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Calabasas, CA (September 28, 2007) – Line 6, Inc. has released the desktop-friendly POD X3 and the stage-ready POD X3 Live. These latest models in the popular POD series offer 78 guitar amps ranging from high-wattage heavyweights to boutique beauties and vintage treasures. They''re also loaded with 24 guitar cabs, 98 stompbox and studio effects, 28 bass amps, 22 bass cabs and six vocal preamps.

POD X3 and POD X3 Live come fully loaded with the all-around sonic firepower of a top-tier studio while its larger LCD and smart new controls make it easier to find, tweak and save tones.

POD X3 and POD X3 Live offer powerful new I/O and routing options. The signal can be split through two different amp and effect chains simultaneously, or the dual inputs can be used to individually process two instruments -- a microphone and a guitar, for example -- at the same time. When playing through a PA, amp or recording rig, a microphone can be plugged into the XLR input to make vocals and acoustic guitars sound their absolute best. Computer recording enthusiasts will want to exploit the USB 2.0 connectivity (for multi-channel recording and on-screen tone editing), as well as its S/PDIF stereo digital audio output for sending an ultra-clean signal to a DAW.

The POD X3 Live is built to endure the wear and tear of stage use. Its race car-inspired expression pedal gives you variable control of volume, wah and a number of other parameters.

“The POD X3 is unquestionably the most powerful and creative tone-shaping tool available to today’s players,” says Michael Murphy, Line 6 POD product manager. “It’s the natural evolution of POD technology, taken to the third power.”

POD X3 MSRP: $ $559.99
POD X3 Live MSRP: $ $699.99

For more information:

POD X3 info, video demo

POD X3 Live info, video demo

Line6.com

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Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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