The new Line 6 POD X3 Live has come out in the last few weeks, and I have to say I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been looking at “guitar processors” for quite some time, but none of the all-in-one guitar boards really caught my fancy. I have a small digitech pedal with a couple of dozen amp models and the usual array of stomp effects. I play through a Marshall Valvestate 100w head with a 4×12 bottom, and I use the pedal through the amp, usually driving a Fender HotRod type signal through the Marshall at about 60%, using an Yngwie Overdrive stomp box for lead. I use a few other pre-set sounds I’ve custom created – but I’ve never been completely happy with the thing.
I play through my rig with a PRS Santana Custom as well as an Ibanez Semi-Hollow body Artcore (my favored one out of the 2). Both guitars are dual humbucker setups. I had purchased an SRV custom Strat earlier this year, but it sounded like total crap through this rig. Rather than buy an additional (or new) amp – I sold the Strat. I have kind of toyed around with the notion of getting a second head for my rig and an A/B switch ala Eric Johnson or SRV. Probably a fender head. Or maybe a Mesa Boogie or other type Class A boutique amp. We’re probably talking about a serious outlay of cash here, and then all the trials and tribulations of getting used to taking care of a tube amp – when I’d been really used to my solid state Marshall that’s been very, very good to me.
Enter the Pod X3 Live guitar processor! It has 78 guitar amp models, and 98 stompboxes. It has two inputs, and you can run in stereo with two outputs. You can run 2 guitars through it at the same time, with different processing for each one. It has a mic input and preamp, in addition to headphone out. You can direct out to a PC and record, or you can forgo an amp altogether, and output your signal right to a powered board! Imagine the possibilities of this thing. I can keep 2 guitars plugged in at once, plug in my mic and add an effect before outputting it to the board, and if for some reason my amp dies, I can direct out to the board completely at any time! Oh – and I didn’t even mention the built in tuner and volume pedal. I definitely have to get one of these for Christmas, and once I do – you can bet I’ll write you a more detailed review of what I’ve been up to with it! Check out the Line 6 Pod X3 Live, it’s some real cool new guitar gear.