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Line 6 LowDown LD150 Combo Bass Amp

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A collection of Line 6 bass models in one affordable combo!

The Line 6 LowDown LD150 delivers an incredible array of dialed-in, stage-perfected bass tones with 6 killer bass amp models. It offers incredible sonic flexibility with a modeled vintage studio compressor and critical bass-specific effects. All of that tone is fed into an oversized, high-speed power amp that delivers a truckload of headroom for fantastic articulation and low-end punch through the 12" woofer. 4 programmable channel memories (36 with an optional FBV Shortboard—see accessory box on this page) let you set up your LowDown for the sounds you want. You also get a headphone jack, line in, and a studio-quality XLR direct out with POD-based cab modeling for incredible direct-inject tone. The amp conveniently tilts back for use as a stage monitor.

FEATURES
  • 150W power
  • 1 - 12"
  • Tilt-back monitor design
  • 6 bass amp models: Clean, R&B, Rock, Brit, Grind, and Synth
  • Vintage studio compressor model
  • Bass-specific octave, envelope filter, and chorus effects
  • Oversized, high-speed power amp
  • 4 programmable channel memories (36 with a FBV Shortboard)
  • Headphone jack
  • Line in
  • Studio-quality XLR direct out with POD-based cab modeling
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4.2

(based on 41 reviews)

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Heavy Sound and Construction

I was looking for a 12" combo that covers all the basses (pun strongly intended). I play a variety of situations and styles and looked for a compact all in one...Read complete review

I was looking for a 12" combo that covers all the basses (pun strongly intended). I play a variety of situations and styles and looked for a compact all in one unit, and this comes very very close. The tone is excellent with my Jazz bass as well as my fret-less Rob Allen MB-2. I could dial in any of the pre-set tones and play away depending on the situation. It has enough power for most smaller rock gigs but would go with my more powerful Eden rig for larger venues or out door festivals. However the direct XLR can feed to the main P.A. if need be. Then I experimented with my upright bass not expecting much but I'll be damned if I wasn't able to tweek a usable tone. By starting without any modeling tone and all of the knobs at zero, I fiddled around until I found the sound that I wanted and saved it as one of the four preset tones. I now use it with my upright bass for acoustic and jazz gigs. The synth setting proved to be a challange but with some determination I found it to work quite well and the effects produce just as they should. I was able to also preset a nice tone setting with chorus, very sweet! I was apprehensive at first about the Line 6 products but after actually putting it to use I have to say good job. I feel the LD150 is a great example of a well designed Bass Combo amp. I did take 1/2 point away on the features not because of the weight( a hefty solid package)or the lack of a tweeter( not a fan of those anyway) however I would like to see the possibility of an extension cabinet but then again we are talking about a compact combo. The LD150 is a great combination of versatility in tone and features in a compact unit.

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Line 6 Lowdown 150 - Caveat Emptor

Upon reading reviews on Musicians Friend and some other sites I purchased the Lowdown 150 in December 2008. Out of the box, it sounded great though some of the presets are definitely lacking....Read complete review

Upon reading reviews on Musicians Friend and some other sites I purchased the Lowdown 150 in December 2008. Out of the box, it sounded great though some of the presets are definitely lacking. The Smart Fx Envelope Filter is absolutely unusable though the Chorus effect is pretty decent. The amp simulators are okay. Rock preset is pretty sweet I gotta say.I am a working musician and need to make sure that my gear is reliable and this amp has fallen short on small gigs, rehearsals and as a practice amp no less. The sound/volume seems to diminish the longer you play. For some reason the amp will change presets all on its own. Which has cost me a few dirty looks.. Thanks Line 6! At this time, there is some problem with the amp. It shuts down after being on for about 10 minutes as it heats up. (I take great care of my gear.. never dropped or knocked around).The only thing I have found this amp remotely useful for was practicing with the mp3/cd input, which many other amps come with. Aside from that, I wouldn't recommend this amp to my worst enemy! The warranty is up and I have a forty five pound paper weight in my practice space. The wiring schematics aren't available to the end user. So far, the amp has been taken to a Line 6 repair shop and I still have the same problem. I'm taking it back again. Buyer Beware! The bells and whistles are mediocre at best and the amp itself has been nothing but a headache. Line 6 really needs to work on their bass line for amps. Look into buying another brand.

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1.0

Unreliable Amp-abysmal support

By Bass Brit

from West of Chicago

I have had the Low Down 150 for about 2 years and use it mainly in my studio. Occasionally it gets taken out to a practice.The sounds are mediocre, they do not compare to the many stomp boxes out there, and the low frequency sounds only just fill a small room before distortion becomes too much.The build quality is nice, it feels solid and the controls feel like they could take some punishment.Just recently the amp began to really break the sound up. I contacted Line 6 and was told only a service centre could repair this. As a professional engineer, I don't consider this is acceptable support. Line 6 and I will not do business again.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Line 6 Lowdown 150 - Caveat Emptor

By Bassgirl_Maria

from San Diego, CA

Upon reading reviews on Musicians Friend and some other sites I purchased the Lowdown 150 in December 2008. Out of the box, it sounded great though some of the presets are definitely lacking. The Smart Fx Envelope Filter is absolutely unusable though the Chorus effect is pretty decent. The amp simulators are okay. Rock preset is pretty sweet I gotta say.I am a working musician and need to make sure that my gear is reliable and this amp has fallen short on small gigs, rehearsals and as a practice amp no less. The sound/volume seems to diminish the longer you play. For some reason the amp will change presets all on its own. Which has cost me a few dirty looks.. Thanks Line 6! At this time, there is some problem with the amp. It shuts down after being on for about 10 minutes as it heats up. (I take great care of my gear.. never dropped or knocked around).The only thing I have found this amp remotely useful for was practicing with the mp3/cd input, which many other amps come with. Aside from that, I wouldn't recommend this amp to my worst enemy! The warranty is up and I have a forty five pound paper weight in my practice space. The wiring schematics aren't available to the end user. So far, the amp has been taken to a Line 6 repair shop and I still have the same problem. I'm taking it back again. Buyer Beware! The bells and whistles are mediocre at best and the amp itself has been nothing but a headache. Line 6 really needs to work on their bass line for amps. Look into buying another brand.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good little amp

By RickBass4001-idgjv

from Pittsburgh, Pa

I have been shopping around for a small combo amp for practice purpose and small clubs. I fell into this thing through a nice deal and I have to disagree with some of the negative reviews. I use this thing for gigging and practicing. We use a sound guy with full PA, so I set this little bad boy up next to my wedge monitor and I have a great night. I use the FBV Express pedal with the wah and I'm not dissapointed. It brings out the best in my Rickenbacker, Hofner and I use my P-bass through it. This little puppy thumps. I would buy this again if it were ever stolen..

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I've had it for over 2 years

By B. Vaughan

from DC

I'm a full time musician with a multitude of gigs varying in venue size (small pubs up to large concert halls). This amp has served it's purpose as a small-mid sized venue performance and rehearsal/practice amp. It's very loud with a full and round sound (not punchy, but you can't get so punchy with any cabinet with just one 12 or 15" speaker...for more punch, purchase a 4x10 cab/combo). I paly a variety of basses including a vintage Fender J-bass and an Ibanez ATK, this amp compliments them all well (be sure to use the right inputs). In terms of eq and effects....Both are OK, not great, but enough to get the job done. The only issue I have with the effects is the lack of detailed tweaking. Other features...The aux in is great for rehearsing to your iPod. The headphone output is great for quiet practice. The preset buttons are great for saving your particular presets. The built-in D.I. is great for easy integration into a venue sound system (along with the flip-back feature, it's a great stage monitor for your bass). Would I recommend it? Yes, but not as your only amp if you're gigging in a lot of larger venues. Once you spend a few hours tweaking your tones, this amp can really be a great tool in your arsenal.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Line 6 shoud NOT make bass amps

By Angercustomer1

from Beaver Dam, Wi

It looks great and has great features. But that is about it. Because the quality is PATHETIC. Line 6 is amazing with guitar amps, but not basses at all. I can barely even put the volume up on any bass, low-mid, hi-mid, or treble without it sounded like a huge distortion. I wouldn't recommend this company at all for bass amps. It is all just distorted and not in a good way on the sound.

 
3.0

LD150 Good practice amp but, lousy in the studio.

By Krontab

from Eagan, MN

I had recently purchased a Line6 LD150 in hopes of conserving space in my studio. I found the amplifier to have a good range of sound and it was suprisingly loud for its size. It would be great as a practice amp but it has two drawbacks that caused issues in my studio. First was that when it would warm up a cooling fan would kick in and the noise would come through on the recording when using a microphone. The second was discovered when I ran direct to my recording console out of the XLR line out. 60 Cycle hum was present with the volume at 0. In other words the machine was just too noisy for good recording.

 
4.0

Pretty good...

By TheBigPhoney

from Pittsburgh

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Some of the built in effects are too ridiculous to apply to a real song, but they don't matter much. In the live setting, this amp is louder than s***! Very good for concerts. However, it's near impossible to get it to a good sounding volume level when practicing alone. This amp is only good for someone planning to perform often.

 
5.0

Bang for your buck

By bamf

from Pittsburgh, Pa

This thing is awsome I just wanted something to practice with but it is so much more. its perfect because you can explore an array of sounds. Most any style will sound the way you want. It kicks back to make a rad floor monitor and easily plugs in to the house system if you playing somewhere big... Killer sound that you can take anywhere your friends will envy you !

 
5.0

Flawless!! :]

By MusicRocks1234

from California

This baby packs a punch. I recieved it 4 days ago I was so freakin excited. It felt like christmas recieving this beauty. Everything is awesome you can get the tone and sound you want. Its the best deal I've ever chosen actually I've choosen this amp by instincts so yeah. The amp is heavy but I don't care I'm not complaining about its weight plus I could use the work out picking this thing up. well yeah over all this amp is awesome. It could handle bass slapping when its loud. I might upgrade to the lowdown300 one day. well yeah buy this amp its really awesome trust me, I have no regrets at all...

 
2.0

Wanted to be excited about it, but couldn't

By meev992

from Union City, CA

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don't get me wrong, I'm a pretty fair guy and easy to please. With that said, I was really disappointed in this amps performance:1. Weight:Some have complained of this amps weight. It's actually not too bad. Then again, I'm used to transporting a GK backline 115 combo and a carvin 8x10 to two band practices on every friday.2. ease of use:the knobs feel really stuff and are hard to figure out what position they're at. The effects, I couldn't exactly figure it out. I have my GK combo and within minutes, I was able to figure out all of the features. I feel that it's very important for an amp to be user friendly. This line 6 did not feel user friendly.3. Timbre, performance:This amp was extremely noisy. Even if you ignore the noisy factor. For the power and size, it should be louder. It gets loud, but it sounds very muddy and undefined. it can sound clean, but very quiet compared with other amps in the price range.All in all, this is an amp I wanted to get excited about, i really did. Unfortunately, for the price, I would recommend a Gallien Krueger Backline 115 combo. It's the one I use and the one I trust for playing. In fact, try any other amp in the range...A fender Bassman, a peavey 15 inch combo. I would just seriously not recommend this amplifier if you're spending this much money.

 
5.0

Incredible

By florida bassman

from jacksonville, fl

I bought the Lowdown 150 back in November 06. I play in a worship team at a small church of 150 people. The sound is great, effects terrific. Low and loud, it holds sustain well. The pre-sets are a great idea to save your sound settings. I would get the foot pedal with it so you don?t have to mess with the amp while you play. This size amp is perfect for a small venue. I blow everyone away including the lead guitarist with the stack. It rumbles the walls and most times I am not even put through the mains. They will always be telling you to turn it down. Clean, clear, low, loud. This is the answer without having to buy a bunch of extra effects. Very well built. Exactly as advertised. I am very pleased. Would buy another.

 
5.0

must buy

By Schtbss8

from PA

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this amp is great i got it for christamas with my new shecter custum 4 string. you can really get any sound you want. trust me this thing can really shake your house. this amp is great with all the efx and the settings you can even hook an mp3 player up to it and play along to your songs. i would say the only bad thing about it is the weight but it don't care about the weight ill use my smaller fender amp for traveling. get this amp!

 
5.0

Great Amp

By That_one_guy77

from Chicago, IL

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Just play this amp and you will see that for this price the quality is great. Only problem is that it doesn't have enough gain but it is loud enough. Sounds really good over all though. Equal in power to a line 6 half stack. Choose this amp if you want a great buy.

 
5.0

Knock out sound

By Co&Cam

from Derry, NH

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The sound on this beast is incredible i can get any sound of the world all the way to Primus to Cannibal Corpse. I never play without the Deep effect it gives you a lower richer sound with out affecting anything else! The rock tone is just incredible, and the Grind tone is awesom. When you have the drive turned up while its on grind you sound exactly like Cliff Burton!

 
3.0

Very Disappointed

By worship-the-Mastodon

from Moorhead MN

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I bought this amp four months ago to replace my 30 watt practice amp. At first I thought it was great until i statred messing with the settings and i couldn't find anything that sound good. This amp is not for live shows or gigs of any type. I was jaming with a guitarist who had a Marshall mini stack and I was having trouble keeping up. Yoy Should not buy this intending to do live stuff with it. This amp was made for recording and thats all it does well. This makes a good amp for practice and recording that is it.

 
5.0

Great Powerful Amp

By Zach-FWsVw

from Tennessee

This amp offers you power combined with a strong tone on either setting you wish to have it on. Play it on clean, grind ect. it will turn any bass you play into a masterpiece. This amp is semi-heavy , not to bad, but durable. I love the ability to hook up an MP3 to it. If your looking for a great amp , you've found it!

 
5.0

Heavy Sound and Construction

By Effcleff

from Chicago

I was looking for a 12" combo that covers all the basses (pun strongly intended). I play a variety of situations and styles and looked for a compact all in one unit, and this comes very very close. The tone is excellent with my Jazz bass as well as my fret-less Rob Allen MB-2. I could dial in any of the pre-set tones and play away depending on the situation. It has enough power for most smaller rock gigs but would go with my more powerful Eden rig for larger venues or out door festivals. However the direct XLR can feed to the main P.A. if need be. Then I experimented with my upright bass not expecting much but I'll be damned if I wasn't able to tweek a usable tone. By starting without any modeling tone and all of the knobs at zero, I fiddled around until I found the sound that I wanted and saved it as one of the four preset tones. I now use it with my upright bass for acoustic and jazz gigs. The synth setting proved to be a challange but with some determination I found it to work quite well and the effects produce just as they should. I was able to also preset a nice tone setting with chorus, very sweet! I was apprehensive at first about the Line 6 products but after actually putting it to use I have to say good job. I feel the LD150 is a great example of a well designed Bass Combo amp. I did take 1/2 point away on the features not because of the weight( a hefty solid package)or the lack of a tweeter( not a fan of those anyway) however I would like to see the possibility of an extension cabinet but then again we are talking about a compact combo. The LD150 is a great combination of versatility in tone and features in a compact unit.

 
5.0

Excellent Value

By Jim F.

from Robbinsville, NJ

Very happy so far with the LD150. The amp models are very true to the amp they are modeled after. Excellent tone. Cuts through the mix. Already used at a small venue gig and loved it.

 
5.0

Line 6 is the Best!!

By hockeykevin

from Dayton, NV

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Received my amp today and spent about 4 hours playing through it. What an outstanding buy! I don't know why I waited so long to get this. The amp models are great! I still haven't figured out the synth settings yet, but that will come with time and it's not like I'm always playing that setting. The weight is lighter than I thought it would be. A great and powerful amp for the price. I recommend this to anyone looking for quality.

 
5.0

Easy to dial in and play with others

By Greg-K4h78

from San Francisco, cA

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I've owned my Line 6 Lowdown 150 for about a year now, and use it at least twice a week playing with a drummer and guitar player in a rehearsal space. I'm very impressed with it in all ways, most importantly the sound.We're a moderately loud 3 piece band, and I'm easily heard in the mix with plenty of bottom end and presence. I am running at about 75% of max, and could go louder if necessary. We don't play super heavy rock, so if that's your thing, it may not be enough for you.The clean tones - using the R&B and Clean amp models - are really great. Exactly what I want, clean and punchy, and not at all muddy (like some other bass combos I tried.) The compressor is very useful, and I like how you save the compressor level with each of the 4 patches, instead of an overall level. The other tones I've tried, but I don't find them very useful for our music, so it's mostly a novelty for me to use synth or really overdriven tones...but they are there, and sound fine.If you are a weekend warrior or casual player who wants a great tone really quickly with little knob twiddling, I recommend the Lowdown 150.

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