The LowDown brings Line 6''s modeling expertise to the bass community
The amp weighs 95 pounds and comes with two heavy-duty handles and four sturdy casters that are so smooth and steady I’d almost take them down to the local skateboard park. All of the features are clearly and prominently placed on the front panel of the amp. It runs 400 watts through two 10” Eminence speakers and a compression driver horn, and has stagefriendly features like a balanced XLR direct output, a 1/4” preamp output and an onboard tuner that mutes the DI and the speaker when activated. The amp’s four-channel programmable memory allows you to save, on the fly, that perfect tone you came up with for future use. It’s practice-friendly, too—sporting a headphone out and a 1/8” CD/MP3 input. There’s also a jack for the optional Line 6 FBV Express or FBV Shortboard. Players who like running an extra cab on stage can do so with the right cable if their cab has a NL4M-series Speakon four-pole mono speaker connection.
My basses of choice for this review were a 5-string Fender Jazz Bass and a 3/4 upright bass mic’d with a Shure SM58 wrapped in foam and placed under the tailpiece.
Shake Your Head for Me, Darling Models are what Line 6 is known for so, not surprisingly, the preset amp models offer a range of bass tones that will match up with most musical styles. These are intended to give the player a wide range of versatile amp sounds while reducing the amount of gear you need. There are many fine shades and nuances to be tweaked within each setting but for the purposes of this review, I’ll focus on the preset amp models as they appear from Line 6.
Clean According to Line 6, “It’ll give you all the warm lows and punchy highs you need.” As advertised, this indeed has a warm, punchy clean tone with everything in its place. Flat wound strings on a fretless bass really complement this setting.
R&B This model pays tribute to the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and the clean, fat tones of rigs like the Ampeg ’68 B-15 Flip Top. This preset is a very useful bass tone, and I can definitely hear what they were going for as I played some classic James Jamerson bass lines. This is a very functional setting and will sound appropriate in most any situation.
Rock The ’74 Ampeg SVT was the inspiration behind this model, which reminds me of a George Porter, Jr. sound. I find that adding a little bit of drive to this preset gives me a superb rock tone.
Brit If you’re looking for ‘60s Cream and The Who kinds of tones, the ’68 Marshall Super Bass is the way to go. The Brit model definitely has that old Rickenbacker-type tone in the mix. Line 6 gets you as close as possible to the experience without actually making you drag that Super Bass around.
Grind If you put a SansAmp Overdrive pedal in front of an SVT, you get that very popular angry, clear, punchy aggression. This one is all about the power, which I definitely feel while tearing through powerful monster riffs. Mucho massive tone, and yet no pedals to drag along.
Synth For ‘70s funk and modern rock, this tone is necessary. And it’s way cool! While in the bass synth mode, the knobs reconfigure to tweak all of the parameters of the synth (drive, cutoff, resonance, envelope, attack/decay, and waveform). This gives you the ability to create an incredible variety of fat’n nasty, old-school to modern synth sounds. After operating in this setting for a while, I was able to come up with several pure synth sounds, two of which I saved in the programmable channel memory. I could have spent hours coming up with one killer synth sound after another.
Effects Some players may find the onboard effects more useful than others. With an envelope filter, octaver and chorus, you may discover that you will leave the stompboxes behind and just roll with the onboard effects of the LD400 Pro.
The Final Mojo
The LD400 Pro could solve many problems for you in the studio. For gigging musicians with versatile set lists, not having to take additional gear to a practice or a show could make up for what the amp lacks in comparison to similar- sized combos that shine in their ability to power far fewer tones at louder volumes. The LD400 Pro’s array of amp models sound pretty good, especially at lower volumes, and its output options give you the flexibility to do what you need in larger gig settings with FOH help. The Line 6 LD400 Pro really shines in terms of tonal options and useful features packed into a single combo.
you’re a fan of onboard effects and amp models, and want something for rehearsal or the studio.
you need it to be as loud as your drummer on the backline, or you have a bad back.
Street $799 - Line 6 - ddynamusic.com
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Looking for a compact, “noiseless” way to plug in and play guitar? Check out the brand-new Gibson Digital Amp, available only in the Gibson App.
The new Gibson App simplifies the learning process and brings guitar playing to life for the current and next generation of guitarists in a modern, comprehensive, and intuitive way. The Gibson App is the place to take your guitar playing to the next level. New to the Gibson App is the Gibson Digital Amp, the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediate players and pros to get their sound anywhere. The Gibson Digital Amp is an accessible amplifier for both acoustic and electric guitars, and is currently available for Apple/iOS users--an Android version will debut next year.
Use the Gibson Digital Amp’s jamming guide to get started and transform your sound with built-in effects and pedals, jam to backing tracks, or use it in lessons and songs. The Gibson Digital Amp only requires your phone, and wired headphones for the best playing experience, no cables are needed. The amp features 3 acoustic mic presets, 4 electric amp presets, and 6 effects pedals.
The Gibson Digital Amp is the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediates and pros.
The Gibson App uses a unique two-way, interactive platform to teach guitar students how to do everything from playing their first note to shredding loads of songs. The Gibson App features interactive lessons with thousands of lessons and songs. Learn the songs step-by-step with video tutorials from superstar artists and pro guitarists in the “Gibson App Guide.” The Gibson App also includes the new Digital Amp, a built-in tuner, a metronome, Gibson TV, and new songs are added every week. New Gibson App Guides are added regularly and include Tommy “Spaceman” Thayer’s favorite iconic KISS guitar solos, Richie Faulkner’s (Judas Priest) “Guide to Metal,” Jared James Nichols’ “Guide to Blues,” CELISSE’s “Guide to Songwriting,” and more.
The Gibson App uses “audio augmented reality” to provide dynamic feedback to students as they learn and play. As you pluck a note or strum a chord, the Gibson App listens to your guitar and gives you real-time feedback on your playing. It also gives students a more contextual learning experience: Instead of learning chords and scales in a vacuum, you’re able to practice on a scrolling tablature that lets you hear how you sound with the backing of a virtual band. That means you can load up “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “American Girl" by Tom Petty, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Where is My Mind" by Pixies, “Country Roads” by John Denver, “I Hate Myself For Loving You" by Joan Jett, “Heaven” by Kane Brown, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Killer Queen” by Queen,“ Sweet Child O’ Mine,” by Guns ‘N Roses, “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden, “Roxanne” by The Police, and “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “The Man Who Sold the World” by Nirvana, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz, and “Don't Look Back In Anger” by Oasis and hundreds more songs in a wide range of genres, to see how your play matches up with such seminal tracks.
As you’re playing, the Gibson App gives you feedback on timing and tone, ensuring that students are getting active input on how their play is developing. The Gibson App appeals to players of all levels, it’s not just for beginners looking to learn a few chords; the app can assist seasoned guitarists who are working their way through difficult riffs, want to learn their favorite songs, or polish their advanced techniques.
Players can also challenge themselves by speeding up or slowing the tabs. Like having a full-time guitar teacher, the Gibson App keeps track of all your progress and adjusts lesson plans accordingly. The Gibson App released a “backing track mode” which supports both lesson and song playback without headphones, so users can self-select what works best for their current environment. And that’s not all: the Gibson App also packs in a fully-featured digital tuner for guitar first-timers, there’s even a detailed lesson on how to tune your instrument, a multi-function metronome, players can connect to free one-on-one consultations with Gibson’s Virtual Guitar Tech team, and to direct links to the Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer online stores for easy shopping for guitars, gear, apparel, and accessories.
Learn Guitar With The Gibson App
The Gibson App is more than a pocket-sized guitar teacher, it’s loaded with an archive of exclusive content and original programming from its premium and accessible award-winning online network, Gibson TV, featuring music icons telling their best guitar stories, with more episodes and installments added regularly. Users can watch Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi share insights and tales from his decades-long career on the series “Icons,” dive into Joe Bonamassa’s assortment of legendary Les Paul guitars on “The Collection,” or see how Gibson’s iconic instruments are made in their Nashville factory from body to binding on “The Process.” There’s even a series called “The Scene” that focuses on backstage stories from hallowed music venues from coast to coast like The Troubadour and Grand Ole Opry.
The Gibson App free version features a few lessons a day; the premium version of the Gibson App offers full access and a 14-day free trial, then costs $19.99/£16.49 monthly or $119.99/£98.99 yearly.
For more information, please visit gibson.com.
This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
Belltone Guitars, as part of their Custom-Select System curated offering of pickups, has partnered McNelly pickups to create a one-of-a-kind retro-vibe P-90 pickup in the standard Filtertron size format. This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl, and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
The McNelly P-90 Foil-Coil comes housed in a ‘raw’ nickel outer casing with a dull nickel foil face with metal mount screw gromets to complete the ‘new-vintage’ aesthetic, making it a perfect choice for your signature Belltone custom build. Available exclusively through Belltone Guitars.
Check out the Custom-Select System belltoneguitars.com to preview the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons and all our standard and selectable components available to create your own signature Belltone. Then visit the Dream Lab on our website and select either model B-Classic ONE with its top binding or B-Classic TWO with its arm and body contours select your body color from our wide range of offerings, select your neck profile of either standard ‘C’ or thicker ’59 Round Back and either Maple or Rosewood fingerboard followed by your tuners, pickguard, and strings. Finally, review our curated custom-designed, and unique pickup selection to locate the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons to complete your signature build.
Builds start at just over $2,300.00 with a custom case and shipping included.
For more information, please visit belltoneguitars.com.
McNelly P 90 Foil Tron video Sep27
Belltone P-90 Foil-Tron Pickup
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.