Available from Line 6 is their Digital Guitar wireless system called “Relay”, Line 6 says

“New Relay™ G30 wireless guitar system completely redefines the wireless experience. It delivers superior sound, professional dependability and refreshing simplicity that, until now, were totally unavailable in a wireless system.”

While wireless systems have gone in and out of fashion many detractors have argued about loss of quality and signal – Line 6′s Relay system however arrivespPromising increased performance and quality over analogue systems Line 6 have released Relay in 3 flavours the G30, G50 and G90 – the later models coming with increased range and channels.

Line 6 has some fab new gear coming out this year including a brank spanking new Variax so a company to really keep your eyes on.

Line 6 Relay G30 Digital Wireless System
Line 6 Relay G30 Digital Wireless System

Line 6 ToneCore Tap Tremolo

The ToneCore Tap Tremolo pedal couples that classic tremolo
sound with some great modern features. Using the Tap Tempo feature,
along with adjustable dynamic speed control, peak setting, depth,
and shape, you can configure some fantastic and diverse Tremolo
sounds.

THe pedal has the following features:

Model Switch – You get different types of tremolo depending on
the model selected – these are

  • Opto – Here’s a vintage circuitry-style tremolo sound
    like you’d find built into mid-60’s American amplifiers.
  • Bias – This model creates a vintage bias circuitry style tremolo
    sound you’d find in late 50’s and British amplifiers.
  • Pan – This model makes your sound pan back and forth between
    left and right outputs.

Additional controls include:

  • Speed, depth and peak
  • Shape – Turn the knob toward the left for a smooth sine wave
    tremolo that gradually varies your volume up and down, or left
    for a for a hard-chopping square wave that dramatically switches
    from loud to quiet.
  • Tap Tempo – Using the pedal, you can tap a couple times and
    have the pulsations match your tempo.

For more information visit www.line6.com

Line 6 ToneCore Liqua Flange

The Line 6 ToneCore Liqua Flange effects pedal Delivers classic
studio flange and benefits from an exhausting range of controls
– the pedal features a model switch that allows the user to select
from 3 preset models

  • Digital – Flat frequency response
  • Liquid – Dual Delay lines with offset modulation
  • Analog – Replicating classic analogue devices

The Liqua Flange pedal also benefits from a raft of other features
including

  • Polarity switch – create dramatic effects by selecting negative
    or positve phase for the delay
  • Wave selector – featuring
    • Saw Down
    • Saw Up
    • Envelope Down
    • Envelope Up
    • Sine
    • Step
    • Random
    • Vintage
    • Chorus
    • Trigger up
    • Trigger down
  • Time Knob – set the delay time
  • Speed Knob – Rate of Delay
  • Feedback Control – Set the rate of feedback
  • Depth knob – Set the depth of Flange
  • Tap-Tempo – Use the footswitch to match your tempo.
  • 3 warm overdrive models
    • Blues
    • Pop
    • Crunch
  • Built in Noisegate
  • Controls to cover – Drive, Level, Bass and treble
  • Line 6 ToneCore Crunchtone overdrive pedal

    The Line 6 ToneCore Crunchtone effects pedal features

  • 3 warm overdrive models
    • Blues
    • Pop
    • Crunch
  • Built in Noisegate
  • Controls to cover – Drive, Level, Bass and treble
  • For more info visit Line 6

    Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler

    The DL4 Delay Modeler offers you an incredible array of sounds, from a tube driven, tape loop echo (complete with adjustable wow and flutter), through 24 bit squeaky clean digital echo, to real-time reverse delay. Not only that, but you’ve got complete programmable control over all aspects of the sound in the studio and on the stage. Incredibly simple to use, it’s an amazingly powerful tool offering you delay effects never before available in a single box.

    The DL4 offers: Digital modeling based on* 15 of those vintage delay and echo effects you’ve always yearned for. Including: EP-1 Tube Echoplex, EP-3 solidstate Echoplex, Space Echo, Deluxe Memory Man, Reverse delay , Rhythmic delay, Dynamic delay and many more!

    The DL4 Loop Sampler includes 14 seconds of memory + 800ms of Pre-delay (sort of a delay within a delay), and features half speed and/or reverse overdubbing, and more…

    Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler Pedal Features:

  • 3 programmable presets and on-board Tap Tempo
  • True Bypass switching, so your direct tone is exactly that; direct from your guitar to your amp
  • Expression Pedal Input – for real time control of all effect settings
  • DL4 runs in discrete stereo, both inputs and outputs, so Left stays left and Right stays right. (Loop Sampler sums signal to mono)
  • Runs from batteries or optional power adapter.
  • Line 6 Spider III 15

    <p>For a company such as Line 6 that have been around only for a short time yet had the impact they’ve had on the guitar market has been quite phenomenal – originally best known for the POD effects unit they have continued to leverage their expertise in modeling into effects units such as the POD XT, the guitar market with the Variax series and a range of amplifiers including the Spider series.
    </p><p>Line 6 have a number of different amplifier ranges, the Spider III  range has the edge in that it features a number of presets based to help the guitarist obtain the tone they crave instantly.  The range features a range of combos heads and cabs so there’s quite a choice.  The heavier duty amps in the range feature a number of “famous” presets which mimic the guitar tone from famous bands or tracks.
    </p><p>The Spider III 15 is the entry level combo in the Spider family – with a list price of $199. Despite the 15 being the baby of the family you get an awful lot crammed under the hood. Clearly at this price it’s aimed at those looking for a decent practice amp on a limited budget – this market is fairly full so Line 6 has looked to provide a broad range of features in order to differentiate it from it’s competitors.
    </p><p>Out of the box the amp looks a rugged little fellow , thick plastic corners and the traditional front mesh covering the 15.5L x 14.5H x 8.25D chassis.   There’s a thick carrying handle on the top of the amp and it looks like it could take a fare beating.  The front of the amp features the Line6 Logo the range of control knobs and input output sockets.  All looks well put together and robust.
    </p><p>The controls are nice and sturdy and they are comfortably split into two groups one section to manage the EQ and volume a further group of 2 to manage the effects and a final Master volume control.  There’s a row of handy buttons and LED’s to show the amp model selected.  The EQ is split into Bass, Mid and Treble.
    </p><p>The spider III features a 8inch 15 Watt speaker that despite being small – packs enough of a punch to make this a viable amp for jams or band rehearsals.  You could imagine that it would make a great amp for anyone looking for home recording.
    </p><p>The main benefit of the Spider is it’s ease of use – Line 6 have opted to keep it simple which is refreshing – nothing is overtly complicated –it’s easy enough to dial in the tone your looking for – the 15 ships with four amp models.  Clean, Crunch (modeled on a ’68 Marhsall Plexi 100 watt), Metal (modeled on a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier) and Insane (modeled on a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier red channel).  It’s a simple enough job to switch between them and the sounds are surprisingly good for an amp at this price.
    </p><p>There are 6 onboard effects (of which two can be used simultaneously) included effects are Phaser, Chorus/Flanger, Tremolo, Sweep Echo, Tape Echo and reverb.  The effects are easy enough to control, simply dial in the effects intensity from the relevant control and your done.  The effects are controlled by two knobs – one which controls the chorus, Flanger and tremolo and second to control the delay and reverb effects – that means that you can’t for example mix the chorus and Tremolo effects or Reverb and echo – but that’s a small price to pay.
    </p><p>The Spider III also features a MP3 input so you can plug your iPOD or other MP3 player straight into the amp and jam along (great for bedroom rock stars).  There’s also a headphone out that can also double as a DI for recording purposes.
    </p><p>It’s hard to quibble with what the spider III delivers – if we were to nitpick a footpedal to switch the effects on/off or change amp models would have been a nice edition – the way the effects are combined into two controls means that although there are 6 effects not all effects can be matched with each other.
    </p><p>There’s a fair number of amp/effects units combo’s on the market now and the Spider III 15 will be competing with the likes of Fender’s Frontman combo’s and Marshall’s offerings – Line 6 have developed a strong reputation on the quality of it’s gear and there’s no reason that the Spider series won’t continue to add to that.
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    Line6 Variax 700

    700When Line 6 first introduced the Variax modelling guitar back at the Namm show in 2002 there was a sharp intake of breath – while not the first modeling guitar getting 25 guitar tones from one instrument was a real innovative step – getting it into a mass produced guitar was something else.

    These days there are three main models of the Variax Electric guitar – the 300, 600 and 700. The 700 is the top of the line, with attributes such as a Carved ash top over mahoganny body, maple neck, 22 Fret rosewood fingerboard, Gotoh Tuners and one tone, one volume control.

    On first glance the 700 is a really handsome guitar – it’s nicely crafted with a nice strat-esque shape to it with a double cutaway design, it’s nicely contoured which means it’s comfortable to hold and it balances nicely when playing.

    One of the first things you notice when you pick it up is how heavy it is – this is not a light weight guitar by any means. We’re not sure if it’s the mahogany body or the added electrics but it does take some getting used to.

    Acousticly there’s a nice twang to be had before it’s plugged in – it sounds nice and bright – the neck is responsive enough and the sound sustains well enough.

    There’s two outputs for the guitar – a standard jack socket and a Digital I/O that can be used to attach to a PoD XT, Vetta or the included footswitch (this will also help power the device).

    The variax features an integral bridge mounted Piezo pickup, there’s no visible pickup which for traditional guitarists renders the variax slightly strange looking. The sounds are responsive and articulate, the piezo is very quiet leaving the natural sounds of the guitars to shine through.

    Switching between the emulated guitars is a dream – simply select the type of guitar you want e.g. Spank for Stratocaster, flick the pseudo pickup selector switch for the model you want and go for it.

    What Line 6 have managed to achieve with the Variax is nothing short of astonishing and although some of the sounds that are produced are a little on the synthetic side – notably the 12 strings the sounds all useable – in our opinion the Strat sounds, Les Pauls, Gretsches and the Jazzboxes are superb – close your eyes and you really wouldn’t know that there coming from the one guitar.

    Select any of the strats and your dialled in to strat heaven – responsive with enough bite, the Semi’s all have that natural sustain that comes with a hollowbody and that rounded woody tone even the Les Paul (Lester on the dial) has that authentic Gibson tone going for it. Throw in the dead on takes of the resonator and Jumbo acoustics and you’ve got a smile a mile wide.

    One question levied at the Variax is how accurate the sounds are – well there won’t be too many of us with the vintage guitar collection that the sounds are based on so this is open to interpretation – however for a very usuable mixed pallatte of sounds the variax excels.

    One thing to note is that the sounds on offer with the 700 are the same as are on offer with the 300 and with the list price for the 700 being three times as much as it’s counterpart – those just looking for the range of sounds may opt for the cheaper instrument – however the 700 is the better guitar with a wiser choice of materials going into the final product.

    The variax has a number of applications from those wanting to pad out a home studio to those in covers band looking to reproduce the authentic sounds of a variety of bands – the Variax fits in nicely.

    Add into the mix the limitless options with the Workbench software and PoD XT then you could argue that you have a sound for all purposes.

    There’s a certain romance attached to guitars and the sounds they make are often associated with the way a guitar looks – and a fun game to play with the Variax is to play around with the settings with your eyes closed and see if you can guess the model -

    At around $1400 the variax 700 is always going to be a guitar that splits the guitar community – some will love it – the purists may take some convincing. With the price you could afford a quality guitar with albeit with a little less tonal options – and there’s no doubting that the likes of Fender and Gibson have the edge over the quality of the end product and while that can’t be entirely forgiven Variax can be partially forgiven. The important thing here is that the market has forever changed – and over the coming months/years we’ll see more and more guitar modelling hit the marketplace.

    For more information visit Official Line 6 site

    Line 6 Verbzilla

    The Verbzilla from Line 6 features 11 reverb models in a single stomp box.

    The verbzilla, powered by either a 9 Volt Battery or DC Power supply, features Mix, Decay, Time, Tone controls to allow the user to customize the available tones.

    Line 6 Verbzilla list of controls

    Mix – Allows you to control the amount of reverb in your signal from dry to 100% wet.

    Decay – Controls how quickly the reverb tail fades to silence.

    Time – Controls the length of pre-delay. This is the amount of delay before the signal hits the reverb chamber.

    Tone – Allows you to adjust the tonal character of the reverb, giving you the flexibility to go from dark and subtle to bright and splashy.

    Trails Switch – When switched on, Verbzilla’s processing is engaged while in bypass, so reverb smoothly trails away when you kick the effect off.

    The unit also features a model switch to allow the user to select the type of reverb to be used these include spring reverb, Hall, Chamber. The unit also comes with a tone called Octo that provides harmonized decay similar to the “shimmer” effect employed by U2’s The Edge.

    So if you wanna get that U2 harmonic shimmer sound the Verbzilla is a must (check out this youtube vid if you need convincing!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJwhmLASs0E

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    Line 6 ToneCore Verbzilla Guitar Effects Pedal

    Still need convincing?

    Check out this youtube video which features a familiar U2 track and the trusty Verbzilla applying the shimmer