Line 6 Flextone III XL
Line 6 Flextone III XL

Flextone III XL, Modelling Combo Guitar Amp from Line 6 in the Flextone series.

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Average Score:3.9( 3.9/5 based on 13 reviews )
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Value For Money : Poor

JeffTadashi's review"Portable, versatile combo amp that is loud!"

Line 6 Flextone III XL
The Line 6 Flextone III Xl is a combo guitar amp with two 12-inch speakers, 150-watt stereo power amp, 32 vetta-based amp models, 12 effects, and 16 speaker cabinet simulation options. It also has stereo xlr direct out (with cab and mic modeling), effects loops, midi in, midi out, headphone out, and external speakers out.


Like most Line 6 products, this little combo amp is extremely versatile! It's relatively easy to control all the amp settings on this thing, even with all the added effects, cabinet choices and such. You can easily switch between 6 delays (from the famed DL-4), and adjust the overall level of the effect. There is also a tap tempo button (that flashes with the tempo). If you control the amp with a midi controller, you can also make more fine adjustments to the delay, along with other various amp parameters. This can get a little confusing, especially if you want to make these adjustments. But for the most part, it isn't necessary to do this. There are also 6 mod effects, and a toggle-able gate and compressor.


The main event, the guitar amplifiers and cabinet simulations, don't disappoint, as long as you don't expect them to do miracles. I mainly use super-cleans and heavy Mesa tones, and it does a wonderful job with cleans. The Mesa emulations are certainly not as good as the real thing, but for a little combo amp, they sound descent. I find that the heavier and more saturated the distortion is, the worst solid-state emulation tends to sound, and this is no exception. However, if you are using this amp for lighter tones, with lighter indie distortions, this amp sounds great.

You can mix and match any of the 32 amp simulations with any of the 16 guitar cab simulations, including a no-cab mode. Since the sounds are playing through the combo amp's cab, the no-cab mode does still sound usable, and in some cases, it sounds the best, if you are looking for a more transparent sound.


Overall, this is a very flexible, and portable amp that can do many things pretty well, as long as you don't expect it to sound just like an amp worth thousands of dollars. It is extremely loud for it's size, as it certainly stands up to a Mesa half-stack just fine.

MGR/3shiftgtr's review"Line 6 Flextone III XL"

Line 6 Flextone III XL
Nice vinyl cover with a tweed grillecloth that gives it a retro/boutique look. The controls are top mounted, and are well lit and laid out for dark stages and the back is open. There is a speaker extension jack that clips the combo's speaker's out. There is a nice series stereo efx loop that actually works quite nicely. There is a midi in and out, as well as stereo XLR direct outs (like a pod). For the past 20 years, I have been a working full time pro that has several rigs for several musical situations: from fusion and jazz to country to progressive metal to cover band rock/RandB/funk.

I bought it used with an FBV shortboard and a vinyl amp cover from craigslist for $400.

What I like about the unit is that it is NOT a tube amp. I can take it to cover gigs, where the power is often sketchy, and get a wide variety of tones with an amp and the floorboard. It doesn't cost me $100 in tubes every time I play a gig with crappy power. And it has a wide variety of tones. Yes they are modeled and not the same as the real thing, but it can get a better Dual Rec tone than my Peavey Classic 30, knowhatimsayin'? The tones are very usable and there are plenty of them. They are also ALOT better than the spider stuff they sell. The distortions I use are plenty dynamic for cover band work. It also records direct just as good as a POD. The XLR outs are decent for live work if a bit sterile. The amp also seems to work best with low output pickups. And the unit works well when used with the stereo loop for nice spacious stereo tones. And the tweakability of the patches is quick and easy. And the accessibility with the FBV is very intuitive.

Well, what I don't like about the unit is the same thing I like it for: no tubes. The best tone comes from great tube amps....IMHO. But they can be finicky, and unreliable for a variety of reasons. Solid state is MUCH cheaper, and less susceptible to power problems, and less heartbreak and expense when they go down. I use this amp in a sense, to relieve my other tube wonders. Would I use it for a master session for an artist? No. For a cover band? You betcha>> Tone wise the cleans are a bit stringent as are the direct out tones. The speakers, which are custom Celestions, are called to deliver everything from Dual Rec sounds and Fender like cleans, which is a tall order, often bark differently with different tones. They also have a volume sweet spot. They don't sound as good pushed hard, or at low volumes as they do a decent club stage volumes. Which sucks for tweaking. Also, you have to write the patch names from the FBV and it takes 4 ever.

The unit is very well built, and has taken everything I have dished out so far....Probably 100 gigs in the past year and a half...

Will it replace my 92, Dual Rectifier Tremoverb combo? Or my Marshall Silver Jubilee? Or my Voodoo modded Fender Blues Deluxe? My AC15? My Rivera? Hell, I'd get rid of the Line6 before my Peavey Classic 30. But this thing is reliable, and versatile. To me, modeling is the same as a 'picture' of a tone. It ain't the same thing. But it ain't bad neither. In fact it is damn decent. If you need a solid performer that delivers a BUNCH of natural sounding, decent tones, with the stereo thing as a bonus, the Flextone III XL is the way to go.

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MGR/The Earl of Moon09/13/2004

MGR/The Earl of Moon's review"Line 6 Flextone 3 XL"

Line 6 Flextone III XL
Bought it new in the UK £549.00

At first it was a fun thing with all the gizmos, knobs and tweeks, computer midi editing etc.

The only thing that I now like is the look.

I spent too much time playing with the amplifier rather than playing music, going on-line downloading patches, plugging it into the computer via midi cables. Then you discover that you will only ever use two or three patches and you have 90 of the little buggers to play with! Most of them you would not even think about using as they are totally useless. And at first the sound 'seemed' like a valve amp. however, when you place a real valve amp side by side and plug from one to the other, there is just no match at all, the valve amps win every time. It is impossible to get a valve sound using solid state circuitry!
The amp is loud without quality.

Very well constructed. one redeeming feature at least. And it looks great.

If you want to look great, then get a line 6 anything. But if you want to play real guitar, get yourself a real valve amp!

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MGR/Mike's review"Line 6 Flextone III XL"

Line 6 Flextone III XL
I bought this at American Music Supply in downtown Syracuse for $500 brand new (usually goes for 700). I purchased this amp because it had all the features I wanted, amp simulation, enough wattage for shows, effects, and more.

This amp supplies me with more than enough power, has a direct XLR output for recording, nice effects, and does a great job with amp simulation (even though I only use about two presets!)It gives off great sound for a great price, is good for shows and recording.

There isn't much that I don't like about the amp, the biggest concern I have is with the noise gate, it works great with taking away the noise, but leaves about a second of hiss after you mute a note. This is pretty bad for recording and live shows, but isn't too big of a problem.

This amp was put together very well, I haven't had a problem with it yet!

The Line 6 Flextone III XL is a great amp, it has only very few minor flaws, but the positives more than make up for them. Great sound, perfect for both recording and gigging, I would recommend this to anyone searching for a great amp at a great price!

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MGR/Duane's review"Line 6 Flextone III XL"

Line 6 Flextone III XL
Actally my wife bought it for a gift. I play in a Praise band and my amplifier has been going for a while now. Sticker price was $1350.00 but she got it for $575.00

The amp modeling and effects are great. Easy to dial in what you need and the ability to store sounds is great.

So far there is nothing I can do with this that I can't do with my RP100 pedal. I haven't found anything bad about it yet.

Construction is great. Very well put together. The celestion speakers are quality sound.

Overall for the little time I've had it, it meets all the demands of power and sound I need to fill a large room. Great work from a great line of amps.

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dmlb's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Line 6 Flextone III XL
Amp modlisation

Power: 150 watts

Connectors very UNESCORecords: effects loop, XLR outputs, headphone jack, possibility to add
an optional HP, midi ports ...

32 amp models and 16 models of speakers.
Various built-in effects (chorus, flanger, phaser, rotary, U-vibe, tremolo, 6 types of delays and reverb)


The setup is fairly simple, but even when I took some time before
to find my sound.
The manual is pretty clear, in French with the description of each modlisation amp.
I succeeded asser quickly get very good sound, but we must take into account MODEL speaker chosen because the sound changes, all the while as modlisations HP.


This amp is perfect for playing different styles, from blues to hard rock funk etc ...
on the other hand I do not use it for metal. There are few sounds but Metal Group
we do not hear very well (the second guitar player played on a Peavey 6505 head lamps).
A shuffled to avoid at all with lights so if you want to be heard (I use a Metal head ENGL Powerball and we get along).

For modlisations I do not use any.
I like the Mesa triple rectified and Marshall JCM 800 for distos.
on the other hand at clean sounds were a wide range of very good sounds,
I love the cleans this amp sounds.

The MODEL XL is very strong with 150 watts and 2 HP 12 "and the sound is good presents if you made the right rglages.

It is possible to put the sounds of the amp to date via your PC and MIDI but personally I have NEVER managed to make us recognize my amp for my PC, noon n'tant often not recognized by windows (t really have a simpler USB). For this reason j'enlve a point about the overall score.


I use it for 1 year and a half.
The price quality ratio is not bad since the Flextone III XL is around 600 euros new.

Like the number of sound posibilities.

I hate this system update almost impossible to use.

Much better quality than the same when Spider.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Line 6 Flextone III XL
Well, I return to LINE6!! a rip-off, this amp has 32 presets ... but you will pay € 300 in order to achieve: The FBV2, 4, Express does not provide access to four presets access. A shame! Go your way if you are not wealthy, this amp is not for you. I saved a long time for me to pay one time, then my FBV fails, € 300 to find out my presets, I think I'll sell all my stuff LINE6!




.. When you can have access, it is!


Far too expensive to access the complete operation. It's a scam and no one says anything, when you buy this amp, you buy 4 presets for the rest it will switch back to the cashier.

ruok's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Line 6 Flextone III XL
Adj silent while earlier, powerful amplifier


Easy to use, you can easily find a son.patchs gacilements findable on the net.


I play blues rock, metal. this amp sounds terrible when you are playing alone, in group c the disaster, the sound is eaten by other instruments. no dynamics, no prsence.


I have used for a year. this amp is made so that we can immediately find
its "sound". convenient size, rugged but the severe lack of personality dynamics and gave me a stack of all lamps in MARSCHALL c and the slap at both of its portfolio that ;-) but for me the sounds modeling a t a pat me to find my sound but nothing beats the lamps.

YoLtA's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Line 6 Flextone III XL
-Modlisation (lamps are virtual .. but has made friends
-2 X 75 watt speakers with Celestion C12P-80 that t priori, specially Designed by Celestion for MODEL. Because of all the possibilities of modlisations amp if DIFFERENT with characters, it took HP to neutral as possible.
-See other view, the Line 6 site and the doc tlchargeable in French for these dtails.


Everything is impeccable.
Despite the number of possibilities, use is intuitive, no need to bone up for hours .. Reois you, you and your scratching his arms .. you do the tests and you think: "Wow"
The doc is super well done. If you have a specific need, you go to the doc and you find what you are looking for this or her mind that with clear explanations scribed in a spirit of fun (not cold and boring technique) ... you read the descriptions of the amps on offer and you say "a, a can do" ... you select, you refine and .. way to new adventures.

Petite important info: If you purchase a FBV or FBV shortboard pdalier, the documentation of these is the doc with the amp ... has surprised many with an APRS what I read on forums. You can read my opinion on the Line 6 FBV pdalier.


I will focus on the fact that I made this choice because I played with instruments DIFFERENT, with "characters" diffrent, and having so many amps that sound DSIR .. loved by side, a mishap has taken the head ("what choice, lamp, transistor, I put 100, 200, 250 euros more or not?, What's, typ funky large mtal that hard, a rock the Stone of Pearl Jam, a jazzy felt or more John Scofield) .. L .. is everything I need for 6120 Gretsch - Gibson Les Paul Studio and Fender Tele Thinline 72. (And I have yet to test the srieusement modlisations to play acoustic).

Note that it is mainly in vintage sound that I pick. So to sound more "modern", we must see what the Line 6 amp modlisations latest issue and again, the Flextone are so many in the belly that a can may be do .. Try store in this case.

For the Flextone III XL, see the Line 6 site and download the doc to be aware of all the modlisations Marshall amp, Fender Deluxe or not, Vox, Mesa Boogie, etc. .. provisions which are not counting mix heads and bodies that can be effectus.
The Flextone is for modlisations that is to be of this nature, a potato and personally impressive, the volume does not Exceeds levels 4-5 in RPET because otherwise ... ! plasterboard and drop beams flicker and RPET is sponsored by Alka Setzer home (tribute to Brian .. DSOL rotten joke: o)
I conclude by saying that I have this amp for a little over 3 years and I have to purchase one of pdalier CONTRL FBV (with a volume pedals and a p dale Wah Wah and how!) .. c and ecstasy absolute because it can operate the amp with an effects ACCS house grant a database of 36 DIFFERENT modlisations amp, with the possibility to activate or not the effects on an individual basis (Reverb, Delay, Comp, etc. ..) and Intgr tuner. Modlisations the factory are available trs trs high quality and varied.

For 1000.00 euros (Amp = 600.00 in the month of May 2008 pdalier FBV + = 400.00 at same time), this gives moultes amps (I place a cast that also: o) typ s vintage of more jazzy than metal (several tens of amps besides research houses) and a trs pdalier of high quality (I think, and only my opinion and my exprience , but the dnaturer bte than to add effects collection outdoor as it has everything you need should be the o ... pdalier of the CONTRL powered son of over everywhere, power supplies that are crap, etc. ..)


-For a little over 3 years.
-I love its simplicity. J'tais trs complex to speeches always trs techniques when it came to choosing the gear ... I slow the brain, and I need a little time to master all .. then to buy the stuff (without the risk of being or having one's got to missing a little something) to avail BUDGET (without typing in the first price that will not matter repeated and to play out on scne or in the high-end I am not available financirement saw a can type trs trs above) this type of amp is a marvel because it offers opportunities which, if not endless, are many, many trs, damn many!
-His only weakness is the weight ... but hey, an apse amp in any case, the friend and Flextone pulls a little on the back ... "Case" wheels (home-made Thomann cool prizes) advises to ease its budget ostopathe
I remake that choice every day by plugging it and I always find what I'm looking like her.
I do not know how long I will be (c tough when even), but without swearing on an uncertain future, I think my choice of any fawn will go to an amp modlisation .. which brand? .. future is full of surprises, but Line 6 is the bloody good work!
-Report qualitprix? Issue as difficult as everything is relative. I would say that for all Amp / Pedal 1000.00 euros I found exactly, the hair prs what I wanted and it allows me to move because I sound .. more exactly the sounds I want to be without the.
-Happy to have shared my enthusiasm

Max82's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Line 6 Flextone III XL
See below.


Easy to use. You can make adjustments to the knobs instinctive, but the interest of the beast is no doubt that it was designed for the road.
Those who enjoy many concerts: you prepare before you leave your little interface with presets pc / mac, you paufines repeating and voilou, concert after concert, nothing to touch, t'allumes and you're ready to play.
The pedal is powered by the amp and it ROYAL; more galleries of power supply in the forefront (of cables around the feet, it's over), you got the names of your tracks that appear (you have prepared before you) on your pedals backlit recess, built-in tuner ...
In short, on stage, you have a jack and the cord that goes from the amp to the pedal. That's it!

Not to mention that there is no need to dub the micro amp outputs (mono or stereo) for these purposes are extras. And as the volume knob on the amp is independent of the level that is sent out on these and many not need to put the volume to donf on stage in handy when you're in a small club and you have the amp in mouth ... And the level will be at the front when the coat to him!


Well, nothing to say. I played in on all the lamps (Laney VC100 + analog pedals of all kinds, a very British), but it was among the buzz, fragile lamps (again, on the road is important ... ) and just the sound quality, I prefer the Flextone ...

Those who think it's like a pod plugged into a power amp are wrong. And for good reason
before moving to the Flextone I tested in a small pod xt tour in the power amp of my laney. The sound was certainly good, but in fact nothing to do with the Flextone.
Why? Because that line6-out worked hard and developed a power amplifier adapted to this technology. In the end, it was an impressive dynamic and it should be noted that this amp is stereo! The two speakers of the amp is stereo! What makes your ping pong delay sounds in stereo, for example, guaranteed! And you find this in the stereo sound output also thanks to ...

Power level is the bomb, I never exceeded 4 ... In short, game guarantees comfort while being sure that what comes out the front is just as good!

How many times I met galéraient guitarists who live with their two bodies engl; donf have to make to make it sound ... and who came to see me at the end saying: "damn, that sounds pretty your thing here ... what is it?". I think today, the stack has no purpose except for style (but when you bringing your amp, the style quickly you forget ...) and studio recess.
In short, I do not spit above the stacks and the whole lamp, but I think that live there is not even possible comparison is so convenient and it sounds.

Personally, I used the line 6 also in the studio (pod xt pro, most complete studio that Flextone).
That's the only amp I plan after it is vetta2 ... And again, I think the Flextone is logically stronger than the Vetta (no screen) and it is a factor not to be overlooked when considering touring with.


I use it for 2 years now.
Everything is saying is the bomb live.

Really tried for those who do not know.