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The next generation in modeling amp sophistication!
The Line 6 Flextone III XL 2x12 Stereo Combo Amp delivers 32 classic amps and power to spare. Designed for guitarists seeking the warmth of tube tone coupled with modeling flexibility. The XL Combo delivers 150W stereo to dual 12" custom Celestion speakers and includes 12 premium effects models, 16 mix 'n' match speaker cab options, stereo XLR out, and 4 user-programmable channels (36 with the optional footcontroller - See the accessory box on this page) for instant storage of the tones you create. MIDI capability for deep editing and access to Line 6 Tone Transfer Library.
Flextone III XL 2x12 Stereo Combo Amp
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Most Liked Positive Review
Best practice amp ever!
For those of you that think modular amps suck.... Let me start by telling you that I currrently own a Marshall JVM410H with 1960 cabs, a Mesa Boogie Mark IV with several...Read complete review
For those of you that think modular amps suck.... Let me start by telling you that I currrently own a Marshall JVM410H with 1960 cabs, a Mesa Boogie Mark IV with several Rectifier cabs, a Marshall JCM800, a Pignose 30 and several other amps so I have a very broad base to compare this amp to and let me tell you this is my favorite practice amp .... After buying this amp and messing around with it for several days, I was amazed at all the different tones and options that this amp has to offer. The clean channel is crystal clear (try it with the compressor switch on and a MXR dynacomp plugged in!), the amp and cab selections are very close to the real thing (aside from the total volume available in a stadium or outdoor venue). This amp is loud though (don't get me wrong!) and can power up a 4x12 cab no problem.... it just won't sing at 5000 decibles like all tube stacks will! (LOL) But it does do an excellent job of imitating the sound of the all tube amps it was modeled after.The sustain and distortion is also truly awesome and overall I was extremely surprised and very, very satisfied with this purchase (and I highly recommend it)! If you don't need several 100 watt tube heads and stacks and stacks of 4-12 cabs behind you, then this is the only amp you will need. It will do it all and you can simply just throw it in the car and go!! I think that this amp is perfect for everything from bedroom practice to playing clubs but don't think you can play a live outdoor concert with this amp... not if you play loud heavy rock or metal . You need the big boys toys for that! That being said this is the perfect amp for everyone from a beginning guitarist to a gigging musician (clubs) and it WILL give you more tones than all my other amps combined (and it also eliminates the need for most of your stomp boxes at the same time which is another plus!). The chorus, tremelo, reverb, delay and all the other gimmicks are great and combined with the amp/cab options give you a huge arsenal of tonal capabilities!! You can also get great tones at very low volumes in your room so your wife (or mother) doesn't turn into a screaming manic ready to slit your throat!I wish I had this amp when I was a kid!! This would have been a keeper for sure! Way to go line 6, I'm thoroughly impressed!! Save yourself some money, get this amp and a Line 6 FBV short board (or long board) and get your Marshalls and Mesas later on when your band goes finally goes on tour. You can slo record with this little amp... it does so much for so little $$$This little amp rocks!!!!!!!
Most Liked Negative Review
very digital sounding
I purchased the Line-6 because i wanted a versatile sounding amp with all the effects built in. I also own a Mesa-boogie. The "Recto" emulation settings of the...Read complete review
I purchased the Line-6 because i wanted a versatile sounding amp with all the effects built in. I also own a Mesa-boogie. The "Recto" emulation settings of the Flextone-3 in no way sound anything like the Mesa-boogie it tries to emulate. In fact just about all the heavy distortions of this Line-6 amp are very shrill to the ear and the harmonics are wrong. I replaced the Flextone-3 with a digital VOX amp and now i am happy with sound. The VOX Valvetronix gets the sound right and closely mimics the real Mesa-boogie rectifier sound. The VOX proves that digital distortion can be good.
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My bass player lent me this amp about a year ago and I have been really impressed with it. I do own a couple of different tube amps and a mountain of pedals, but I find myself coming back to this amp more and more. It does have a somewhat boomy sound, but as someone that likes a bassy tone, it's not a problem for me. It has a really big sound for being just 2 12's. Obviously modeling amps still have a long way to go before they will accurately represent the amps their modeling. That being said, if you want an amp with a ton of different tones and effects, this might be for you. It is very easy to get good useable tons without spending much time tweaking.
I have owned this amp for almost three years, and the effects are fantastic. It's loud enough for small venues and the effects are versatile enough for any playing style. I have used it for metal shows, rock shows, jazz concerts, etc. This is a terrific amp for the price. It has never let me down and I would strongly recommend it for anyone who wants quality sound that regularly tours small venues.
I gig weekly, and this amp is the only constant in my rig. I use 335s, LPs, and a Tele for guitars, and few pedals (a delay and a distortion on occasion). If you are looking for a versatile performer that is built like a tank, this is a winner on all counts. Now for technical stuff...Models are generally good - I prefer the Fender models (65 Twin, Blackface, Bassman, etc) and the Vox models, but the Marshalls (especially the JTM45)and Mesas are good also, just not really my thing. The effects are OK, but if you are really into textures and delays/reverbs, consider some pedals. A warning on overdrive pedals, too - this amp does not really like my Tubescreamer, not sure why. Distortions, though, work like a charm, as do fuzz pedals.I love the fact that I can be cranking along with a dimed 65 Twin, and then blast over to a JTM45, and then end with a Vox chime... bang for the buck is unbelievable. If you only need to have 1 good sound, then this might not be for you. If, like me, you need lots of good tones that are easy to access, then grab this and a Shortboard - you'll be set.A note for the church musicians out there - I lead worship at my church a lot, and play every Sunday morning. This amp is killer for this kind of gig, too - you can control your volume at reasonable stage levels, get a great clean or drive... this amp is even better for us than it is for bar bands.
I bought this amp previous summer and I am extremely satisfied with the sounds I get.Really a crystal-clear sound and a crancked up overdrive/distortion.And if you want to, you can get some real over-the-top-effects!!!The only reason why I gave 'Value' a 4.5 is becouse I bought it for 800 Euros and that's a lot of money for me. :)Definatly to be recommended for blues and rock players!!!
I'm mostly a bass player. Primarily studio work--2nd call guy and some production. I play out to supplement my income, usually as a sub. I got a medium-term rhythm guitar gig a few months back with a cover band. The house amp is a flextone III. At first I hated the amp, then the sound guy taught me a few things. I'm amazed at what this thing can do. What do you want? It can give it to you! There's a sharp learning curve here and it takes some work, but it's worth it. Most versatile amp I've ever played!
I have to say that this is a great amp, although I paid quite a bit more (~$300)for it in May 2003. I agree with the others that it may take a while to tweak the sound that you prefer, but the problem could be that there are so many to choose from. The only rating I gave less than 5 was quality because of some booming that is pretty tough to get rid of on some model combinations. You also GOTTA have the shortboard or the amp does you no good gigging. This amp has been very dependable and everything is the way it was when I first got it, even the cable to the shortboard. I love my flextone III in combination with my american deluxe tele and BBE sonic maximizer(this really brings the amp to life).
This is an amp that has SO many settings and possible tonal variations that in amateur hands, it is just as likely to sound bad as good. Also, most people know jack squat about how modeling works and how to tweak these amps. Educate yourself. Read the manual and go on various forums. Learn HOW to use this powerful beast. There IS no better value for money amp out there.
Too start with this amp is built like a tank but is lighter than any tube amp I've used. The amp takes alittle time to dail in( not the type of amp to pull out of box and go giging that night with)but if you spend the time this amp will do everything listed and more. If your the type who needs more than 4 presets you will what to buy the pedal also the amp isn't very user friendly live without it. The more I learn about this amp the more this amp impresses me. Great job Line 6 for making this tube amp lover a beliver.
A lot of people have said that they are unsatisfied with this amps tone but I must stress, IT'S NOT A TUBE AMP. If you want that blues, dirty sound, buy a tube amp. If you want strong heavy metal, Randall-like sounds and some good cleans this is the amp for you. I wasn't blown away by most of the effects but the delay and reverb were great and fully adjustable. The fellow who says that this amp feeds back should've utilized the noise gate and/or compressor, both of which are also adjustable. At low volume this amp sounds like crap but it's awesome for direct in and live situations. the cab is really vital to getting a nice natural tone. I just wish a 2x12 cab was available.
Well I used this amp in my youth group (crave) because it was the only thing there. It was terible. The feedback was so bad that when I wasn't playing anything I had to turn it off. It sounded better when i was plugged in through the house with my line 6 pod. I would never use this amp again if someone paid me 100$. I would definetly not recomend this amp to anyone. Not even beginners.