Winter NAMM 2016 – What’s Hot?

Well, it’s been a busy past year with work and family life – barely leaving time to blog.  But fear not, Rowbi couldn’t resist blogging after seeing all the news this evening about numerous guitar related gear being released at Winter NAMM!

Line 6 look to have come up trumps with the Firehawk 1500 – I recall when I first found out about this beast when it was only an idea, I was staggered that they’d fit in a 1500 watt power amp into a large combo – however when you think that the Line 6 StageSource PA speakers are 1400 watts then it seems sensible for a guitar amp come FRFR PA system.  Essentially for me, this is the Vetta III, and compared to other similar offerings it just has no competition for the great value ~£750 price tag.  Check out the cost of Boss’ new Waza Craft amp head and cabinet (it’s ~£3000, yes look again, that’s no typo) – silly money for the Boss.

Click here for more info on the Firehawk 1500.

Firehawk_1500The Amplifi range has a new baby in the Amplifi30 – Fab products all round (I have the TT and 75 courtesy of Line 6 beta testing) and the 30 watter will deliver a great solution to those needing a guitar amp/Bluetooth streaming speaker – but in a smaller and better value product.

Click here for more info on the Amplifi30.
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Next we come onto Marshall. They’re taking a very different approach with their new CODE modelling amps – only modelling their own valve amps. Of course they own prime examples of their own amps which I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand in the Marshall museum – so who better to model Marshall amps than Marshall themselves. It’s sort of a competitor to the Amplifi range above, as there’s Bluetooth editing and streaming included – however with the range of amps only being Marshall some might say it’s a bit limited… Not me though, Everyone loves Marshall amps, and you’ve got every style of amp covered here – what’s not to like! Some of the demo videos so far released show they’ve recorded the demo on the CODE25 and CODE50 combos, thus showing that the best tones are available across the whole range – not just from the flagship 100 watt head!

Click here for more info on the Marshall CODE amplifier product line.marshall-code

There’s not much to say about the FBV3 – the previous version (the Shortboard MKII) has been around a while.  It’s great to see the long list of previous products that the FBV3 works with (Going back to the Spider II, POD2, Vetta, HD147) as well as of course supporting the latest products too.  It’s essentially a Firehawk style pedal with multi colour footswitch indicators – nice1.

Click here for more info on the FBV3.FBV3

OH MY GOD!!!!!! A 20 watt Silver Jubilee head (and combo)!!!! I’m sure many guitarists prayers are answered right here.  Combo includes a Celestion G12M Greenback, and both have a 5 watt low power mode.

I’ve nothing else to say except: AWESOME!

Click here for more info on the Mini Jubilee.

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I’ve owned  and gigged with Line 6 Relay G50 and G90 units in the past and they were absolutely solid and faultless.  Pro guitarists also seem to really rate the G90 units, so I’m pleased my thoughts on them are shared by those who are more qualified than I am to make judgement.  The introduction of the G10 is a stab at simplifying what was already a simple set of wireless systems – however with any settings came a tiny bit of complexity that the average guitarists just wouldn’t want or need.  Sure a pro player needs to be able to select up to 12 different wireless frequencies, but most do not.  The G10 is so simple that I’m sure it will be a big seller!

Click here for more info on the Relay G10.

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NAMM 2015 – Line 6 Relay G70 and G75 – Evolved Wireless

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In the market for wireless?  Check these babies out!  You can connect multiple transmitters to one receiver and at the press of a button (or footswitch) switch between your instruments.

How about 8+ hours of battery life for your transmitter, tour grade metal casings, near zero latency (under 1.5ms) and uncompressed lossless sound.

I’ve previously reviewed Line 6 Relay wireless, and have gigged with a G50 and G90 units in the past – All I can say is that it’s very high quality kit, and with the cable tone settings, you can still get that tone as if you are using a cable.  Great stuff!

Line 6 UK Online Store Opens

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Line 6 have had a US online store for a long time, selling spares and accessories to US customers.
Line 6 just opened a UK online store too, selling similar accessories, including Spare James Tyler Variax (JTV) batteries, piezo pickups, knobs for PODs, wireless spares, amp spares, and US custom shop JTV guitars, among many other things.

Visit the UK store here.

Line 6 WHAT’S NEXT Musicians’ Conference Tours – London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York City.

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 Line 6 and Topspin Media present WHAT’S NEXT Musicians’ Conference in London.

Line 6, Inc. and Topspin Media are joining forces with other leading music and technology companies to present the WHAT’S NEXT Musicians’ Conference, a series of free events that will allow musicians to explore the ideas, trends and technologies that are impacting music today. Featuring panel discussions with industry experts, live artist performances, breakout sessions, music technology demos and more, WHAT’S NEXT will empower musicians to take control of their future—and chart their own path to success.

WHAT’S NEXT conferences are scheduled to take place in London, Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York City. The London event will be on 6th July at Music Bank. Used by the likes of Jimmy Page, Noel Gallagher and Corinne Bailey Rae, Music Bank is a world renowned suite of rehearsal studios in south London, and is an ideal environment for discussion and workshops around improving live performance. 
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Dream Big for Your Dream Rig

Save Big on Your Dream Rig

Line 6 Promo Offers $500 Savings on the Best-Sounding, Most Advanced Guitar System Ever

RUGBY, UK, 8TH October 2012—Line 6 UK Ltd. is pleased to announce the “Save Big on Your Dream Rig” promotion. The Line 6® Dream Rig integrates a James Tyler® Variax® guitar, DT-series amp, and POD® HD500 or HD Pro multi-effect into the world’s best-sounding, most advanced guitar system. Customers can save £325 on the entire system, or up to £125 on select components.*

From 1st October – 31st December 2012, customers visiting participating Authorized Line 6 retailers will receive £100 instant savings on DT-series amplifiers and £125 instant savings on James Tyler Variax guitars

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Line 6 Updates Wireless Microphone Range – XD-V75, XD-V55, XD-V35

Line 6 Launches New XD-V Series Digital Wireless Microphone Systems Built on 4th-Generation Digital Platform

 — The latest XD-V systems combine exclusive modeling technology with pure, 24-bit digital wireless performance —

ANAHEIM, Calif.—January 19, 2012—Line 6, Inc. (NAMM room 212A/B) introduces the XD-V75, XD-V55, and XD-V35 series digital wireless microphone systems at Winter NAMM 2012.

Featuring sophisticated microphone modeling technology, XD-V systems deliver the sound of the world’s most popular wired mics combined with a proven 4th-generation digital wireless platform. With 24-bit, 10Hz–20kHz, compander-free performance, XD-V series digital wireless systems provide unmatched, full-range audio clarity and license-free operation worldwide.

Designed for professional vocalists and performers, the new flagship XD-V75 line includes handheld, lavalier, headset and bodypack digital wireless systems. The family offers pure, 24-bit sound with unparalleled reliability and a full complement of professional features including signal encryption, dynamic filters, gain control, channel scanning and more to handle the most complex applications.

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Guitar Wireless – Getting The Best From Your Batteries

Rechargeable batteries are all well and good, and for some applications they are the best option:  For me though, I’m not willing to trust rechargeable batteries in my guitar wireless because they don’t output 1.5volts (they usually output 1.2volts) and when rechargeables start to run down, they can sudenly drop all power, which would be bad if I’m in the middle of a gig.  So regardless of the green issue, or spending money on batteries, I will be sticking to AA Alkaline (non-rechargeable) batteries.

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