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Line 6 HD500 and DT50 amp. AKA: “How to ruin a great song with a Deluxe Reverb”

So. I really like this amp. And this guitar. And this song. Enjoy.

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  • BrandonFlanagan February 4, 2011, 7:37 pm

    Awesome job on that arrangement. Are you liking the HD500? I haven’t pulled the trigger just yet, but you and a lot of guys are getting some really great tones out of them, I’m thinking it is time.

  • DavidGarcia February 18, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Beautiful. I have got to learn some more chord melody stuff…

  • el jefe de la cucina February 19, 2011, 3:57 pm

    Thanks for the kind words.

    I’m a huge fan of the HD500. I’ve now had the POD HD for a couple of months and I’m just now starting to pull out the old tube amps again to see if I’m missing anything. There’s something rudimentary about an old Silvertone amp and a bunch of haphazardly thrown together stompboxes because the interaction is cool. The sum is greater than the parts, you know? But two things bring me back to the POD HD: The first is that the load in to a gig is basic and clean with no jiggling of cables to make sure my stompboxes don’t short out. 🙂 The second is that I REALLY love the sound of the JCM800 patch on the POD HD. Even if the whole rig was a one-channel rig, that single sound is worth the price of the POD HD and the DT50 amp. I’ve bought thousands and thousands of dollars worth of amps and stompboxes to get that kind of thump and grind out of a rig.

    And now the rig is earning its keep. I’ve already tracked a record with it and 3 commercials and it’s foolishly simple to connect to a computer via USB and be able to send off great sounding guitar tracks within an hour. No mic setup, no mic placement, no loud amps just to get a loud amp sound, no sound reinforcement, no giving the dogs a mouthful of peanut butter so they stop barking… haha

  • el jefe de la cucina February 19, 2011, 4:01 pm

    I started putting pieces together so that I had something to play while I was out doing in-store events for Taylor Guitars. First it was Billy Joel’s “To Make You Feel My Love”, then it was “Over The Rainbow”, now “Kiss From a Rose” and I’m trying to build the list so that I have about 10 tunes that I could pull off at any given time. The real trick is find a song that is obscure enough so that there aren’t a load of OTHER guitarists whose arrangements you’d need to compete with but to find a song that is well-known enough that you don’t hafta tell people what it is. I also think it’s important to try to find tunes that would sound good on both acoustic and electric.

  • Lance April 4, 2011, 10:29 pm

    lol, this is strange, on the internet guitar forums they say that the Axe-FX and Eleven Rack are “light years” ahead of the Pod HD500, they say the HD500 is a “usable backup” for their Axe-FX and Eleven Rack rigs. 🙂

    But here in the “real world” of professional musicians we have a gifted guitarist creating incredible tones using a Pod HD500.

    Thank you for posting these incredible pieces of music, and thanks for the inspiring guitar tones.

  • el jefe de la cucina April 4, 2011, 10:43 pm

    I hear you, Lance. The forums are an odd place to be, in that they’re great for getting a cursory overview of a piece of gear and its feature set. However, much of the in-depth discussion gets into opinions about which has more mojo or which one is more “authentic”. I’m at the point now to where I can find something redeeming and fun about almost any piece of gear. EVERYTHING has a feature set. 🙂