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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

    At last, there's a Line 6 bass combo! Order your LowDown today!

     
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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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    Unreliable Amp-abysmal support

    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...Read complete review

    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.

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    5.0

    Most Versatile Bass Amp !

    By Big Ears

    from Los Angeles

    This amp is amazing right out of the box! The amp models are spot on and show a great deal of detail.The power amp section is very fast making this an extremely punchy and clear amp. I found that 150 watts wasn't enough for most of the several bands I play in, so I simply bought the more powerful LD 300! MORE than enough power in this one. It will easily keep up with a 100 watt Marshall stack and a loud drummer. The LD 150 is just fine for smaller practices and quiet gigs though.

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    2.0

    Good Practice Amp. Not for suitable for gigs.

    By Skid-VKSmh

    from Houston, TX

    I originally made this purchase to use as a backup because my main amp broke down on me. I was hoping to be able to downsize from my 2x10 300 watt combo but it just doesn't cut it. My main amp is a Peavy Bam. I'm a gigging 80's top 40 "by the record" bassist so having chorus, flange, octave, EQ, and synth modeling in a portable toolbox is something I find value in. Unfortunately I could not make this amp work for me. Im very unhappy I could not dial in my tones for each song. The bottom end falls out and distorts at gig volume and I had to resort to using foot pedals for FX and sending a my signal to the PA via direct box. I have decided it does make a useful livingroom practice amp so there it will stay. I had my other amp repaired thankfully.

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    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.

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    4.0

    I've had it for over 2 years

    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.

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    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..

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    5.0

    great buy

    By j the md

    from grand rapids, MI

    I was an aspiring bassist and decided that a small practice amp wasn't enough. After some research I found the line 6 LD 150. This amp is amazing!! Just the quality and range of sounds you can get from it is worth the money. Not to mention that this amp is loud!! I will admit that the synth and ocave effects are seriously lacking but otherwise the onboard tuner, compressor, filter, and chorus are welcome additions to an already amazing amp.The amp is a little heavy/awkward but you learn to get used to it.Also I have found that unless you only planning on using four different tones I would suggest finding someway of recording your previously dialed in tones, so you dont need to do it over when you overwrite it with a different one.

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    5.0

    GET the LowDown!

    By Silver Possum

    from Spartanburg, SC

    The LowDown LD150 is awsome! It's big for a practice amp but once your the bass player you want to be it's the perfect amp. All the kickin' effects you'll want and all the sound you need. You'll spend a long time figuring this thing out but, it's worth it... GET the LowDown and ENJOY!!!

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