When I went to buy this I also looked at the Johnson MIllenium. I settled on this one because the controls react like the amp modeled once you set the Line6 up. I own many of the amps modeled. They are very close to the actual amps, but lack soul and transparency. The ral amps allow the guitar's character to show through. This amp tends to color the sound too much.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $750.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Amp modeling and tube emulation
Rotary control knobs
128 factory presets
128 user presets
100 watts solid state stereo
24 bit onboard effects
I use both single coil and humbucker guitars with this one. My musical genres range from country and blues to progressive music. This allows a lot of variety in amp tones
It was fine when I bought it but there are better emulator out there now.
There is quite a bit of noise when the amp idles.
Very peogrammable but it has a difficult interface. Once I understood what was happening under the hood I could dial in the sounds I wanted and save them for easy retrieval later.
Although I know of others who have had trouble with this amp, I myself have been lucky. I don't gig it, though. I have stage amps for the riggors of playing out.
Honestly, I was after the Roctron amp modeler and bought this one because I absolutely couldn't find the Rocktron. I've been completely satisfied with this amp and was able to put my old, heavy rack in mothballs. With the footswitch, this amp is a fantastic investment.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $900.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Grandma's Music
Completely programmable...lots of amp models, lots of effects. Solid state electronics. Definitely loud enough. The tones are absolutely fantastic, though there are significant volume variations between models. Really wish it had an effects loop and XLR outs...
Use live in a modern rock situation. Flexibility is very, very nice. Really have to watch for low-end "Flubber" when programming, but it's controllable. This amp is well suited for just about any style.
Really better read that manual!
I accidentally dropped it the day I bought it and about died. The amp was absolutely fine....
I checked out Marshalls, Fenders, Crates, marathons, a Johnson Millenium, a Blues cube.....It's damn near impossible to be everything to everyone, but this amp comes pretty damn close. The engineers at Line6 have done themselves proud. they could certainly make this amp better if they had a Keg tap or slapped a pair of woman's ***'s or a **** on the front of the amp, but then I would never leave the house ;)
I understand they have come out with a 300W head for pros.
Price: $800.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This is one amazing amp! The amp simulations are terrific as well as the effects. There are many parameters that you can tweak....some of which aren't available on the original amp/effects models. You can go direct into your soundboard when recording,the speaker emulator automatically engages to make it sound like you're "pushing air", even at low levels. Hard to believe you can get a nice tube sound with a chip.
I use this amp with Fender Strats, a 1957 Gibson ES175, a Custom Ibanez, and a Special Edition Lotus Explorer. All sound terrific with the amp. I like the acoustic simulator(4 different acoustic patches). In comparing it to other tube amps: I had a beautful Fender Bassman - The Bassman Patch on this is so close it's scary!
Just go to a guitar shop and screw around with one - the hours will pass like minutes.
Not only can you edit patches easily, you can go to the Line6 wegbsite and upload and download patches right into your amp! No my friend, I sh*t you not!! I backed up all 256 patches to my hard drive just in case the chip ever fried.My amp was actually upgraded to the ax212 - It took me a half hour to complete the surgery. It comes with a really easy to understand manual which gives some really interesting explanations of how some of the effects work and how they emulate them.
I've knocked the hell out of this amp, taken it apart and upgraded it, left it on accidentally for days at a time - It works flawlessly.
I highly recommend this amp.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $1025.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music (price paid includes Floorboard)
More than enough to satisfy anyone wanting to tweak for days.
The TubeTone digital modeling technology is great. The range of sounds are enormous, given a little tweaking. The amp is also VERY loud. Most of the comments I have read state most users never go higher than 5. I cranked it to 7 and my bass player said he could feel his skin vibrate.
The built in 24-bit effects are good too. The unit features a tuner and the Floorboard easily connects via a single 10BaseT cable with RJ45 connectors at the ends. Plan at least a day to get acquainted with the amp and all the parameters.
Seems sturdy enough given the 2 weeks I've had it.
It is a little heavy (no more than an old Marshall head).