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Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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The soul of a pedal, the power of a rack.

The Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler has the soul of a multi-effects pedal and the power of a rack. It boasts a complete collection of the immortal stompbox effects, stompbox simplicity, rock-solid construction, and much more.

A complete collection of immortal stompbox sounds
Teeming with over 100 immortal distortions, reverbs, delays, and more, the Line 6 M13 pedal offers instant access to an arsenal of history's most celebrated stompbox sounds.

Get 19 celebrated analog and digital delays, 18 distinctive distortions from creamy to crazy, 12 reverbs from modern (particle verb) to vintage (spring reverb) to ancient (cave reverb), 26 vibey filters including wahs and pitch effects, 22 tangy mods including expressive trems and phasers, and 12 compressors and EQs that squash, gate and color.

The Line 6 pedal lets you use up to four models simultaneously, in any order and in any combination. It's like having a gigantic pedal board (without all the tangled cords and overloaded power strips) stuffed into a convenient, easy-to-use package.

Included are all the models from best-selling Line 6 pedals and rack gear DL4 Delay Modeler, DM4 Distortion Modeler, FM4 Filter Modeler, MM4 Modulation Modeler, Verbzilla, Echo Pro and others.

Stompbox simple
The Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler is easy to use, just like a classic stompbox. Tweak your tones on the fly using the dedicated knobs. No menus, no saving, no hassles-just turn the knobs and you're done. And your settings remain when you power down!

Four bright LCD screens show parameter names and values, and the built-in chromatic tuner.

Built-in looper
The 28-second looper is always at the ready with dedicated footswitches for Play/Stop, Undo/Redo, Rec/Overdub, Half Speed, Reverse, Play Once, and Pre/Post. You're free to adjust your sounds while looping or overdubbing.

Up to 48 different pedal boards
Different arrangements of models, or pedal board "scenes," can be created for each of your gigs-one for your metal band, one for your punk band, one for your Top 40 gig¦you get the picture. No more tearing up Velcro just to swap one or two pedals. Create and save up to 48 scenes. (Scenes can be backed up to your computer via MIDI in/out.)

Ins and outs
M13 Stompbox Modeler plays well with others. Take advantage of the stereo FX loop and put your other effect pedals in front, behind or even in between M13 Stompbox Modeler's models.

Prepared for any live or studio situation, Line 6 M13 guitar pedal features mono/stereo inputs and outputs (with True Analog bypass or DSP bypass), mono/stereo assignable FX sends and returns, MIDI input and output and two expression pedal inputs.

Total stompbox experience
Built tank-tough with all-metal construction, Line 6 M13 multi effects pedal is designed to survive on-stage abuse. From the chassis to the footswitches, it'll withstand constant stomping.

M13 Stompbox Modeler's treasured stompbox tones, built-in chromatic tuner, 28-second looper and bonehead simplicity will prove totally indispensable (not to mention highly addictive).

Check the Line 6 website for software updates that increase the power of your Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler!

FEATURES
Over 100 immortal stompbox FX
19 delays, 18 distortions, 12 reverbs, 26 filters, 22 mods, 12 compressors and EQs; Universal tap tempo
Up to four FX at once in any order/combination
Models are from best-selling Line 6 pedals and rack gear
Simple design
Tweak tones on the fly without menus, saving or hassles
Built-in chromatic tuner
28-second sound-on-sound looper
Dedicated footswitches for all looper controls
Mono/stereo inputs and outputs (with True Analog bypass or DSP bypass)
Mono/stereo FX sends and returns
Two expression pedal jacks
MIDI in/out
Tough, all-metal construction
Highly addictive
Create up to 48 "scenes"
No more tearing up Velcro just to swap one or two pedals
Back up scenes via MIDI in/out
Four bright LCD screens show parameter names and values
Dedicated knobs control each effect's parameters
Easy to use: No menus, no saving, no hassles
Settings remain after power down
SPECIFICATIONS
19 Delays
Tube Echo
Tape Echo
Multi-Head
Sweep Echo
Analog Echo
Analog W/Mod
Lo Res Delay
Digital Delay
Digital W/Mod
Stereo Delays
Ping Pong
Reverse
Dynamic Delay
Auto Volume Echo
Echo Platter

22 Modulations
Opto Tremolo
Bias Tremolo
Phaser
Dual Phaser
Panned Phaser
U-Vibe
Rotary Drum
Rotary Drum & Horn
Analog Flanger
Jet Flanger
Analog Chorus
Dimension
Tri Chorus
Pitch Vibrato
Ring Modulator
Panning

18 Distortions
Tube Drive
Screamer
Overdrive
Classic Distortion
Heavy Distortion
Color Drive
Buzz Saw
Facial Fuzz
Jumbo Fuzz
Fuzz Pi
Jet Fuzz
Line 6 Drive
Line 6 Distortion
Sub Octave Fuzz
Octave Fuzz
Boost/Comp/EQ
Volume Pedal

26 Filters
Tron Down
Tron Up
Seeker
Obi Wah
Voice Box
V-Tron
Throbber
Spin Cycle
Comet Trails
Slow Filter
Octisynth
Synth-O-Matic
Attack Synth
Synth String
Growler
Q Filter

12 Compressors
Red Comp
Blue Comp
Blue Comp Treb
Vetta Comp
Vetta Juice

12 Reverbs
'63 Spring
Spring
Plate
Room
Chamber
Hall
Ducking
Octo
Cave
Tile
Echo

Dimensions: 15"W x 3"H x 11.5"D
10lb
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Line 6M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (13)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Excellent sound quality (10)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
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    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Line 6 M13 Review

I got the Line 6 M13 about 3 months ago and I must say, WOW. The sound quality is insane, best of any pedal I have used(A lot). It is big...Read complete review

I got the Line 6 M13 about 3 months ago and I must say, WOW. The sound quality is insane, best of any pedal I have used(A lot). It is big but who cares? The thing is built like a tank, has a full STEEL outer shell. The footswitches give a nice responsive 'clank' to let you know you have indeed pressed a button. The controlls couldn't be simpler. There are a ton of effects, delays, reverbs are great, distortions, etc. I have not found one song that I cannot mimic the sound of with this beast. I wont be getting rid of this thing until I die. It is that good. REALLY recemend. Ya it is expensive but without a doubt worth it, if you bought everything in a seperate pedal with the same functions and quailty, you would be paying at LEAST twice as much as this thing costs. I love the built in tuner, definately handy. I rarely use the looper but seems to work well and it is very easy to use. OVERALL excellent pedal, buy it and you will fall in love. Thanks for reading hope this helped!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Limitless

Overall, this pedal rocks. It's certainly the best money I've ever spent on gear, and I don't plan on giving it up any time soon. The flexibility it offers is virtually unrivaled until...Read complete review

Overall, this pedal rocks. It's certainly the best money I've ever spent on gear, and I don't plan on giving it up any time soon. The flexibility it offers is virtually unrivaled until you get into something like the TC G-System or rackmount units like the Axe-FX. It allows a guitarist to create a well-adequte number of effects combinations and routings in order to perfect his or her sound and style. This thing is truly a piece of equipment any gearhead should seriously look into.
This pedal is unique in that it gives you just about all of the accessiblility and sounds you could possibly want and/or need in one box--and it does it well. While some models are certainly better than others, they're all useable, and I haven't had any trouble from this unit. In my opinion, the modulation and delay effects are where this pedal shines. I'm a big U2 guy, which carries through in my sound, so the M13 is particularly useful when I want to create a soundscape by stacking a couple of delays and reverbs. Also, the "Octoverb" effect is aweome for producing a wonderful shimmer sound, and through a DigiTech Whammy set to a +1 octave harmony, this thing is just awesome.
As I said, some models are definitely better than others. In my opinion, the delay and modulation effects are where this pedal shines--not only in it's sounds but in the "tweakability" of each effect--I can take a standard Phase 90 model and have the ability to tweak it out the wazoo to the exact sound in my head that I want, anywhere from a slow, pulsing wash to a violent, shaking vibrato-esuqe effect--much more than you're able to do one the standard model, but it retains that special sound which has made pedls like the Phase 90 so popular. I really like the fuzz models, in particular the Fuzz Face, and the Tube Screamer and Driver models. That said, many of the drives aren't my favorite--I tend to supplement this section with other pedals, which is perfect because it leaes me more presets on the M13 to use for delays, verbs, and mods.
I know this has been said time and time again, but I really love the way this unit allows me to have a virtual library of rare, highly-sought-after, and great-sounding classic pedals all at my disposal, for the price and minimal pedalboard space (at least, it's a heck of a lot less than I'd use if I actually had all of these pedals!). Plus, the thing sounds great. It's the perfct way for a hardworking guitarist to achieve most any sound he can dream up. The only thing I'd ask for in a software update is some sort of MIDI sequencer so I can do arpeggiation patterns on my aforementioned DigiTech Whammy, but that's quite a long shot....

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Piece Of Gear

By Old Jim

from Ottawa, ON

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent Layout
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

Had the Line 6 HD500 which includes the same list of pedal effects and a ton of other features but too difficult to understand for the layman. Already have a couple of great amps so did not need the modelling capability. Traded straight up for the M13 and could not be happier. Lots of excellent effects, simple to use, quality steel build, a variety of connection options, looper capability and can output to two separate amps at the same time. Highly recommended.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

New centerpiece of my pedal board.

By Quincy Scott

from Kansas

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Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

This is an excellent product. I wish more multi-effects processors were designed like this. The best part of this is that it's designed to be on a pedalboard. No fake sounding amp modling. Just effects and full flexibility to set them up how you like. Every other effects processor I've messed with, I've tried to use it the way this is designed to be used. Not all the effects are entirely accurate, some aren't practical, and the overdrives are not great. But this does have almost everything I need (and a lot that I don't).

As I'd mentioned in features, having 2 expression pedals is great! It's obviously easily used for wah. But for other effects, it controls ALL parameters at once. You just set the settings for up and set them for down and toggles between them smoothly. It's fun to set analog delay speed to a pedal and get chaotic, swirling sounds without bending over and turning knobs. However, your options for what expression pedal to buy for this are limited. The Line 6 expression pedal is horrible. I wish they had built them into this pedal.
Most of the effects are awesome. And the fx loop allows for a lot of possibilities for set up. The "scenes" feature is great! I have each scene assigned to a song in my band's setlist. My band used to get annoyed that I had to dial in the correct tempo on my delay pedals for each song. Now I press 2 buttons and we're ready for the next song!

The modulation, filter, delay, and reverb effects are all really good. Some are a TON of fun to experiment with (pattern tremolo, particle verb, octo reverb, stereo delay).

However, the overdrive units are sub-par in my opinion. I prefer my amp's overdrive, and as I mentioned, the fx loop accommodates that nicely. Also, the functionality of 2 expression pedals is great, but Line 6's expression pedal that does with this is a cheap piece of plastic which will run you $70.
Very solid build. Everything is solid metal. Again, most effects are great quality. Not sure about the power source. It seems to be causing some noise in my signal. But the noise varies based on how I have it set up.
Yes, you would spend a lot purchasing all the products these effects are modeled after. But that's not what you're getting with this. This is a muti-effects unit. So you get a bunch of effects that are similar to those they are modeled after. So this is reasonably priced. It's not a steal, as some would have you believe.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

versatile, fun to use, and gets the job done!

By Clifton

from Gilbert, AZ

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Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

I had the Line 6 DL4 before I got this because all my favorite musicians seemed to use it. I had never really delved into lots of guitar effects before that. After seeing another of my favorite bands use this in concert, I had to check it out, and after I found out that it has all the FX of all the classic Line 6 pedals, I decided it would be a great way to expand my knowledge and maybe find a signature sound for my solo songs.
This pedal has, without fail, helped me in almost every way i could have imagined without going out and buying a whole bunch of pedals. Recently I have joined a cover band and we cover a whole bunch of different styles of music from different decades; before this I was still only really using the delay effects, reverb effects, and looper on this, but suddenly it became so much more.
I really like the delay effects, and the control you have over them. I'd never delved into the mod effects until recently, and the chorus, phaser, and tremolo effects are my favorites. Rotary speaker is a little hard to find a good sound, I don't even really know what to use it for. On reverbs, I personally like the Octo reverb; when playing clean or palm muting, it adds all the overtones on it and makes it sound soooooo cool; also quick stops and the way it trails....totally amazing. I was very disappointed in the distortions when I first got it and thought they were total crap. Big reccommendation: read the manual to see what models the sounds are modeled after. Once I started my cover band, I wanted to make the songs sound as accurate as possible in their effects; after realizing that the distortions are modeled after old/new pedal models, I was able to more fully appreciate them and now I have two scenes made out (one for 60s-70s music and one for 80s-today). I still won't use them for original stuff though, except for maybe one of the fuzz tones. The filter effects I still haven't found a practical use for yet, but they're way fun to just mess around with. the tuner is accurate (although I still prefer my Boss TU-2 just because of the LED lights; sometimes it's hard to tune when you're playing outside b/c you can't see it really well) and the looper is great to hash out song ideas. I once plugged my keyboard into it, started a looped drum beat, and then added my bass, guitar, and keys to it and hashed out a whole idea to a song. That was a fun day.
Some problems that I had about it have been fixed lately with the updates; for example, I was really excited to find that it had an effect to model the MXR boost comp; it didn't do at all what I was hoping for, but now that they have added the EQ effect it takes care of the situation. I also want to have some sorts of Octave sounds, but I think (maybe?) that the updates have taken care of that, too. The problems I still have with it are just 2 things; it doesn't have a great wah sound, and the distortions are still just too out there to use in the style of music that I write. Luckily, my amp takes care of the distortion, and I'm not needing wah anyway for what I do.
In the end, you should stop reading this and just go buy one; you'll be glad you did. I can't go without mine anymore; I feel naked without it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

ONE pedal, Versatile use

By Rody Whitfield

from Georgetown, TX

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Pros

  • All In One
  • Split Pre And Post Amp
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Needs A Tutorial Video

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

I chose the M13 for it's multiple effects and the ability to split the effects. The FX loop splitting was the most important feature and is why I eliminated other products and bought the M13. I can route delays to FX loop while routing other effects to the front of the amp.

I gave it a CON a 4 star rating because I think they need to release an idiot proof tutorial video. Fortunately I found several on youtube and that helped me figure out how to cable it properly. Search for the 4 cable method on youtube and several vids come up that show how to cable it to the amp so that FX loop is split properly. Distortion goes to the front of the amp and delays go to the FX loop and keep the sound clear and eliminate the mudd.

I use it with an Egnator Rebel 30 head and mostly only run the time delay effects in FX Loop, as I use the amp to create my tone. Occasionally use the distortion and compressor effects when needing over the top sound. Hope this review is helpful, I think the M13 is a good value.

(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Great effects, Bad tone degradation

By Bobcatter

from Atlanta

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

GOOD:
Great sounding effects for the most part. No more tap-dancing. MIDI control of amp channel switching is a definite plus.

BAD:
Sorry folks but if you think this doesn't change your tone then get down at ear level with your speaker/cabinet and listen close, then completely pull it out of the chain and go direct and listen close. You can hear the digital conversion. It's a fizzy sound. Recording-wise you may not notice as we all listen in digital nowadays anyway. And maybe you wouldn't hear it with a loud rock band either but on your own or in your sound guy's ears, it WILL change your tone in a slightly unpleasant way. For Line 6 to label this as "true bypass" is almost a marketing gimmick. Yes, with all the pedals off and the global settings in "true bypass" your tone will be unaffected (with the M13 in front of amp only). However, soon as you activate any effect/pedal the unit routes all signal to digital conversion. If you use the four cable method like I do then you can't switch off the true bypass at all and are now 100% digital conversion (due to no true bypass in effects loop of M13).

Returned.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Multi-Effects Processor for the Money

By donkeyjerky

from CHICAGO, IL

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Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

The only better multi-effects processor is the TC Electronic floor system for $1500 or to custom create your own, which could potentially cost thousands of dollars to do right. Best bang for buck on the market.

(5 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Too many buttons for quick stage use ...

By Eddie O

from San Francisco Bay Area

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Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

This is a neat approach to multi-effect processors. Instead of deep menus, and a bunch of extraneous features (except, see "features" above), have a set up that looks like traditional stomp boxes and once "scenes" are set, acts like them seems really great. Just make a simpler version without the silly looper.
Problem is not too few but too many! Why can't we have this without TWO ROWS of looper control buttons. This would be very cool with only ONE row of buttons to turn an effect on or off, just like having actual stomp boxes. The on/off button is on the third row, and I'll bet while tap dancing about to change effects, the looper buttons will be hit accidentally often.
It seems to be a good value, but see "features" above.

(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Limitless

By The Edge

from San Antonio, TX

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Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

Overall, this pedal rocks. It's certainly the best money I've ever spent on gear, and I don't plan on giving it up any time soon. The flexibility it offers is virtually unrivaled until you get into something like the TC G-System or rackmount units like the Axe-FX. It allows a guitarist to create a well-adequte number of effects combinations and routings in order to perfect his or her sound and style. This thing is truly a piece of equipment any gearhead should seriously look into.
This pedal is unique in that it gives you just about all of the accessiblility and sounds you could possibly want and/or need in one box--and it does it well. While some models are certainly better than others, they're all useable, and I haven't had any trouble from this unit. In my opinion, the modulation and delay effects are where this pedal shines. I'm a big U2 guy, which carries through in my sound, so the M13 is particularly useful when I want to create a soundscape by stacking a couple of delays and reverbs. Also, the "Octoverb" effect is aweome for producing a wonderful shimmer sound, and through a DigiTech Whammy set to a +1 octave harmony, this thing is just awesome.
As I said, some models are definitely better than others. In my opinion, the delay and modulation effects are where this pedal shines--not only in it's sounds but in the "tweakability" of each effect--I can take a standard Phase 90 model and have the ability to tweak it out the wazoo to the exact sound in my head that I want, anywhere from a slow, pulsing wash to a violent, shaking vibrato-esuqe effect--much more than you're able to do one the standard model, but it retains that special sound which has made pedls like the Phase 90 so popular. I really like the fuzz models, in particular the Fuzz Face, and the Tube Screamer and Driver models. That said, many of the drives aren't my favorite--I tend to supplement this section with other pedals, which is perfect because it leaes me more presets on the M13 to use for delays, verbs, and mods.
I know this has been said time and time again, but I really love the way this unit allows me to have a virtual library of rare, highly-sought-after, and great-sounding classic pedals all at my disposal, for the price and minimal pedalboard space (at least, it's a heck of a lot less than I'd use if I actually had all of these pedals!). Plus, the thing sounds great. It's the perfct way for a hardworking guitarist to achieve most any sound he can dream up. The only thing I'd ask for in a software update is some sort of MIDI sequencer so I can do arpeggiation patterns on my aforementioned DigiTech Whammy, but that's quite a long shot....

(4 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

NOT A MIDI CONTROLLER!! Latency Issues

By KNI9HTFIRE

from Des Moines, Iowa

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Pros

  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

  • Not Responsive

Best Uses

    Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I bought this unit about 6 months ago in the hopes that this would be a total solution for controlling midi with stomp box effects. While the effects are decent sounding...(not stomp box quality), the midi has latency (about 1/2 second) which might not seem like much, but switching at different tempos with any kind of challenging part can become a next-to-impossible feat. Had i known this was going to have problems with the midi, i never would have bought this unit.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Amazing pedal with few drawbacks

    By MDAC69

    from Enterprise, AL

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      Loved it from the start. Feed it through a Valveking 100 tube head with a half stack. Instant response when you hit a pedal. Love the tuner, but sometimes it wakes up stupid and doesnt want to turn on the tuner. To fix it I have to turn it off and back on. Also the third led readout dimmed about 2 months after I bought it but its still legible. Only reason I didnt give it a fifth star. The loop effect is amazing. It allows me to lay a rhythm track while playing live and play the lead and come back to rhythm without missing a beat. Like having another guitarist in the band. Best pedal ive owned.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A lot of fun

      By Miguel

      from Lima, Perú

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        Well, I wrote a review in Spanish for my amigos but I don't know why it wasn't published.
        Anyway, this big toy is ideal if you don't want to have lots of pedals at your feet and if you don't want to tap dance between songs, thing that I particularly hate.
        It does what it's supposed to do. You've got modulation, filters, delays, reverbs, distortions and a great looper.
        Talking about modulation... well, everything is great but chorus could be a little better. Tremolo is great. Filters are out of this world; you would spend hours, days, weeks trying everything you have at your disposal, so in case you want to have fun with this section, I strongly recommend you get the expression pedal. The pitch glide is addictive. I was consider getting the whammy effect but after this, no need for it.
        Delays are one of the best things of the M13. I love the digital delay which I like to use it the way Pete Lesperance(Harem Scarem) does as a background to expand your voice, specially when you play in a one guitar band. The reverse is just amazing. Reverbs are incredible, too. Talking about distortions... well, I don't use them very much since I get mine from my amp or an analog pedal. Anyway, don't expect too much from them because they aren't anything you haven't heard before.
        The looper is incredible. If you like or need this function, for sure you won't get a lemon.
        Well, I hope you have found this review useful. The only complaint about this unit -taken from me- is the size.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Line 6 M13 Review

        By Wyatt

        from Chino, CA

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Quite Large

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Everything
        • Home Play
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I got the Line 6 M13 about 3 months ago and I must say, WOW. The sound quality is insane, best of any pedal I have used(A lot). It is big but who cares? The thing is built like a tank, has a full STEEL outer shell. The footswitches give a nice responsive 'clank' to let you know you have indeed pressed a button. The controlls couldn't be simpler. There are a ton of effects, delays, reverbs are great, distortions, etc. I have not found one song that I cannot mimic the sound of with this beast. I wont be getting rid of this thing until I die. It is that good. REALLY recemend. Ya it is expensive but without a doubt worth it, if you bought everything in a seperate pedal with the same functions and quailty, you would be paying at LEAST twice as much as this thing costs. I love the built in tuner, definately handy. I rarely use the looper but seems to work well and it is very easy to use. OVERALL excellent pedal, buy it and you will fall in love. Thanks for reading hope this helped!!

        (4 of 42 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        William Tinsley

        By WILLIAM TINSLEY

        from Liberty Mo

        Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        Does not work and appears to be shorting out!

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Everything Necessary and More!

        By Steve Reese

        from Western New York

        Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        The M13 cannot be replaced in my rig. If I was to buy, for example, only 8 seperate effects (delays, distortions, modulations, reverbs), with stereo, a looper, with the same quality found in the M13, I'd spend WAY more than the cost of this. However I actually use many scenes for many purposes, so it just can't be replaced for less than the cost of a custom-engineered board.
        The M13 does have it all. Every major type of effect used in recorded music over the past 40 years is represented in this one unit. The additional firmware upgrades allow you to configure a dizzying 12 boards with with 12 effects per board! That's too much for some, but that's why Line 6 came out with the M9 and M5, smaller units that have all the effects with fewer features.

        The M13 is a very easy tool to use. It's as simple as any effects box you've used. You turn knobs for each parameter of each effect. It's that easy.

        The looper isn't something to use extensively for live performance (like a JamMan or Boss RC), but it can be done. The loop time is about 27 seconds, so it can't do an 8-measure phrase at less than 120bpm.

        There's an effects loop so that you can go out of the M13 and into a favorite pedal, then back into the M13. You can also use 2 seperate expression pedals, assignable to almost any parameter of any effect.

        I also LOVE the fact that it has several stereo effects. It's enabled me to use 2 amps at low volumes to fill a room with swirly chorus or phase, ping-pong, staggered or panned delays, and several other fun things.
        I've had mine for two years. The unit as a whole is very sturdy and can take a beating. There isn't a dent on it. Mine has been in some dirty environments, and usually stays out for use any time. The switches have become squeaky, and some have required more than one stomp to turn on or off. A little graphite helped, along with cleaning with a swab. I wouldn't recommend (either does Line 6) using water or WD30 on it for cleaning or lubrication.

        There is some inconsistency in the color of the displays, but that's a very minor, non-functional issue.
        There is no way you can get this kind of lineup, or even a fraction of what's offered here, with this level of quality, functionality, and versatility, in a less expensive package.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sold over 8 Boss pedals after getting the M13

        By ninjajgs

        from Oahu, Hawaii

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I pretty much replaced almost all my Boss effects pedals after I got the M13. I got lucky and found it for $300 on CL. This thing rocks like no other. This makes gigs way easier and gives me way more effects with less space. I gig with a Blackstar Club40 and the M13 sounds great through it. I enjoy all the effects including the Distortions that everyone seems to hate. Maybe they aren't adjusting them right. The line 6 distortion and heavy distortion can get pretty wicked. I use different scenes for each guitar I use which. I don't have to re-adjust the knobs on each pedal like before. Just switch scenes and all the effects are set to sound great with each guitar. I use passive and active pickups when gigging so this is an awesome feature for me.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Does Almost Everything

        By jesse hill

        from Virginia

        Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I have been waiting for a pedal like this to come along for years. It is as easy to use as any stompbox, sounds as good, and saves the hassle and inevitable tone degradation that comes with having a ton of pedals with all their power supplies and cables. The M13 has become an essential part of my creative process and my live sound.
        This thing is awesome. It sounds great, it is genuinely easy to program and use, and it has inspired some new creativity and energy in my playing. Adjusting effects is very easy; you just twist knobs to change the sound. You dont have to mess with any menus or save anything, because everything is upfront and saved automatically. The M13 is true bypass, which means it wont mess with your tone when you dont want it to. You can arrange stomp box simulations in any order you want, insert an effects loop at any point in the chain, and assign two (not included) expression pedals to any effects parameters you want.


        The effects are mostly pretty good sounding; some of the reverbs and delays are pretty incredible. The particle verb, which I believe is exclusive to the M series, is just unbelievably good sounding. Another cool effect is the octoverb, which is a reverb that plays back an octave higher than what you play. If you keep it mixed low, it can be a very subtle effect that adds an extra dimesion to your playing. The overdrives mostly sound like the pedals they are meant to emulate. You aren't going to get an exact original Tube Screamer sound out of this pedal, but you are going to get darn close. Some of the compressors and the clean boost sound mind blowingly good. I really don't have much to say about many of the synth effects, other than that they all sound cool. I just don't play any music that would benefit from a synthesiser sound. I have found myself using some interesting modulation effects since getting the M13 that I really wouldn't have considered before, largely because it is so easy to insert a new effect.


        The ability to use expression pedals is really handy. For example, you could have one pedal control the gain and treble levels on a distortion effect, while another controls delay repeats. Of course, you can have an expression pedal assigned to volume, pitch shifting, or looper level, too.


        The ability to place stompboxes in any order is a big deal. I find myself playing with unorthodox placements in the signal chain that I would never have tried back when I only used regualar boxes. One thing I have been doing a lot lately is putting a maxed out distortion as the very last thing in the chain. Then, I hit it at the loudest, craziest part of a song and let the delay, reverb, and whatever else I have switched on run through the distortion. Very cool. Another neat thing is to put mulitple delays on with different timings. Additionally, if you have any favorite stompboxes you want to use with the M13, you can insert them at any point in the chain via a programmable effects loop. I use a volume pedal between the first and second effects on the M13, but you could use a favorite overdrive or any other box at any point you wanted.


        One nice thing about the M13 is that you can create a pedal board with up to twelve pedals, and then save it to a scene. You can save twelve scenes, and they are very easy to access while playing. This means that you can save a separate scene with its own settings and stompboxes for each song in your set. Or, if you play in multiple bands, you can have scenes for each band. I have a scene set up with a ton of reverbs and delays for the ambient/shoegaze band I play in, and another with milder effects and some light overdrives for when I fill in at church or play session work.


        Finally, one of my favorite things about the M13 is the looping function. You can record a twenty-eight second loop and then play along with it, or do all sorts of things to the sound. You can play the loop backwards, record another layer, play it forwards again, and then the last layer will be playing backwards, while the rest is normal. You can also play it at half speed, which drops the pitch one octave. Or, you can record at half speed, and then play it at normal speed, which makes your loop twice as fast and one octave higher. You can also choose to play the loop infinitely or just play it once through. The loop can be played dry, or run through all of your effects, which gives you the opportunity to do all sorts of crazy things to it. All of this is done with the footswitches, which makes it easy to pull off live.
        Seems very solid. I have been touring and playing out with it for at least a year now, with no issues. I know some people who have had issues with the switches on other Line 6 products, but I would be pretty surprised if I had any issues with this in the near future. Everything on it is metal, and it ways a ton.
        I am doing more with this than I could do with my $1500 assortment of pedals before, with clearer sound. Definitely a good buy.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        just buy it! you won't regret

        By Mr. G

        from Mexico

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Live Performance
        • Studio
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          everything sounds great and if you disagree, try another amp or guitar. you can't go wrong with the M13.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Superb Flexibility For Gigging Musicians

          By Squirrel

          from MD

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Live Use

              Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              This thing is a wonder for gigging musicians! I currently use this with a couple 62RI Strats, an FMT tele (mahogany body and 2 buckers), a Tele Deluxe, and a PRS into a Tone King Comet and a Splawn Quick Rod. Other pedals are Budda Wah, Menatone Red Snapper, Menatone King of the Britains, Fulltone Plim Soul, ARC Effects Klone, Basic Auido Tri/Ram, and Barber Direct Drive.

              I gave this a 5 Star rating because of the following outstanding features:
              - the 4 cable hook up
              - scene latching
              - the programmable fx loop location for each scene

              Utilizing these features you have 12 presets of up to 4 pedals being engaged at once, with time-based effects and modulations going into your amp's fx loop, and drives/boosts/comps running into the front of the amp. Want to run the comp into the loop? It's your choice to make! You also can use each scene as it is intended by tapping the Scene button once you are in the desired scene, but the scene latching is a truly useful tool. Especially when using a channel switching amp! (Into a straight clean amp, you may not realize the impact of the loop location, but into a dirty/high gain amp you definitely will when using delays)

              This pedal is very remarkable, so I gave it 5 stars. However, it doesn't live up to its full potential. The Drive models are largely useless for most discerning tone chasers. The OD's and Distortions all have a lower frequency harmonic thing going on that is very distracting. E.G. if you have any OD or Distortion on, and hit and open D, you will hear a low frequency D note that is a step down from your Low E string. The only drive setting that I've found usable is actually an EQ setting, where I pushed the gain all the way up.

              With that said, the delays are excellent. The DL-4 was a great pedal for live use, with the caveat of the volume drop; the M13 has all of the models plus some, with more options, AND NO VOLUME DROP! The "dry through" models are exceptional.

              The modulations are all very convincing and effective models. Most of the filters sound great, with the exception of the U-Vibe, which is still serviceable. Same for the reverbs, and compressors.

              The bottom line is that this unit allowed me to replace my DL-4, tuner, chorus, phaser, tremolo, and compressor; while costing less than those pedals combined, and taking up less real estate on my board. Having the ability to switch the routing of things around on the fly (into the amp vs into the loop) and switch multiple effects on and off with one button click is a huge bonus.

              If this thing had better drive models, it would have replaced my entire pedal board except for my wah. With that fixed, I'd give this thing 6 stars!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Almost Perfect

              By CJ3-UVbhS

              from on tour

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              My Gear: Gibson ES-335 and Anthem PST20 guitars, Vox AC30CC (chinese reissue, but has been rewired by hand)Context of Use: I do 150-200 shows a year as a full time touring musician.Love all the Delays, Verbs, Mods, and compression. All the effects are great, you're basically getting all Line-6 stomp-boxes in one board which makes it an insanely great value. The only weakness, and it is a pretty minor one, is the distortions. They do, to the trained ear sound a little processed, thin, and lack the warmth of a 'real pedal'. There are actually a few exceptions where they're as warm and less noisy than the pedal they're modeling (the big muff model comes to mind), but generally speaking they're not as good. On the other hand, other than the other musicians in the room, 99% of your audience isn't going to know the difference.What I've done is kept my Fulltone GT-500 for OD/Distortion and the M13 for everything else. I've had a few of my friends who are also pros test drive it and have had all good feedback from them, truly a great pedal.I recently had mine stolen and bought a new one the same day.Another thing to note, that may have been noted in a few other reviews is that the learning curve is, if you've used a few pedals, about 30 seconds.The Tuner is accurate (again a great value saving you another $100 not having to have a TU-2). I don't use the looper a whole lot, but what little I have it works great.The one thing I wish it had, and maybe it does and I've missed it, would be some sort of harmonization (ie Electro Harmnix P.O.G. or Boss octave type model).Again, for the $500 it's a great buy, same as buying 20+ very useful pedals.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Total Pedalboard Solution

              By jws1982

              from Nashville, TN

              See all my reviews

              Comments about Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              Line 6 has recently released firmware version 2.01 for this unit. It adds many more effects and capabilities that satisfy the requests/complaints in the previous reviews. Check out their website for the additions and changes. This unit is just fantastic. Sound quality is excellent, and models are very accurate. The fx loop is very welcome as well. It's a necessity if you use your amp's distortion and want good clean delays/mods/etc.. post-amp. Add some expression pedals, set up some pedalboard scenes, and you're ready to go. You never have to worry about wiring and powering another pedalboard again. No more finding the faulty cable or power cord causing signal drops and noise. You get good clean tone, and as many effects as you can handle.

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