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Line 6 Vetta II HD 300W Stereo Guitar Amp Head  

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    A monster head with all the power you could possibly use, piles of models, and killer effects.

    The unbelievably authentic amp tones of the Line 6 Vetta II Amp Head are based on a world-class collection of vintage and modern amps. Combine them with models of the most sought after stompboxes to ever hit a pawn shop, plus a rack's worth of studio-grade post-processing gear, and you're halfway there. Vetta II also provides the unique Two Amps at Once feature, which allows you to use any 2 amp and cabinet models either independently or simultaneously. 300W stereo power section can cut through the most demanding performance situations, and also features elaborate pro connections to make it the perfect recording rig. Plus, a direct digital Variax Modeling Guitar input seamlessly integrates Variax's collection of guitars with Vetta II's collection of amps, cabs, and effects. Add an FBV pedal board, and this entire setup can be transformed into virtually any rig you can imagine with just the press of a footswitch. Vetta II amplifier head is the ultimate guitar rig.

    Features

    • 300W stereo power section
    • 64 factory and 64 user presets
    • Vintage and modern amp modeling
    • Stompbox models
    • Studio-grade post-processing gear
    • Unique Two Amps at Once feature
    • Elaborate pro connections for recording
    • Direct digital Variax Modeling Guitar input
    • Routable effects loop
    • Independent XLR balanced direct outs

    So everyone says you've got a big head? Now you can show 'em a REALLY big head. Make it yours today!

     
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    4.3

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    Versatility

    First off, everyone's main concern with this amplifier is the fact that it's not a tube amp. That being said... GREAT!!! I know you're rolling your eyes. Listen, I've owned...Read complete review

    First off, everyone's main concern with this amplifier is the fact that it's not a tube amp. That being said... GREAT!!! I know you're rolling your eyes. Listen, I've owned a Marshall JCM. Blew the tubes, couldn't keep it warm enough to blow up a room and cut through like I wanted. I've used a Bogner Uberschall. Wonderful sounding amp. I needed an attenuator to keep it hot enough to run at optimum tone. Blew some more tubes. Every time I've turned this amp on, it sounds like the last time I turned it off. I've owned this amp for about 3 years. I use a Line 6 cab, which isn't the greatest cab but it is wired in stereo which is a MUST for this amp!!! ping pong delay, reverb bouncing left and right across a room, plus the ability to seperate tones just like I have an A/B switch. Most people who have tried my amp agree that after tweaking the presets (there is a bit of a learning curve but the instructions are very easy to follow and fun to read) everything sounds exactly as I want it. The fidelity is very good and with good cables and a good guitar you can cut through a mix as well as any hot tube amp. At first volumes and overall headroom were hard to control.. I use the FBV longboard alongside this BEAST to control volume. I really only use about 8 or 10 different channels, which is plenty to add or subtract any effect that you want to need at no more than 1 or 2 button pushes on the floorboard. Pop the extra cash for the longboard its worth it. This amp has never failed to be an incredible workhorse and I've used it for everything to live shows, live recorings, studio recordings, post loop recording, even the occasional vocal effect that I just couldn't find anywhere else. It records in stereo and in DVD quality 24 at a very high frequency. It can literally sound as good as any amp out there, and models them all wonderfully. Plug it into a computer and edit, store and make new channels. I'm a singer also so I don't have a lot of time to screw around pushing buttons and tweaking knobs. This works like a champ... I just push the "favorite" channel for clean, and push it again for my distortion. Easy!!! From there I can tweak as I go... want a chorus push a button, delay, reverb, lead boost, wah, any stompbox you've ever owned!!! PUSH THE BUTTON. Line 6 Thank you. It's worth more than my car but I wouldn't trade it for a new ferrari. And to all the haters with 120 watt peaveys that they swear by. Hey dumbass, ur amp sounds so dirty cuz u got custom emg's in ur ibanez!!! Unfortunately, you'll never hear a clean tone out of that guitar. I play a fender american deluxe hss... and after 5 or 6 grand in gear, I have a rig that will melt your face. If I have one complaint, It's that this might actually have too much power... but I turn it to half power and it only takes a tiny tweak on the master volume to get a huge amount of headroom. I play local bars and concert halls, not madison square garden. I've never turned this all the way up for fear of losing what little hearing I have left. My drummer plays loud but even on half power I can blow him and everyone else out of the water. But at reasonable volumes it can be pretty, twangy, toney, subtle, punchy, grungy, angry etc etc etc... I have yet to find a tone that i cant get with this amp, and I've tried. 5 stars all the way.

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    Great for Cover bands!

    If you are technologically challenged, these are great for imitating famous rock guitar sounds. Of course the tones are highly processed, and need a ton of gating to cover up the noise from...Read complete review

    If you are technologically challenged, these are great for imitating famous rock guitar sounds. Of course the tones are highly processed, and need a ton of gating to cover up the noise from cheap electronics... but hey, your audience is probably too loud, drunk and deaf to notice. As a founding member of the Jagoff Guitar Player's Society, I have to say, "This thing is perfect for us Jagoffs!" I only know a few dozen cover songs, and can't really play that well, so the sloshing sea of effects on most presets helps hide my slop. It makes non-musicians think I can actually play!It has a lot of lights and buttons too that look cool on stage and make people think I know what I'm doing. I just put this on my credit card and should be able to pay it off in a year or two.I like this amp for my ability-level MUCH better than real tube amps or good solid state amps because those other amps require too much talent. A real amp makes my crummy technique obvious, but these things cover that up real good. It's funny, cause I just show up with an expensive les paul with pretty (exotic) wood top, and this amp, ... everybody just assumes I'm a good player... Cuel! The amp is so expensive people think im a serious musician! I love it!Go Line 6!

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    5.0

    ONLY AMP YOU'LL NEED

    By Megadog333

    from Undisclosed

    This amp can get any tone you are looking for.The trick is hooking it up right.You have to run this baby in stereo to get the full sound.I run it through 2 cabinets that are stereo and I can't believe the tones with the effects,coming out of this amp.As for all you solid state haters my tone stays the same day in and day out.When I owned different tube amps,the tone changed 5 months down the road until I retubed the amp back to "new condition.When you add effects are just digitizing your tone anyway?

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    5.0

    Versatility

    First off, everyone's main concern with this amplifier is the fact that it's not a tube amp. That being said... GREAT!!! I know you're rolling your eyes. Listen, I've owned a Marshall JCM. Blew the tubes, couldn't keep it warm enough to blow up a room and cut through like I wanted. I've used a Bogner Uberschall. Wonderful sounding amp. I needed an attenuator to keep it hot enough to run at optimum tone. Blew some more tubes. Every time I've turned this amp on, it sounds like the last time I turned it off. I've owned this amp for about 3 years. I use a Line 6 cab, which isn't the greatest cab but it is wired in stereo which is a MUST for this amp!!! ping pong delay, reverb bouncing left and right across a room, plus the ability to seperate tones just like I have an A/B switch. Most people who have tried my amp agree that after tweaking the presets (there is a bit of a learning curve but the instructions are very easy to follow and fun to read) everything sounds exactly as I want it. The fidelity is very good and with good cables and a good guitar you can cut through a mix as well as any hot tube amp. At first volumes and overall headroom were hard to control.. I use the FBV longboard alongside this BEAST to control volume. I really only use about 8 or 10 different channels, which is plenty to add or subtract any effect that you want to need at no more than 1 or 2 button pushes on the floorboard. Pop the extra cash for the longboard its worth it. This amp has never failed to be an incredible workhorse and I've used it for everything to live shows, live recorings, studio recordings, post loop recording, even the occasional vocal effect that I just couldn't find anywhere else. It records in stereo and in DVD quality 24 at a very high frequency. It can literally sound as good as any amp out there, and models them all wonderfully. Plug it into a computer and edit, store and make new channels. I'm a singer also so I don't have a lot of time to screw around pushing buttons and tweaking knobs. This works like a champ... I just push the "favorite" channel for clean, and push it again for my distortion. Easy!!! From there I can tweak as I go... want a chorus push a button, delay, reverb, lead boost, wah, any stompbox you've ever owned!!! PUSH THE BUTTON. Line 6 Thank you. It's worth more than my car but I wouldn't trade it for a new ferrari. And to all the haters with 120 watt peaveys that they swear by. Hey dumbass, ur amp sounds so dirty cuz u got custom emg's in ur ibanez!!! Unfortunately, you'll never hear a clean tone out of that guitar. I play a fender american deluxe hss... and after 5 or 6 grand in gear, I have a rig that will melt your face. If I have one complaint, It's that this might actually have too much power... but I turn it to half power and it only takes a tiny tweak on the master volume to get a huge amount of headroom. I play local bars and concert halls, not madison square garden. I've never turned this all the way up for fear of losing what little hearing I have left. My drummer plays loud but even on half power I can blow him and everyone else out of the water. But at reasonable volumes it can be pretty, twangy, toney, subtle, punchy, grungy, angry etc etc etc... I have yet to find a tone that i cant get with this amp, and I've tried. 5 stars all the way.

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    1.0

    Worst concept imaginable

    By Tyrius

    from Vancouver, WA

    This is not an amp for a good guitarist. Of course, any good guitarist would already know that. Everyone on here talks about tweaking to find a good tone. Digital doesn't get good tone. Never has, never will. Just the different ways the sound is produced and the soundwaves themselves. If you have a bunch of money to waste and want to pretend to be a guitarist, line 6 is for you. If you're a real guitarist, at this price, go on craigslist, buy a boutique tube amp, and spend countless hours tweaking that instead. Far better of a value.

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    5.0

    YOU REALLY CAN'T GO WRONG

    By CoverItAll

    from Greater Cincinnati

    Bought a Used Vetta I with the 2.5 upgrade about 6 months ago. I do covers, and had a ridiculous setup that took too long to get together in a timely fashion at gigs, but it sounded great (gear snobbery, Mesa DC 5 with a TC Effects system, midi switcher, Keeley modded TS, Decimator Noise reduction, blah blah blah)...just too much stuff. I was also skeptical about the line 6 stuff, but I did like my DM 4 that I also had on the pedalboard. I know purists don't give a crap about modelers, but in a working environment, for guys who gig a lot and do different styles and need to be able to get a lot of different tones? THIS THING IS THE BE ALL-END ALL. If you have a guitar with the right pickups, the tone combinations an possibilities are ENDLESS. I favor the Duncan SH-13s in all my guitars (the dimebuckers), and I have them all wired to 5 way switches to get different tone combos. Literally, there is no tone you can't get close to (mind you, I said "CLOSE" to) with the Vetta/Vetta II. It's obviously not tube stuff, but the rock/high gain models are FANTASTIC sounding with some tweaking. My personal favorites in the 2.5 software pack are the Engl Powerball models, when you tweak the eq and add the Tube screamer to them, just FANTASTIC.The effects palate has everything you need, my only (small) complaint is that the compression just isn't that great for the clean stuff, but you can get a workable thing going. I have used it with a Marshall 1960 straight with Vintage 30s, and it's so LOUD, I can't imagine you'd need anything else. Currently, I just take the head and run the DI outs to the board and our monitor board, the Mic models are fantastic, and, I've been able to eliminate another input on the snake by tweaking a bypass patch for my onstage acoustic. Bottom line is, like I said before, if you need a reliable, swiss army knife of an amp, the Vetta is it. I don't know what's next in the Vetta series, but it'll be damn hard to top this one, IMHO.

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    1.0

    the worst amp I ever owned

    By Chad-N2w7e

    from Dallas

    I tried really hard to like this amp and ultimately failed. After a few months the amp developed a problem with the power supply that a certified Line 6 technician admittedly couldn't fix. The amp was sent back to the US headquarters for repair where Line 6 fixed the amp but neglected to utilize any packing material and the amp was completely destroyed during shipping. It took 5 months to receive a replacement. I was without an amp for a total of 11 months. I tried 6 different guitars, 2 firmware updates, and 3 different cabinets all with the same over processed and mediocre results from this amp. I?d recommend a Johnson Millennium JM150 if you are looking for a reliable and great sounding modeling amp.

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    5.0

    A Real Review With Pros/Cons and Advice

    By Jowles

    from Chicago, IL

    The Vetta II HD is difficult to use right out of the box; the presets are good, but not great. I have had the amp for about 7 months now, and I am finally getting the hang of it. When you learn how to properly use this amp?.whoa momma!The tube modeling doesn?t sound exactly like tube amps, but I am okay with that. I guess it is personal preference. The effects are outstanding. They do the job and are very quiet. I sold most of my pedals and pedal boards after getting the hang of this amp. I still kept my digitech whammy because the whammy feature of this amp falls a little short, and so it did not get a perfect rating from me. The wah takes a lot of adjusting so the high frequencies do not destroy everyone?s ear drums.The features are great ? in particular, two amps at once and double tracker. If you are planning on using this live, you will most likely need one of the three footswitches (express, shortboard, longboard) to control the amp. Think of it like ?Goldie Locks and The Three Bears? ? the express is too simple, the longboard is overdone. The shortboard is just right! I myself own the longboard, but wish I would have gotten the shortborad.The price is hard to swallow. Make sure you really want it and will use it. I look at it like this: if I add up the prices of all the crappy amps I have bought over the years, it is at least the price of the Vetta II. Also, when Vetta III comes out, all you have to do is connect the Vetta II to your computer, and download the new firmware. Like magic, you have a Vetta III. If that doesn?t make it worth the price, I don?t know what will.In summary, I am very happy with it. Make sure you play it before ordering it. Also, do not expect a ?plug and play? amp. The Vetta requires some time to get it to sound?perfect! Also, do not expect it to replace ALL of your pedals. Every time I think I have found something that the amp can?t do, I consult the manual to find yes, it CAN do it. The Vetta II HD is not for everyone, but everyone should at least check it out.

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    3.0

    Great for Cover bands!

    If you are technologically challenged, these are great for imitating famous rock guitar sounds. Of course the tones are highly processed, and need a ton of gating to cover up the noise from cheap electronics... but hey, your audience is probably too loud, drunk and deaf to notice. As a founding member of the Jagoff Guitar Player's Society, I have to say, "This thing is perfect for us Jagoffs!" I only know a few dozen cover songs, and can't really play that well, so the sloshing sea of effects on most presets helps hide my slop. It makes non-musicians think I can actually play!It has a lot of lights and buttons too that look cool on stage and make people think I know what I'm doing. I just put this on my credit card and should be able to pay it off in a year or two.I like this amp for my ability-level MUCH better than real tube amps or good solid state amps because those other amps require too much talent. A real amp makes my crummy technique obvious, but these things cover that up real good. It's funny, cause I just show up with an expensive les paul with pretty (exotic) wood top, and this amp, ... everybody just assumes I'm a good player... Cuel! The amp is so expensive people think im a serious musician! I love it!Go Line 6!

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    5.0

    Oooh that noise!

    By ToneFreakOut

    from Houston, TX

    I have a new favorite guitarist. Some local guy. I always love the ridiculous array of sounds he gets from his setup. Upon investigating and to my surprise...it is a Vetta HD & Marshall 1960 cab. I am saving for mine now. This thing has made me forget about every other setup I have dreamed about.

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    5.0

    Tube?

    Check it out people... This is not a tube amp, ok? It is a modeling amp that does exactly what a modeling amp should...it gives you a TON of damn-good tones. If you are a tube-tone snob, go buy a Marshall and try to get something even close to a Fender sound out of it. Can't do it, huh? Can't get a Vox sound out of your Mesa/Boogie? Go figure. If you want solid, not-quite-tube, versatility, then go get a VettaII.

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    5.0

    Everything you need and anything you could want!

    By WarDriverGuitar

    from Baltimore, MD

    Although I was very skeptical about getting a "modeling" amp, I heard a few excerpts of people's playing online, and found out that Michael Romeo of Symphony X uses it. Now, I'm not as big a fan of his guitar tone, but just that it can get as much gain as their music would require. So, I bought it. I had been playing with a Mesa Road King, dry, no effects, and thought that I could use this amp's effects with the Road King. It sounded so good, it replaced the Road King. I bought four guitars between the difference of the two heads! Bottom line, the models sound just as good as the amps they emulate, the effects are all built in, the foot controller connects with an ethernet cable, not a specialty cable you can't find anywhere, and when plugged in with the variax, you've got a full array of sounds that'll have your jaw on the floor. I still haven't picked up mine off the ground yet.

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