Better than ever--with firmware update
i've had this amp a few weeks now and love it. At first I as disappointed because I couldn't seem to get the hard rock eighties-type distortion I like with the standard tube overdrive knob. The sound was too bassy and dirty for my taste--although I'm sure many def metal players would love it, as is. Recently, however, I downloaded the new flash memory/firmware update for the amp, which triples the number of effects you can access on the amp. Included in this new effects bundle are several different kinds ofstortion you can use to supplement the tube overdrive. The "classic distortion" for instance is brighter and crisper than the bass-heavy overdrive that is standard on the amp. There are also tons of high quality effects available. You can create virtually any sound you want with this amp, from standard clean and overdrive and killer distortion tones to far out wah-wah, vibrato, pitch glide harmonics, extreme delay and echo effects, various kinds of compression for extreme sustaion and spooky, cavernous reverb. One caveat: you should be aware that to get the most out of this incredible amp, you really have to buy the "optional" FBV shortboard footswitching device, and hook the thing up to your computer to download the latest updates and use Line 6's editing software to easily and precisely craft your own presets. You don't need to be a computer whiz to enjoy this amp--anyone under forty shouldn't have any problems--but you do need to have basic computer skills. This amp also requires that you be willing to actually read the five or six short manuals for it that are online. So, although it may require a little more effort to really get going with this amp, it's definitely worth it.