When we last discussed the Line 6 POD HD500X, it was just before Christmas and I was off to do a string of shows. For the new readers, I was testing out the idea of doing live shows with nothing but the HD500X and NO AMP. Just straight into the PA, with a full band behind me. While everything did not go perfectly, it did go well enough that I can tell you, I'm completely sold on the idea.
In general, the it performed well, and no one could tell the difference. In one particular case, a fan came up after the show to see what amp I was using. The look on his face was priceless when I showed him, in fact, there was no guitar amp.
I am quite please with several of the amp models, and I don't have much trouble dialing in the slightly overdriven tube amp tone. I'm mostly using the Dr. Z Route 66 setting through the Hiwatt 412 right now, but there are ALOT of great sounds in this thing that I'll be tapping in the studio in the coming months.
As previously mentioned, all was not perfect. I had a few issues with inconsistent volume during the first two shows. I later determined it was my own fault (no surprise there).
The other problem I had was with the wah pedal, or "expression" pedal as the dudes at Line 6 would say. Every time I would use it, it would work for about 20 seconds and then the tone would simply freeze up at whatever position it was in and I could get it to "wah" anymore. I have heard rumor that there were some issues regarding the holy "expression" pedal, but I don't know for sure. Its something I'll be researching in the coming days.
Those isues aside, I got through several shows, playing for huge crowds and other professional musicians, and most of the had no idea I wasn't playing through my Mesa Boogie. This definitely bodes in Line 6's favor, since I'm now set on getting the HELIX.
...and boy was it nice to not have to load an amp up every night.