Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Multi-effects Floor Processor

Guitar Amplifier Emulation and Multi-effects Pedal with 12 Footswitches, Expression Pedal, Aluminum Enclosure, 30 Amp/Cabinet Models, 100+ Effects Models, and Built-in 48-second Looper
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The Upgraded POD HD500X

More Processing Power Than Ever!

With the POD HD500X guitar effects processor, Line 6 has once again upped the game. Already one of the most popular and powerful guitar processors on the planet, the POD HD has been updated with an even more powerful CPU. This unit gives you instant access to a warehouse of famous amps — plus multiple cabinets, hundreds of amazing effects, and even microphone models. AND you get all of this upgraded firepower for the same price as the previous model!

  • All your dream amps — and then some!

    When it comes to tone, the POD is legendary. And with the stunning POD HD500X, the best keeps getting better!

    This pedalboard powerhouse packs 30 sought-after amps, modeled to perfection, to give you every nuance and detail of the originals — all in an ultra-portable, easy-to-use unit. Plug into the POD HD500X, and you're plugging into fantastic-sounding, HD-quality models inspired by classic Fender, Marshall, and Vox amps, as well as boutique essentials from Bogner, Dr. Z, and Divided by 13. You can even disable the power-amp portions of many amp models and pair their preamp sections with your physical amp's power section.

  • Over 100 effects in a single pedalboard!

    Line 6 didn't just fill the POD HD500X with all-star amps. You also get over 100+ premium studio and stompbox effects, 16 different cabinet models, and more! Create the exact sound you want by using up to eight simultaneous effects. And with the flexible routing options, you can place the effects anywhere you want in the signal chain.

  • Upgraded hardware for premium performance

    Line 6 beefed up the CPU in the POD HD500X, giving you more processing power for better sound. All new professional-grade, backlit footswitches let you easily see what effects and settings you're using, even on dark stages. Add to that a brighter display and you have the most user-friendly POD yet. You get all of this for the same price as the POD HD500!

  • Play two rigs at the same time!

    Love two-amp guitar rigs? Line 6 lets you build your own, right inside the POD HD500X! You can actually create two independent amp and effects signal chains and blend them to run into one amplifier or route them out of the POD HD500X's 1/4" and XLR outputs in true stereo. You'll sound bigger and better than ever, onstage or in the studio!

  • All the analog connections you need!

    Although it's incredibly simple to use, the POD HD500X comes fully equipped with all the connectivity you need for live or studio work. Plug your guitar in and run an output to your amp; you're ready to rock! A stereo effects send/return lets you add your own rack effects or pedals to the mix. Or use the POD HD500X's balanced outputs and inject your signal straight into a live or studio mixer.

  • Connect directly to your DAW!

    Recording great guitar tones and more has never been easier, thanks to the POD HD500X's dedicated USB output, S/PDIF jacks, and AES/EBU connections. You don't have to bother with space-hogging amps and expensive mics; just plug right into your DAW, and it's as if you've set up a roomful of iconic amps, cabs, and effects, miked up and ready to go. The AES/EBU output jack also doubles as a link XLR jack, which lets you connect directly to Line 6's DT Series amps and StageSource speakers. Do you already have a Line 6 Variax guitar? You'll love the dedicated Variax input!

Amp Models

   POD HD500X includes HD amps based on*
   the amps listed below.
  • Bogner® Uberschall
  • Divided by 13 JRT 9/15
  • Dr. Z® Route 66
  • ENGL® Fireball 100
  • Fender® Bassman® ("Normal" channel)
  • Fender® Bassman® ("Bright" channel)
  • Fender® Blackface Deluxe Reverb® ("Normal" channel)
  • Fender® Blackface Deluxe Reverb® ("Vibrato" channel)
  • Fender® Twin Reverb® ("Normal" channel with "Bright" switch off)
  • Fender® Twin Reverb® ("Vibrato" channel with "Bright" switch on)
  • Gibson® EH-185
  • Hiwatt® Custom 100 (DR103)
  • Line 6 Doom
  • Line 6 Epic
  • Line 6 Elektrik
  • Marshall® JCM-800 (2204)
  • Marshall® JTM-45 MkII ("Bright" channel)
  • Marshall® JTM-45 MkII ("Normal" channel)
  • Marshall® "Plexi" 1959 Super Lead ("Normal" channel)
  • Marshall® "Plexi" 1959 Super Lead ("Bright" channel)
  • Mesa/Boogie® Dual Rectifier®
  • Park 75 ("Bright" channel)
  • Park 75 ("Normal" channel)
  • Soldano® SLO100 ("Clean")
  • Soldano® SLO100 ("Crunch")
  • Soldano® SLO100 ("Overdrive")
  • Supro® S6616
  • Vox® AC-15
  • Vox® AC-30 (Top Boost)
  • Ampeg® B-15NF Portaflex®

*All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6's sound model development.


  • Digital Delay
  • Analog Echo
  • Analog w/ Mod
  • Tape Echo
  • Tape Echo Dry Thru
  • Multi-Head
  • Sweep Echo
  • Sweep Echo Dry Thru
  • Reverse
  • Tube Echo
  • Tube Echo Dry Thru
  • Lo Res Delay
  • Digital Delay w/ Mod
  • Stereo Delay
  • Ping Pong
  • Dynamic Delay
  • Auto-Volume Delay
  • Echo Platter
  • Echo Platter Dry Thru
  • Opto Tremolo
  • Bias Tremolo


  • Tube Drive
  • Screamer
  • Overdrive
  • Classic Distortion
  • Heavy Distortion
  • Colordrive
  • Buzz Saw
  • Facial Fuzz
  • Jumbo Fuzz
  • Fuzz Pi
  • Jet Fuzz
  • Line 6 Drive
  • Line 6 Distortion
  • Sub Octave Fuzz
  • Octave Fuzz
  • Boost Comp
  • Volume Pedal
  • Bass Octaver

Compressors and EQs

  • Red Comp
  • Blue Comp
  • Blue Comp Treb
  • Vetta Comp
  • Vetta Juice
  • Tube Comp
  • Noise Gate
  • Graphic EQ
  • Studio EQ
  • Parametric EQ
  • 4 Band Shift EQ
  • Mid Focus EQ


  • Tron Up
  • Tron Down
  • Seeker
  • Obi Wah
  • Voice Box
  • V Tron
  • Throbber
  • Spin Cycle
  • Comet Trails
  • Slow Filter
  • Octisynth
  • Synth-O-Matic
  • Attack Synth
  • Synth String
  • Growler
  • Q Filter
  • Vetta Wah
  • Fassel
  • Weeper
  • Chrome
  • Chrome Custom
  • Throaty
  • Conductor
  • Colorful
  • Smart Harmony
  • Pitch Glide


  • '63 Spring
  • Lux Spring Reverb
  • Vintage Plate Reverb
  • Room
  • Chamber
  • Hall
  • Ducking
  • Octo
  • Cave
  • Tile
  • Echo
  • Particle Verb

The most powerful POD HD yet!

The upgraded CPU in the Line 6 POD HD500X gives you more processing power when you really need it. Tons of memory-heavy effects can take a toll on any system, but the upgraded CPU of the POD HD500X has the extra horsepower needed for even the most effects-laden presets.

Memory-heavy effects can be a barrier in your creative process. (Photo of POD HD500.)

The POD HD500X offers more power to let you design the tones you want.

Additional Media

POD HD500X Advanced Guide
POD HD500X Quick Start Guide

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Multi-FX
Number of Effects 100+ Effects
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 30 HD Amp Models
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/4". 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" Aux, 1 x 1/8", 1 x 1/4" Pedal Input, 2 x 1/4" FX Returns
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4", 2 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" Headphone Out, 1 x 1/4" FX Send, L6 Link
Digital Inputs 1 x Variax Input
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF
MIDI I/O In, Out/Thru
Computer Connectivity USB
Power Supply Included Yes
Height 2.91"
Width 21.5"
Depth 10.29"
Weight 10.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 99-060-1805

Customer Reviews

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Just what I needed

I have been debating several years after losing all of my pedals and amplifiers in Katrina(not to mention 9 guitars). So, I am sure every one knows the story, you listen to effects and amps until you are blue in the face. Then you also listen to recommendations from sales people at your local music stores. I had purchased a few but never quite got what I was looking for. Sweetwater and Line 6 to the rescue!!!!!! Not only was the product recommendation SPOT on by my super sales rep Aston but the product was perfect for my needs and ecveeded all my needs and wants. Thanks again !


This is an incredible piece of equipment. There are endless possibilities for modeling sounds. I am amazed with what I have been able to accomplish in a short period of time. Thank you Sweetwater and Jason Koons and thank you LINE6 for making such a fine piece of equipment.
Music background: Guitar player

Good as a Ax-FX II

I have not been one to ever use anything outside of analog pedals and all valve amplifiers. I play blues, classic rock and some prog rock. I never thought I would be so impressed by a mulit-effects board for the style and warmth I need in my playing. Whether playing live through my Joe Satriani Marshall, stright into a console or just using it in my bedroom with headphones on; this Line 6 HD500X does it all. It took me a few hours to finally get ahold of all the functions but now I use this every time I play. I used a Fractle Audio Ax-Fx II a year ago at a trade show and the Line 6 is just as good if not better. Also a Fractle Ax-Fx II costs over $4000. Yikes!! This is the best investment I have made in my gear purchases by far. The versitility of this is simply amazing. Rock, country, gospel, metal, country. Guitar or bass. This is a brillient piece of hardware. Solid state electronics have come a long way and are only getting better.
Music background: Hobbyist

No more lugging my heavy amps.

I am a touring musician. I have a Mesa Boogie Mark V, bunch of stomp boxes and lots of cables. I probably have more cables than stomp boxes in my set-up. I also use silent sister iso cab to minimize stage volume. Our band plays in schools, usually in a very small auditorium. So, controlling the stage volume is really a big deal. We play a wide variety of music, from jazz to metal and anything in between. And so I thought the Mark V was perfect for that. It was amazing with only one problem, they are HEAVY! We play in different schools couple times a week. Sometimes, couple times in one day. And most of the time, we dont have much time in between gigs to unload the van, set up, play an hour set, tear down, load it back on the van, drive to the next venue and do it again. With my rig, It takes me at least 20 minutes to set up all my crap, just couple of seconds ahead of the drummer. I bought the HD500x because I am exhausted. I've read the reviews so I decided to jump on it. I was hesitating at first because most, if not all of the videos I watched on youtube was bedroom or recording musicians. Not a whole lot of live situations. But anyhow, we had our Christmas Concert this weekend. It was held in McMahon Memorial Auditorium in Lawton, OK. It was a big stage but we had a full brass orchestra going on so there's not a whole lot of room. But that's not a problem for me anymore because I didn't bring any amp. Set up was less than 5 minutes, less clutter, I used one cable, and that was the xlr going to the board. It sounded AWESOME! After the show, I had a lot of compliments from the audience and my bandmates. My bass player told me I sounded the same as if I was playing on the Mark V. The HD500x looks and feels like it's built to last. I have it on my pedaltrain pro with hard case, it fits nicely with the line 6 wireless relay. All in all, this is a great purchase. I thought about buying the Axe FX but which gigging musician has the money for that? I sounded the same from Mark V to HD500x. I would probably sound the same If I play on an Axe FX.
Music background: Professional Musician

Incredible Unit, Incredible versitality!

I purchased this as I got a chance to try a friend of mine's HD500. It sounded pretty good, so I pulled the trigger, and now am very happy I did. One thing I discovered that is not well documented or highlighted, is that if you are diligent, you can run this unit as two separate mono effects by placing each channel's effects in the parallel branches (check out the manual to see what I am talking about) and route the signals out left and right, by panning the mixer hard left and right. I play a tapping instrument where the low 4 strings have a different output than the upper four strings. so I can run a fliptop amp on the bass side and a blackface on the treble side, and also mix volume levels accordingly. Another thing is that you can use this as a midi controller, and use effects! I use the expression pedal to control my synth mod wheel, and also the volume of my tapper. So that as I increase the mod wheel and the resulting crazyness via the expression pedal, I also can raise the volume of my instrument to compensate. Amazing! I have also program the footswitches to play certain notes on my ipad synths and with the mod wheel, it gets really fun... I have compared the quality of tones against the high end mega pedals and rack mount gear, and the HD500X is right up there. My only complaint is the lack of individual effect documentation. The unit even has a Vocoder effect that can take a mic input, but I have not been able to figure it out, I can't find any documentation. Weird. I'm giving this 5 stars as every day I am pulling more rabbits out of it's hat, and very high quality rabbits too...!
Music background: Semi Pro Musician (yes, oddly, I get paid!)

Sweetwater Advice

Dan Wagoner

Playing in a cover band on the weekends, I understand the need to have a diverse arsenal of guitar tones. We have a choice: either buy hundreds of dollars worth of effects pedals and a collection of amps to get that tonal variety, or (for a fraction of the price), get one multi-effects processor with all the pedals and amp sounds built-in. For me, the Line 6 Pod HD500X was an obvious choice. It can emulate Bogners, Mesa/Boogies, Fenders, and the list goes on. Plus I can record easily via USB. It works as my "Swiss Army knife," as well as giving me my tone junkie "fix.
See also: Multi Effects Pedals, Line 6, Line 6 Multi-effects