost all of the Line 6 amps won’t play nicely with stompboxes or other multi-effects for that matter. It’s just a stomp-box killer!
I still have my old trusty Marshall Valvestate 8080 with me that I can run through all of my stomp-boxes and multi-effects smoothly. But than the Marshall “tube” had to be replace too as it’s almost 20 years old and is starting to loose clarity and volume output. Come to think of it, that was one of the reasons that (more…)