Dylan Posted December 10, 2003 Share Posted December 10, 2003 About 8 months ago I bought a Line6 Flextone II Plus Combo in hopes that it would be a good amp with recording features. From what I could tell, it seemed to be essentially a Pod Pro with a power amp and speaker. At first I was really happy with the amp, as it had a wide arsenal of tones and was easy to dial in what I was looking for. I later added the Floorboard controller and an extra 1x12 cab for a bit more umph and better control. Ive gigged a ton with the amp and its been 100% reliable, but there are a few things that Im not totally sold with. First, the amp tends to have way too much low end. So much that I usually have to roll off most of the low EQ. This happens with all of my guitars, but especially with my humbucker-equipped models (SG, LP). My second gripe is that the XLR recording outputs pretty much sound like ass when I go line into to my audio interface (Echo Mona). The D.I. seems OK when used live fed into a P.A. and set to the Live setting, however. But for recording, the outputs seem much too noisy and the sound is thin. Ive tried different cables including Monster to see if it helped but it didnt. Another gripe is that its pretty much impossible to get a true clean sound out of the amp. Not to mention the total lack of dynamics with clean sounds. Not having much money (especially enough for a new amp) I decided to give a Johnson J-Station a try based on the glowing reviews on Harmony Central since Musicians Friend is blowing them out at only $100. Like the Line6, my initial impressions were great. The sounds seemed good when just playing by myself, especially when used with reverb and another effect. But like the Line6, this unit has way too much low end by default on all of the presets. But unlike my Flextone when I roll back the Low EQ it affects the mid-range severely. I tried recording with the J-Station over the weekend on a project is essentially finished sans guitar. As soon as I cut off the effects and reverb from the J-Station all of the life went away from the sound. Its essentially flat as hell. Im starting to give up on digital when it comes to getting guitar sounds. Im sure that there are better and newer sounds available, but I doubt its worth it. In the short time that Ive had my amp Ive watched it depreciate more than any other piece of gear that Ive owned. Im tempted to e-bay all of it and get some type of tube amp setup. Ive already owned several tube amps including a Fender Hotrod Deluxe, Fender Twin, Reverend Hellhound Half-stack, and others that I wasnt ever completely satisfied with. Im not gigging much at the moment, so I could probably get away with an amp thats geared more for recording than live use. One problem is that I dont have a decent room for micing my amp, which is why going direct has always appealed to me so much. Im just not convinced that any direct tools exist that can faithfully represent the dynamics and style of my playing, especially when it comes to clean sounds. I probably wont get more than $500 for all of my Line6 stuff, plus the $100 that Ill get when I return the J-Station. So $600 is probably going to be my initial budget, which I know isnt much but its all I have to work with. The Carmen Ghia and Univalve come to mind as heads that I could probably get within this price range used plus the cost of a cab. Any other recommendations? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.