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Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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Supercharge your pedal board with a single stomp!

The Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler is a "super-stomp" that gives you access to one of over 100 coveted effects at at time with a footprint the size of a standard pedal. But M5 is also different - it's designed like a Swiss army knife to carve out sonic creativity one brilliant effect at a time. Dare to inspire and be inspired with its 100 gain-defying distortions, lush choruses, scintillating reverbs and many other kinds of expressive effects.

Instantaneous additions
Why buy another pedal every time you'd like a little extra spice? M5 is your buddy who's got the garage filled with half a century's worth of modern and vintage effects. But this time he'll loan out anything from the collection and never ask for it back. From the classic and timeless to the bold and esoteric, M5 has got you covered. Your instant stockpile is robust, easily switchable and well known - many of the effects are from DL4 Delay Modeler, Verbzilla and other famous Line 6 pedals.

M5 costs less than one good single effect pedal, features an easy-to-read screen, and is infinitely customizable.

FEATURES
Less is more - compact size is no bigger than one large single effect pedal
More is more - over 100 of the most popular pro-quality effects seen on pedal boards around the world, delivered one at a time
Stompbox simple - you didn't have to learn a new language for your old favorites, why start now?
Totally pro - fully stereo, MIDI capable, expression pedal option, tap tempo and much more
Rugged - battle-ready construction you'd expect for something you'll be kicking all the time

Save the world one effect at a time. Get your M5 now!

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Line 6M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
3.8

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (7)
  • Good selection of effects (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (5)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Swiss Army Knife!

The M5 is a pleasant and needed surprise. I have seen the larger M9 on several of my friends pedal boards and heard that it was a great pedal. The M5 is similar,...Read complete review

The M5 is a pleasant and needed surprise. I have seen the larger M9 on several of my friends pedal boards and heard that it was a great pedal. The M5 is similar, but it's smaller footprint is what I really liked. It has all the typical Line 6 effects and an easy to understand interface. I am not usually a huge fan of Line 6 products or digital effects, but I found that this plays nicely along my other analog pedals. I still don't like most of the Overdrive section of this pedal, but the other 4 effect types more than make up for this. I still haven't hooked up an expression pedal, but I am pretty excited to do this and access the wah and pitch shifting effects. The dedicated knobs for tweaking are also excellent. Alot of the effects are over the top and very heavy, but can be tweaked quickly to more applicable settings. If you find yourself wanting more variety or creative options, the M5 may be the affordable solution you are looking for.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

GOES DEAD IN PERFORMANCE

My M5 worked great for a few months, then started going dead ON THE GIG. No sound coming through whatsoever. VERY FRUSTRATING while the rest of the band waits for the guitarist...Read complete review

My M5 worked great for a few months, then started going dead ON THE GIG. No sound coming through whatsoever. VERY FRUSTRATING while the rest of the band waits for the guitarist (me) to figure out what's wrong so they can play the next song. Dead in the water! This happened enough times that I was forced to stop using the pedal in live performance. A quick search online reveals this to be a COMMON PROBLEM, and one that Line 6 is aware of but does not address. Check out their user forum to see for yourself. Their customer support is virtually non-existant as far as I can determine. Despite the menu of good usable sounds, I would have to recommend AGAINST buying this pedal.

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

GOES DEAD IN PERFORMANCE

By potatobattery

from Erie, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Great Reverbs Delays
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

My M5 worked great for a few months, then started going dead ON THE GIG. No sound coming through whatsoever. VERY FRUSTRATING while the rest of the band waits for the guitarist (me) to figure out what's wrong so they can play the next song. Dead in the water! This happened enough times that I was forced to stop using the pedal in live performance. A quick search online reveals this to be a COMMON PROBLEM, and one that Line 6 is aware of but does not address. Check out their user forum to see for yourself. Their customer support is virtually non-existant as far as I can determine. Despite the menu of good usable sounds, I would have to recommend AGAINST buying this pedal.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Promising, but ultimately disappointing

By will cheshier

from Cleveland, OH

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

Flexible range of effects in a nice. solid and small box Sounds pretty good too. Mine began to fail intermittently on gigs. The only way to get it back was to unplug it (not easy when velcroed on a pedal board and not good in the middle of a set), wait a few seconds and then plug it back in. Eventually it failed completely. It will only flash the display. When I checked on forums, it appears this is a common result. Now I need to send it away for service at an unknown cost. Very disappointed.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Part 'Tool' Part 'Toy'

By WNMC Telemann

from Michigan

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Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

I found 6-8 usable (quality) patches out of 100. To me that's 6-8 great sounding stomps at a reasonable price, so I can't complain. IMHO, the 'verbs are great and the distortions are weak. Overall the pedal is noisey (run it through an external effects loop in order to remove it from the signal chain when not in use). If you buy this pedal, keep your expectations realistic and you won't be disappointed. I will be keeping mine.
This pedal has plenty to offer as far as features are concerned...almost too many. It took me days of dedicated study to really master this pedal.
The chassis is well built. The knobs and switches also feel solid. I can't comment on the reliability of the 'innards', but I've read mixed reviews on the reliability of the electronics on the Line 6 trouble shooting chat room.
The value is debatable. It depends how well this unit performs over time. Some are still going strong, some have died in 90 days (but were still under warranty).

(9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Jack of All Trades....Master on None....sadly

By Ramadhany Herlambang

from Bali, Indonesia

Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

If only there is a return policy at the music instrument store here, I would have returned this, and my older POD XT. I'm not going to buy the Line6 product anymore.
Tons of effects, good for all in one solution, maybe for recording instead of live situation.
The sounds are OK for a very small setup where the brittle-ness and the degradation of the guitar and preamp tones are not noticeable. But in a bigger live setup (I'm not even talking about stadium, just small club), the quality is really revealed. This thing sucks my Guitar and preamp tone and hurting my ears with its brittleness. Enough of Line6. This is just toy for kid. For effect I'll just go for analog or higher end Digital. Even my Yamaha Magicstomp and UD-Stomp are better than this.
It's good for practicing only for me. I have checked with my guitarist friend who had M9 to know if it is something better, he said he sold his because of the same thing. This is not for a live setup for a music where the guitar sound should standout. Maybe it's good for top 40 bands whose guitar sound is buried with other sound.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice box BUT with grounding issue

By The Doctor

from Blue Hill, Maine

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Pros

  • Good Distortion Choices
  • Wide Range Of Effects

Cons

  • Poor Grounding Cuts Power

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

This is a good sounding stompbox, which I perform with. BUT you must fix the grounding issue which causes the power to cut out. Since grounding is through the metal case, you must scrape all paint away from the five external screw holes, including the one on the side and replace with unpainted screws. AND most important: take off the case and lightly sand or file the bottoms of the two threaded metal tubes that two of the external screws thread into to support the circuit board, as well as where the tubes touch the inside of the case. These actions will correct the poor design by Line 6 which created the intermittent grounding problem. Line 6 should have acknowledged the design or production flaw in an otherwise good product.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I bought two!

By donald g

from Charlotte, NC

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I use one right after my fuzz and OD pedal so that I can use the dirt models if I want. The other models fall after my dirt pedals to create an effects loop for all the other effects. The second M5 is pretty much reverb and delay only. If I use it for other effects I have a delay and reverb to back me up and they run into a Blues Deluxe running clean.

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Grooooovy!!!!!

    By Casca

    from Cooks, MI

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Compact Design
    • Easy to use
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Great Price
    • Plug And Play
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Cant think of any

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I was impressed right out of the box. Pluged it in and started jamming. Seems well built and the stompbuttons seem solid? Although for programing, there will be a learning curve for fine tuning or looking for your specific sound, I'm sure it wont be that difficult to grasp. And the price was in the budget I had given myself.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Swiss Army Knife!

    By JHS/PedalsRBEST

    from Manhattan

    Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    The M5 is a pleasant and needed surprise. I have seen the larger M9 on several of my friends pedal boards and heard that it was a great pedal. The M5 is similar, but it's smaller footprint is what I really liked. It has all the typical Line 6 effects and an easy to understand interface. I am not usually a huge fan of Line 6 products or digital effects, but I found that this plays nicely along my other analog pedals. I still don't like most of the Overdrive section of this pedal, but the other 4 effect types more than make up for this. I still haven't hooked up an expression pedal, but I am pretty excited to do this and access the wah and pitch shifting effects. The dedicated knobs for tweaking are also excellent. Alot of the effects are over the top and very heavy, but can be tweaked quickly to more applicable settings. If you find yourself wanting more variety or creative options, the M5 may be the affordable solution you are looking for.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Your new secret weapon!

    By Parker Fly Guy

    from Central IL

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    Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    This pedal a genius idea! I can cram over 100 killer effects in the space of about 2.5 standard Boss pedals. I keep a chorus, phaser, and delay pedal on my effects loop pedalboard (I also have a preamp pedalboard). So this pedal is the perfect addition to cover all the other tones I use more sparsely. I'm not a fan of the distortions or the univibe effect (hence the 4.5 on features), but everything is really outstanding. The ability to set up small "scenes" is also very cool. You can scroll through about 40 presets that are tweaked to your specs. It would be good if it had a USB port, but other than that, it's perfect. Just go buy one.PS - it can be either true bypass or buffered bypass, depending on your needs. And I checked this hard way - I yanked out the power plug, and my guitar's tone was still there. Very cool!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Addition

    By PRS5454

    from Oklahoma

    Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I've been a fan/owner of Line 6 over the years, however, I decided to go analog this time around for my live setup. After realizing how many pedals I would need to cover the wide range of music I play I decided to add in the New M5 to fill the gaps when I would need that "certain" sound. I mainly use it for it's modulation effects which sound pretty good. I have it wired into my GCX unit and I can control all the features of it from my Ground Control Pro via midi (great feature). It's great having the 24 presets available for recall too. No more adjusting between songs! I've ordered the Mission Pedal which I'll use to access the wah and whammy effects. Over all it's a great little pedal for the money. It's easy to setup and tweak which is a big plus in my book. I have replaced most of the presets with my own due to many of them sounding a little harsh or over the top. Great investment overall!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I might buy another

    By -jim

    from NY/Nashville

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    Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    It's a no-brainer, for the price of a typical one trick pedal you get a really versatile pedal that each trick just as well as the one trick pedal. This will get plenty of use... BTW I haven't been a Line-6 fan because of the PODs but I'm finding it's mostly that I don't find their amp/distortion models very usable but the modulation, delay and reverbs are growing on me.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Product - No power issues.

    By Sam

    from Florida

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Overdrives & Distortions

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Pedal Board
    • Performances

    Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I have used the M5 on everything from keyboards, to basses, to acoustic guitar, and of course electric. I absolutely love the versatility of this pedal. I simply feel like there is no downside to adding this pedal to your repertoire. The only thing that I absolutely hate about this pedal is the overdrives and distortions, most of them do not add anything special or desirable to your tone; however, the reverbs, modulation effects, and everything else are great, especially the reverbs. I have had NO ISSUES with this pedal as far as power supply or grounding goes. I believe people may face this issue because this pedal takes 9V at 500ma, and not the more common 9V@ 300ma. I just use the stock power supply and that seems to help, but I'm no electrician. Overall, I love this pedal. The only reason it gets 4 stars is because of the overdrives.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    You don't have to visit the website

    By boaz

    from Madison, WI

    Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    Great sound. To me, better than my Pod XT. Easy to use, and you don't need the the manual to know what the knobs do.The best news is that you don't ever have to visit Line 6's terrible website to use this piece of equipment, so you never really have to worry about Line 6 support, which is non-existent.

     
    2.0

    its ok, I havent gotten used to it yet.

    By ex

    from illinois

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    better for metal users

     
    5.0

    great effects,easy to use..

    By Jeff

    from Venice,florida

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      what a great box for a great price..made really strong!excellent,easy to use..

       
      4.0

      Powerful and Simple Combined!

      By Nichols Baughman

      from Northern California

      Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      I was really impressed with the sound quality of this little pedal! So much, that I'm ditching my POD XT Pro. It's sad to have spent so much on something that is so obsolete, but worth every penny for the M5. It contains all the tones I love in the XT, with a simple to use platform that lets you adjust every detail of the effect. Instead of turning my back to the crowd to tweak my tone, I'm face down on the ground, where I should be! The color changing display is easy to see and navigate between different groupings of effects. The only drawback I can see is that it's down on the floor. I might build a stand or something to put it in reach and be able to "play" it as it's own instrument. Buy it today and replace a sea of effects that you don't needTons of tones and the ability to color every one to your liking. Unbelievabley easy to navigate with Midi control and stereo outputs. Wow!
      Plastic feeling knobs, but all around solid steel construction and switches.
      Again, probably obsolete in a few years, but a great value for all the studio quality effects you get to tweak to your own desire.

       
      5.0

      Great pedal!

      By Gester

      from Clearwater, Fl

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      Comments about Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      Love the pedal! Played with it, and was so blown away, I went out and got the M9. I'm not a huge fan of "Amp modeling" so this pedal is perfect for me.

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