If you are looking for a fun headphone practice tool that can do an adequate job of simulating various tones, this is for you. I wouldn't record with it though. There is no substitute for a real tube amp and pedals.
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This is the old version of the pod, so no ethernet jack which would have been nice, the LCD display is not as informative as on the XT model pods. AC adapter.
As far as features, this thing is loaded down with just about everything you can think of. Memory to store your custom tones, headphone jack, metronome and tuner, 32 amp models, 16 digital fx - definitely more sound modelling options than most people will ever use. The upgrade to the XT is worth it more for improvements in the user interface than the modelling capabilities.
I've dialled in some pretty close approximations of my favorite artists, but it is never exactly right. It excels simulating the more high gain modern rock sounds, modelling of old tube amp sounds is unconvincing. The effects are wet and the unit is very noisy. Best used as a headphone practice tool, sound varies greatly depending on the type of amp it is paired with.
Ease of Use:
You will need to read the manual, you will probably refer back to it periodically to get a handle on some of the more advanced capabilities. This is not a plug in and play type of effects box. The user interface can take some getting used to, the XT interface and display seems much more intuitive, you will probably lose some good tones that you thought you had stored when you are first getting used to using it.
It's held up well over a couple of years, but I haven't taken it out much. The paint is easily scratched. I would estimate that an average Boss pedal is probably more durable than the Pod.
I chose this unit for its great tone and ease of use. I would defiantly buy another if it was lost or stolen. This unit could be better if it had a built in metronome. My favorite aspect of this unit is the tight sweet tones you get when you record to a computer. I owned a digitech GNX1 and it is a great unit but the POD is much easier to us, and I mean much easier.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $247.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Daddy's Junky Music Store
This is from the Line 6 website.
If you've ever been frustrated trying to get great guitar tones running direct, either live or in the studio, and you want a wide variety of classic and modern guitar or bass tones with convenient to use effects built in - then any one of the POD family will deliver all of this and more.
Line 6's revolutionary A.I.R. Modeling accurately captures the tone and feel of speaker cabinets, microphones, and studio room characteristics for an amazing recorded sound on everything from the most prestigious pro studio setup to a multi-track cassette. Sounds like having a great amp mic'd by a great engineer in a great studio.
A new standard in direct guitar recording, POD is the ultimate guitar direct recording/performance tool with acclaimed Line 6 modeling and built-in stereo effects. Print this page and you can have your own color brochure!
The ultimate guitar Direct Recording tool with acclaimed Line 6 Modeling and built-in Stereo Effects. This baby can also be used as a Tone-shaping front end for any Guitar Amp, Live PA, or with Headphones.
Using a POD Mount, the POD can be secured to a standard microphone stand or slip underneath an amplifier handle.
All POD family products feature:
Award winning Line 6 Amp Models that emulate an all-star collection of legendary amplifiers.
36 user memory locations so that you can create your own customized collection of killer sounds. Organize them to match your set list, your session needs, or any doggone thing you want. After all, it's YOUR POD!
Stereo Balanced or Unbalanced +4/-10 TRS outputs, so you can plug it into anything from your home stereo to a really expensive mixing board.
Separate Stereo Headphone output to keep your neighbors (or your spouse, for that matter) from staging a counterattack when you're writing that first big hit in your apartment at 3am.
Chromatic Tuner, because playing out of tune isn't cool.
Cabinet Tuning Mode. The Amp/Direct switch allows POD to be optimized for different applications. Select Direct when running POD directly into a mixer or recorder. Select Amp when using POD as a tone-shaping front end for another amp. POD delivers several tuning modes for the Amp position, selectable at power-up. For example, by default, POD products for guitar expect to be plugged into the guitar input of an open-backed combo. Other tuning modes allow POD to be optimized for connection to the power amp input of a closed-back system, or into closed-back cabinets.
ToneTransfer Compatibility. Line 6's ToneTransfer Web Library, is constantly expanding. The sounds you collect transfer seamlessly between POD, POD Pro, and Flextone II series amps, so wherever you go, all your sounds can make the trip.
As if all this wasn't enough, we also include the POD Tools CD which contains:
Emagic SoundDiver software (PC/Mac) for expanded feature access via MIDI. You can get at additional effects parameters, do strange things with the wah functions and lots of other fun stuff..
I use a Gibson Les Paul Studio with a Marshall AVT 50 amp. I play mostly metal and blues music. This unit is pretty much suited for any style music. I have owned and used a digitech GNX1 and both are great units but the POD is much easier to use. With some tweaking you can get great sound easily. The sound quality is awsome for recording. I mostly record to my computer using CakeWalk Home Studio XL and have never had a problem.
Take an hour read the manual and the rest is cake. My seven year old daughter uses this unit with no problems what so ever. Its pretty much fool-proof.
The unit is plastic. It is pretty durable, but I wouldn't suggest being too rough with it. Buy the padded storage bag.
I love my POD. It is so nice just to be able to get a variety of sounds without a million peddles/amps/cabinets. I have not tried any other modelers, but this one does what I need it to do.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $269.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center - Hollywood
Nice amp/cabinet emulator for in-line direct recording and practise.
Sounds fantastic, but the patches are not necessarily recorded at the same levels, so it is not particularly useful for live work.
It could be more straight forward to use, but I think they were trying to save on space.
It seems durable enough for home/studio use.
I didn't look at any others, all he hype, reviews, and talk about it made the decision easy. And guss what? It was all true, I really like the unit, It is a great recording tool, and that seems to be my big hobby these days. My favorite aspect of the unit is its size durability, and of course its capabilities. The only complaint I have about it are the model and effects selector switches. They seem a bit fragile, we'll see.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend in Kansas City
The Line 6 Pod - well known for its quality, and versatiity. The unit is AC powered only. It's all solid state and can reproduce almost any amp modeling sound desired.
I am a Les Paul guy, all the way, so that is what runs through it. I have owned it for only a few months, but love to get home and mess with it. The sound capabilities are endless. And I have run it through three different Marshall heads, and I figure it will take a few years to figure out all the souds it is capable of reproducing. I have a Boss ME-30 that doesn't even come close to this, but it is really an altogether different type of unit.
I have yet to use it's full capabilities, but from what I have done with it, recording and actual live playing situations, it is quite easy to use. Has allot of level controls, but that is to be expected. As far as knobs and switches, it really is not overloaded.
This thing is only about 10 x 8 inches and 2 inches deep, but it feels like you could throw it a mile and it would not feel a thing :)
Very heavy plastic construction !!
I really like this kidney shaped sound machine, I would definitely buy it again if I lost it. Pound for pound I think its the best thing going for the money.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $250.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mar Music
Every thing but a Harmonizer I really couldnt ask for more. A great feature with this unit is if you have a midi in/out you can add and change amps / effects. It comes with an AC adapter, which I was surprised to see.
I was just blown away... it has some many sounds and they sound so good. I've been searching for a while to get a sound (On my budget) that I really like and I hadn't found it until I grabbed this little sucker.
I made a little recording of one of the presets 89 Soldano SLO Super Lead Overdrive, this recording is strait from the POD to my computer no amp. If you want to hear what the POD sounds like just go to my homepage (click on my name) and listen to it.
It's easy if you work with what they give you, but it gets a little hairy once you start to mess with the software package.
I don't need any other effects, I can put my Hughes and Kettner RedBox and my Boss Chorus and Delay aside.
A good idea would be some kind of plugin card for other effects.
I would buy the POD 2 again and wouldn't buy any other at this time.
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Jellinghaus Music Center Dortmund
The Floorboard (at least FB4) should come with any POD 2.
If you use the POD 2 for recording you can switch channels by hand maybe, but on stage or rehearsal you don't have the time to switch by hand while playing.
Maybe a midi cable should come with it.
I use the POD 2 at home for practicing with a headphone or otherwise with a tube poweramp. Both are out of any criticism. Just Great.
Comparing this unit to other devices, especially midi, the POD 2 is really easy to use, even if you don't read the volume you can get it to work and create good sounds.
I don't know how it will behave when it's more than a year old. For now I like to say the plugs between the POD 2 and the Floorboard (FB 4) don't look (just look) very durable (like telephone plugs). I will know more when I put them in and out more often on stage.
I got mine when they were closing out the original versions and subsequently updated it to 2.0 via the freebie Line6 offer. It does more than I thought I'd be using it for. Again, the effects aren't the top of the line but, to give it credit, it wasn't designed to be an effects processor. Most problems I've come across have resulted from folks expecting more out of it than it's designed for. It's not the be-all-end-all, but a tool. Nothing more. Just remember that if and when you're considering it.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $279.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Okay, in layman's terms, it looks like a red kidney with knobs on it. If you haven't heard, seen or read about the POD by now, tell me where you've been so that I can escape too. It has everything it needs to have and there are secrets you can learn in order to access the additional features.
I've used the POD with several electrics, including Les Pauls, Strats, Rhoads Vs, and also with a Takamine A/E and a Charvel A/E and use it either by itself for direct PC recording or live direct to a PA system. I also use it live with a Rivera 2x12 100 watt combo without any problems. The sounds on this thing are remarkable...very, very close emulations of the different amplifiers. Not 100%, but something close to 95% to my ear. Just remember, this thing was designed as an amplifier emulator, not as an multi-effects processor, thus the effects aren't as good as some of them out there, but they do the trick in a pinch. As far as versatility, take a look at Line6's website to see the types of musicians using it...if that doesn't describe versatility, I don't know what will.
I'm constantly finding new tones with the POD and learned how to program it in about a half of a minute. Obtaining a good sound is always so subjective, and if you're anything like me, my "Grail Tone" seems to change regularly, but this thing is easy enough to play with. If you use it with an amplifier, you may work a little harder to dial in your tone but again, the most difficult thing is finding something pleasing to your ear. The only downside I've found so far is that the manual doesn't give you all the information...for the "secrets" you either have download them from any of the numerous sites via the SoundDiver program or do a little research.
I've had mine for about 10 months and have either gigged or used it for recording 3-4 days a week since then. It has it's share of dings and scratches as I didn't feel the need to invest in the optional carrying case, but that in no way detracts from its usefulness. I just like the fact that it has a metal casing and not a flimsy plastic number that'd take a beating from my size 12 boondockers.
I am considering purchasing a Boss GT3 and if I could really afford it a Roland VG-88. The reason being is that these are floor pedals that have alot more effects
to choose from, and you can access them through an expression pedal, and the other built in pedals as well.
I wish the Pod had an acoustic amp models, and an octave.
My favorite aspect of the POD is it's easy use, and how
it emulates the sounds really well. (come on, it's not going to sound exactly like the real thing, but you're not paying an arm and leg either. And if you own a computer, you can do alot of cool things through the
Emagic SoundDiver CD that's included which you can edit, and program sounds. You will need to purchase a MIDI cable to use the program which will cost you about $35.00 but worth it. If you're looking to record your music, and don't want to spend alot. You can even record music through a cake walk program that they have for your computer which is the cheapest method. To sum it all up, the POD 2 is great for simple inexpensive recording, but if you're looking for something that has way more to offer for different affects, go with a floor pedal like the Boss GT3 or Digitech. I plan on keeping my POD 2 and purchasing a Boss GT3 for the may different features. Why not have the best of both.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: guitar center Eugene, Oregon
This is the POD 2 from Line 6. It can emulate 28 different amp models from Marshalls, Fenders, Vox,
Mesa Boogies, and 4 more that Line 6 based sounds on.
Total: 32 in all. the POD 2 comes with an AC adapter.
There are 10 different knobs that control your output level, drive, bass, mids, treble, channel volume, reverb, effects tweak, amp selection, and Effects.
I use an ESP MH-300 electric guitar and a Fender Roc Pro
700 amp. I like the rock and heavy metal sound, and it works great! The best amp model is the Mesa Boogie dual rectifier tremoverb. It will blow you away! Some of my other favorites are the Black panel, small tweed, Brit hi gain, Brit classic, Budda Twinmaster. There are so
many good ones, and only a few that I didn't care for.
It can be noisy depending on which model you choose being small tweeds quieter up to the Modern hi gain noisiest. That's the way Line 6 had it set up. Just remember that when you're switching models. The affects knob is alright, nothing too great. I do like the chorus 1, delay, and the rotary. Flanger 1 is pretty neat too.
The POD 2 is so easy to use. Just plug and play and each
amp model reacts to different turns of the knobs which I think is cool. NOt much fiddeling to get your sound just remember to put in one of the 9 memory banks (each bank can hold 4 different sounds) There are factory sounds that are already input into the POD. You can even plug
in headphones, and shred away without waking the neighbors! You have to hear it for yourself to believe the sound. Truly awesome. Remember too, that your guitar
and amp, will make a difference in sound since the POD reacts differently to each. I will have to try out a different guitar that has classic pickups on it to see the differnce it makes. This is by far an easy device to
use and the manual is really good.(With a few exceptions)
I haven't played live with it, but would recommend the FB4 (floorboard) if I did. That is one of the bummers
since the POD is not a floor pedal, you do have to change settings by hand which is a drawback. I haven't had any problems with it except once in awhile you will hear the digital sound when turning knobs. Hey, what the heck, it beats having to pack around alot of different amps. The body is metal, and very durable.