Bought it at Mars Music (R.I.P) in Arlington Texas
It was a display the last one in the store since they had a going out of buisness sale. Paid $200!!! for it.
The modeling and effects are top notch. So many to choose from. It's moderately easy to use to.
The "gianormous" ammount of selection is kinda overwhelming. Not a dislike it just I am so indecisive that it becomes hard to choose.
It's also not the PODs fault that Im not too technically inclined and have a hard time with all the nobs.
Its plastic, light wieght, and I would slit my wrists if I dropped the little bugger.
Its a great preamp but a better recording device (I have yet to use it for the latter...but plan on it). Most impotantly READ THE MANUAL!!! I had to download one from www.line6.com. Go Line 6, go!
I bought the POD at Guitar Center on Sunset - paid around $275 for it along with a 4-channel footswitch made especially for the POD. I purchased it because I play in a power trio, and the music is somewhat "theatrical", so I was looking for a way to be able to diversify my sound in specific areas of certain songs.
I like a lot of the flange and chorus effects - and saving the sounds is really a breeze. I also like the feature that allows you to emulate the sound of classic amp/speaker combos, however I already play through a great Ampeg Rig with a sound that I like very much, so I rarely utilized this feature.
In spite of a wide variety of distortion options, I never really found a "fuzz" sound that did it for me - I tweaked them every way I could but could never find what I was looking for. Every setting seemed to kill that attack on each note, and it didn't allow for a distortion sound with a good PUNCH. The main thing I didn't like though, was the footswitch setup. I purchased the POD to play live and that was a mistake. There was a second of delay when I hit the switch to go from one sound to another, and I wasn't able to go from preset to preset cleanly. I think the POD would be excellent for studio work, but using it live (for my purposes anyway) just wasn't an viable option.
The unit is constructed solidly - I don't really have any "samsonite" stories where I sent it tumbling down 4 flights of stairs or anything, but it fit in my gig bag nicely and I never had any problems with it.
The bottom line is, I think the POD is good for studio work and maybe for helping to improve the sound quality of a cheap rig, but using it live simply didn't work for me.
I went to a local guitar center and saw the bass pod pro and jammed on that and i thought it was great. i have a combo so i went with the regular pod.i got it for 300.
i love how you can custimize all the sounds you want and save the on the pod. like 1 a-b-c-d all the way to 9.it makes my amp sound so much better.just make the every thing to a minimum on the amp and let the pod do it for you. and even when you save the sounds you want ,,even if the knobs get moved it wont screw the saved, cool effects too
nothing...great thing to have
durable ,,hard plastic ,, dropped mine alot and its all good.
I bought this unit from Guitar center. I paid $250 for it.
The sound is incredible. One thing is that all my guitars sound great in it, including my Les Paul Standard and my Nylon string guitar through a piezzo. Vocals and synths also sound great through it. The Bass Pod adds depth when serialed after the Guitar Pod. It sounds awesome for my 6 string bass too, of course. There is a great deal of diverse and useful amp and speaker simulators. All of the functions, and configurations are accessible on the unit itself. Software and a midi connection to a computer are not needed. I tried matching sounds to compact disk recordings of my favorite bass players. I found it fairly easy to do so, without a digital sound, or flat "warm" sound like other units have. There is also no appreciable background noise from the amps. It's a great alternative to a heavy rig, totally appartment sized. You can practice with headphones, playing as loud as you want, without disturbing/being disturbed by the neighbors. The Bass Pod also sounds great on hard drive recordings, giving a full professional sound, that fits well into the mix without too much tweaking. The best bass is the one you don't notice.
I don't like some of the effects. I like effects that are weird as long as they are useful. I can't groove into the bass synth effects on the unit. I also think there are too many distortion options. I think the unit would benefit from having reverb, delay, and classic wah effects like bass balls.
The Bass Pod is durable. I once dropped it from 4 feet high. It landed top down on the knobs. No problems. The knobs themselves have dust sheilds on them to prevent dust particles from creeping into the pots. However, the dust eventually does get in there, so I would recommend storing your unit in a drawer, box, or bag. It's definitely a road worthy unit.
I haven't tried a lot of bass effects units or bass amp simulators. I just wanted an easy to use, no hassle unit with knobs instead of a digital menu system. I wanted something that sounded good enough to record. I got way more than I expected with this unit. Priced like a practice amp, it's definitely worth the money.