A while back I mentioned that I got myself an early birthday present in an Marshall AVT275. It sounded ok in the guitar shop but when I got it home it just didn't do it for me. I think the hybrid half-valve, half-solid state just didn't give me what I wanted. So, I've been looking elsewhere for something to replace it with I'm still under my 30 day return window.

I was watching a guitar lesson on Comcast OnDemand and saw a mention of using a POD from Line 6 to emulate a british crunch sound (aka JCM800) and it sounded pretty good. So I decided to take a look the next time I was in the shop. The sounds were very nice and they included a slew of amp emulations as well as almost every stomp box and mod effect you could imagine.

I was in the shop looking at them when the guy working the accessories department pointed me to their newest model, the PODxt Live.

Features at a glance:

  • 80 stompbox and studio effects
  • 36 classic and modern amp models
  • 24 cabinet models
  • 128 presets
  • dedicated stompbox on/off switches
  • combination wah/volume/tweak pedal
  • tap tempo/tuner switch
  • expression pedal input
  • stereo 1/4-inch analog outs to feed to amp or line inputs
  • headphone out - it sounds GREAT just through the head phones
  • aux input for CD/MP3 player or drum machine
  • MIDI and USB connnectivity for digital IO
  • Custom editing using the free GuitarPort software.

I've only played with this for a few hours but I've been able to emulate sounds from Les Paul, Eddie, Stevie Ray, Jimi! And, it shounds just as good through my old FenderÂTwin Reverb (all valve amp) as it does through the new Marshall.

I'mÂfarily sure the Marshall is going back to the shop and I'll stay with the PODxt Live.Â

I know I'm going to hear it from someÂdie-hards out there that this will never replace an all-tube marshall, or boogie, butÂforÂsomeone whoÂdoes this for a hobby, it's a great option (and a great price forÂwhat you get!).