PODxt Live vs. POD X3 Live Review

If you were wondering whether to get the older version PODxt Live or the newer POD X3 Live, hopefully my review will give you crucial information you can use to make a more informed decision.

After some careful debating, online research, and consideration I took the plunge and bought a PODxt Live. This is my review of how I bought it, what I think of it, and how I think it compares to the POD X3 Live (which is the newer more expensive version.

Line 6 has revolutionized “modeling pedals” and the ways guitarists get tones and sounds. They make many different produts, the most famous of which is the kidney bean shaped “POD” that many of us either love or hate. That has evolved into many different versions, including a rack mounted POD, and the floor version for the live stage – which are the original “Podxt Live” and the newer “Pod X3 Live”.

Here’s both versions:

Line 6 POD XT Live Guitar Multi Effects Pedal Standard

Line 6 POD XT Live Guitar Multi Effects Pedal Standard

Rugged steel construction. 11 channel select and effect on/off footswitches. Built-in wah/volume/tweak pedal. 84 pro-quality stompbox and studio effects. 36 amp models. 24 cab models. 4 mic models. Award-winning technology and sounds from the Vetta II amp. 128 programmable channels. Variax digital input. USB digital I/O. Line 6 Edit software for computer editing and direct digital recording.

Line 6 POD X3 Live Guitar Multi Effects Pedal Standard

Line 6 POD X3 Live Guitar Multi Effects Pedal Standard

Inputs & Outputs. 1/4" Instrument Input (w/ Normal/Pad Switch). XLR Microphone Input (w/ Trim Adjust). USB 2.0 for Computer Recording & Tone Editing. S/PDIF Stereo Digital Audio Output. Stereo 1/4" Line Outputs (with Amp/Line Pad Switch). Stereo XLR Balanced Line Outputs. 1/4" Stereo Effect Loop. Variax Digital Connector. 1/4" Expression Pedal Input. Midi In & Out/Thru. 1/4" Stereo Headphones Out. FBV Connector for optional Pedal Controller. 1/8" Stereo (CD/MP3) Jam Along Input. Controls. Expansive Backlit LCD Display. 8 Chrome "Amp Control" Knobs: Drive, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence, Reverb, Tone Volume, Master Volume. 5 Metal Stompbox On/Off Footswitches: Amp, Stomp, Mod, Delay, Comp/Boost. Built-in Heavy-Duty Wah/Volume/Expression Pedal. Metal Tap Tempo/Tuner Footswitch. Dedicated Bank Up/Down & A/B/C/D Metal Footswitches for Preset Selection. Dedicated "Dual Tone" Control Metal Footswitch. 5 Context-Sensitive Pa

Pod XT Live and Pod X3 Live Comparison

Here are the main differences between the two units that I’ve observed:

  • XT is $399 retail, X3 is $499 retail
  • XT has 36 guitar amps, X3 has 76
  • XT has 84 stompbox and studio effects, X3 has 98
  • XT has no vocal preamps (or vocal input), X3 has 6
  • XT is USB 1.1, X3 is USB 2.0 (faster) conneciton
  • XT can do one tone at once, X3 can blend 2 patches together
  • XT has a smaller LCD display, X3’s is nearly double the size
  • XT has traditional out, X3 has S/PDIF and XLR out in addition to 1/4″ jacks

When I first decided to get the “Live” Pod I was going to get the X3 Live since it was the newest version. And if money is no object – you should as well. But I wanted to get a “gently used” one on eBay so I poured over auctions for a day and snagged up a Buy it Now auction for $265 for what I thought was the X3. Later that day I realized I hadn’t paid attention and I’d bought an POD “XT” Live. I was angry at first, but realized most of the X3’s were selling from $380-$450, so price wise I feel I had gotten a good deal. What I didn’t know was feature wise whether or not I should re-sell it and get an updated X3 or not.

What I didn’t know about Line 6 and Pod’s…

I think Line 6 has got some great products, but what they also have is a cash cow. With and “POD” product there is always “more” to buy. With my Podxt Live, the Line 6 Monkey software ( to update it ) is free, and Line 6 Edit Software ( to edit the patches using a computer ) is free as well. But Line 6 has “add-ons” that are kind of essential that cost money.

Model Packs
My Podxt Live came with 36 guitar amps and the X3 has 76. There are 2 amp packs you can buy “Metalshop” and “Collector Classics” and each is $49.95. Metalshop gives you 18 additional amps, and this pack I did purchase – and it was worth it for the Bogner and JCM-900 amp models alone. The collector classics packs has 18 additional amps as well. This means that there are 4 amps in the X3 you can’t get any other way, but you can upgrade your XT with these 2 packs and get nearly all the amps in an X3 – it’ll just run you $99 to get them. I don’t have the Collector Classics pack – I don’t know if I’ll ever have a need to get it.

Gearbox is an application that gives you an additial way to edit and store your tones, but also it has a “plugin” that allows you use your PODxt Live (or other POD’s) for digital recording on your computer. So, if you have Pro-Tools, Steinberg, Cubase, Cakewalk, or other recording software, you won’t be able to record using your POD and it’s tones without this Gearbox plugin – which is $99.

So depending on what you need to use your POD for, you might need to spend some extra $$ right out of the box!

Buy the POD XT or POD X3 Live?

Now that I own a PODxt Live, I am VERY happy with it and it gives me some of the most awesome tones! I use it for metal, pop, country, blues, and modern rock sounds. I have read reviews of the X3 live that say the footswitch buttons (on some early units) are either faulty or break easily. There have also been many reports of issues with the Variax and microphone inputs. Many units have had to be replaced, but many say that the newer versions are updated without these issues. I have heard of none of these issues with the Pod XT.

If you are trying to make a decision on which to buy – I would say that it pretty much depends on the money (how much you are willing to spend) and whether or not you care about the digital outputs. The two-tone blending of the X3 would be nice, but is not a “must-have” for probably 95% of guitarist out there. I think what I’ll do is probably use the XT for another 6 months or more, and then buy an X3 – and keep the XT as my backup.

In any event – you can use the links above for new retail versions of the POD XT Live and POD X3 Live, or follow these links to get a bargain on a gently used one on eBay in live auctions right now…

Line 6 Pod XT Live Multi-Effects Guitar Effect Pedal

USD 68.00 (9 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 00:23:13

Line 6 Pod XT Live Multi-Effects Pedal *No Power Supply* P-01158

USD / 114.26 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 08:32:46

Line 6 Pod XT Live Multi-Effects Guitar Effect Pedal PRO GUITAR TONE W/ adaptor

USD 65.14 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 17:37:42


USD 296.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 22:41:45

Line 6 POD XT Live

USD 22.20 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 06:15:16

Line 6 FG5 Padded Gig Bag for POD HD500, POD xt Live, and POD X3 Live +Picks

USD 68.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 20:41:53

Ross Bailey Ultimate Gear Guides POD 2.0 XT & Live Lick Library DVD NEW!

USD 16.59 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 15:31:48

USB PC Cable Cord For Line 6 Bass Pod XT Live Multi-Effects Pedal Studio X3 KB37

USD 5.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 01:49:51

USB Cable Cord For Line 6 Bass Pod XT Live Multi-Effects Pedal Studio X3 KB37

USD 1.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 16:56:31

Rock, Pop Vol. 1 - 500 Patches for Line6 POD XT, Pro, Live, X3, Vetta on CD-ROM

USD 5.97 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 03:30:15

Line 6 POD X3 LIVE with power supply and gig bag - Excellent condition

USD / 51.00 (20 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 17:19:41

Line 6 POD X3 LIVE with power supply, box and manual, Excellent condition

USD 169.99 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 00:33:19

Line 6 POD X3 LIVE Artist Patches Guitar Effects Presets Settings Windows Mac

USD 7.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 09:21:16

Line 6 Pod X3 Live Amp Modeler Effect Processor

USD / 100.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 20:28:48

USB Cable Cord For Line 6 Bass Pod XT Live Multi-Effects Pedal Studio X3 KB37

USD 1.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 16:56:31

Live Edge Reclaimed Monkey Pod Wood From Hawaii 6@14-23"x3-5x1"

USD 20.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 19:44:15

USB PC Cable Cord For Line 6 Bass Pod XT Live Multi-Effects Pedal Studio X3 KB37

USD 5.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 01:49:51

Gator GK-2110 Padded Bag - Great for Line 6 POD X3 LIVE

USD / 39.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 00:55:41

Rock, Pop Vol. 1 - 500 Patches for Line6 POD XT, Pro, Live, X3, Vetta on CD-ROM

USD 5.97 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 03:30:15

Line 6 FG5 Padded Gig Bag for POD HD500, POD xt Live, and POD X3 Live +Picks

USD 68.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 20:41:53

HSS Strat Review

This is my “HSS Strat Review” – or “What I Hate Standard Strats!”

I never used to to think I was really either a “Gibson” or “Fender” kinda guy. The first guitar I became really partial to was my Ibanez Artcore semi-hollow body. Well, now that it’s rewired with “Pearly Gates” pickups in both the neck and bridge – maybe that’s why! I had quite a few before this that I got rid of for one reason or another. There are two things I look for in a guitar, and they are “tone” and “versatility”. A standard strat (to me) has NO tone whatsoever in the bridge position, the neck is great for jazz or blues, but all positions lack…..well for lack of a better term – “balls”.

I play a wide variety of music from pop, to rock, southern rock, country, blues, classic rock, dance, disco, a bit of everything. When you’re talking about versatility, I tend to think that humbuckers are the way to go because you can go “balls out” if you need to for say “Gimme 3 Steps”, but cut it down for a very bluesy “Fool For Your Stockings”. You’re good for either “Brickhouse” or “Free for All”.

On the other hand, I saw a guy in a bar not to long ago with a great rig playing the hell out of a standard strat on a Pink Floyd cover and he sounded great! Then the next song was “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC, and my jaw dropped when I heard the tinny, trebly, horrible fake-distorted sound of that strat! There’s just no way that guitar could EVER sound heavy enough for that (or any other) hard-rock based sound.

In addition – I even owned (and paid $900 for) an “official SRV signature” strat from Fender’s custom shop last year. I finally sold it (digusted) a week later, because (while very playable) it just wasn’t versatile enough (sound-wide) for me at the time. Now fast forward to last month, when I was in my local GC, and I checked out 2 or 3 of the HSS (humbucker, single coil, single coil) “fat” strats, both American and Mexican made. I plugged these into a Vox, 3 different Marshalls, a Peavey, a Fender, and a Line 6. I have to say – I wish I would have bought one of these a long time ago…

The HSS or “fat strat” gives you a humbucker in the bridge position, and then 2 single coils. So if you want to belt out Pink Floyd on the neck with chorus and bad-ass delay, great! But you can go “balls-out” in bridge with your AC/DC and Angus impressions no problem! Now, to be sure – I STILL wouldn’t recommend this for death metal or anything (check out the Ibanez ART300 for that), this type of strat is probably the only kind that can handle most types of hard rock. I had forgotten how many of these there were back in the 80’s, and that would probably explain why I hadn’t seen many of them in the store over the years (again) until now. Back in the 80’s in the land of hair metal – these were called “heavy metal strats”, and those are kind of rare to find today.

Here are some great deals on HSS Fat Strats on eBay right now, the retail for a mexican made strat is about $399, and American Made is $799+. You can get great deals both new and used on eBay for these guitars.

Wiggins Brand, hand wound HSS Strat set, Alnico, Wood, MADE TO ORDER

USD 230.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 17:36:57

Squier "Custom Shack" HSS Strat Electric Guitar, Many Upgrades,Custom Wiring

USD 199.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 16:32:36

BRAND NEW G&L Legacy (Strat Style) HSS Tribute Electric Guitar NIB Trans Red

USD 449.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 00:20:18

Epiphone FAT S210 HSS Strat-style Electric Guitar

USD 150.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 17:44:42

Fender Standard HSS Strat Stratocaster Wiring Harness 5 Way 2T1V Pots

USD / 28.88 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-02 03:27:55

Squier Strat Pack HSS - Candy Apple Red

USD 299.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 13:31:05

Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT - Brown Sunburst

USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 12:54:57

Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT - Arctic White

USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 12:55:00

Fender Deluxe Strat HSS Candy Apple Red (495)

USD 701.24 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 15:53:28

Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT Electric Guitar (Arctic White)

USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 11:01:25

Squire Fat Strat by Fender MIK

USD 69.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 06:21:10

EMG SPC Control Pot or Strat Presence Control Is Often Called The Fat Control

USD 79.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 01:37:38

1994 Fender Squier Standard Fat Strat, made in Korea, VN4, near mint!

USD / 69.00 (20 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 01:20:37

Fender American Deluxe Fat Strat RW CRT Electric Guitar

USD / 450.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 22:58:30

Squier Fat Strat Black & Chrome Special Edition Stratocaster HSS Black-RW, New!

USD 249.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 12:15:24

Epiphone FAT S210 HSS Strat-style Electric Guitar

USD 150.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 17:44:42

Fender American Standard Double Fat Strat Candy Apple Red

USD 1100.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 02:20:25


USD 1575.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 02:21:21

Fender Deluxe Stratocaster HSS "Fat Strat"

USD 500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 20:59:16

2002 USA Fender Stratocaster “Fat Strat” HSS With Hardshell Case

USD 999.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 19:22:22

Here’s the latest auctions on eBay for “HM” or “Heavy Metal” strats, there are usually under 6 or so for sale at any given time (there are getting rarer by the day).

1989 FENDER USA HM STRAT - BLACK - All Original - Great Condition - Case inc.

USD 629.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 17:18:11

20 X Gold Scratch plate Pickguard Screws For Fender Strat Tele Guitar HM

USD 0.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 01:54:33

1 to10 2014 New Black Slotted Plastic Nut Flat Bottom For Fender Strat 43*6*9 HM

USD 0.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 01:54:33

Notched Straight Edge Neck TOOL 24.75"/25.50" for Strat Tele Les Paul Guitar HM

USD 13.42 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 06:54:22

1 to10 2014 New Black Slotted Plastic Nut Flat Bottom For Fender Strat 43*6*9 HM

USD 0.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 01:54:33

1 to10 2014 New Black Slotted Plastic Nut Flat Bottom For Fender Strat 43*6*9 HM

USD 1.38 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 01:54:33

1 to10 2014 New Black Slotted Plastic Nut Flat Bottom For Fender Strat 43*6*9 HM

USD 2.19 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 01:54:33

HEAVY METAL A-Z book by Brain Harrigan w/ Fender Strat cardboard guitar

USD 35.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 16:10:02

ART300 Ibanez Review

The Ibanez ART300 is a killer guitar at a VERY affordable price, excellent looks, and awesome playability. This is my ART300 guitar review.

I picked up the Ibanez ART300 at my local GC because it had this weird scalloped textured top that looked like it had been hand carved, with deep black slick paint on top. I mean it didn’t exactly scream “death metal” (although it could have), so I plugged it into a Marshall to see what came out. The guitar was pretty light, like 5-6 lbs, the action was low and the stock “LoZ” pickups were suprisingly bright and crisp (but not too hot). The neck pickup was nice and warm – and I did play this on both clean and lead settings. I had no problems playing some tasty jazz and blues licks, and this thing really started to sing in bridge position on lead mode through the Marshall for killer ZZ Top, Skynyrd, and even Ozzy tones. I had the gain way up and down, and this guitar could easily play thrash, goth, death metal, classic rock, southern rock, blues, SRV, hair metal, and anything in between from uber-crunch to rhythm backup to Jenny 867-5309. I recommend this guitar – especially at the $399 retail price, you can’t beat this kind of quality and sound in that price range. I’ve seen both brown and grey tops for this model, but I prefer the slick black!

Here’s a younger guitar slinger with his brand new ART300 Ibanez axe on YouTube playing through a Peavey bandit with a few effects.

Getting Daddy a Guitar Gift for Father’s Day, Birthday, or Christmas? I recommend getting him this guitar and a personalized guitar strap!

ART300 Ibanez at Guitar Center

Ibanez ART300 Electric Guitar Black Caiman

Ibanez ART300 Electric Guitar Black Caiman

Mahogany body. Scalloped maple top. Set-in ART neck. Bound rosewood fingerboard. 22 medium frets. Ibanez LoZ-N (neck) and LoZ-B (bridge) original active humbuckers, 2 AA battery operation. 24-7/10" scale. Gibraltar III bridge. Diamond inlays.

ART300 Ibanez at Musician’s Friend

Ibanez ART300 Electric Guitar Black Caiman

Ibanez ART300 Electric Guitar Black Caiman

The ART300 single cutaway offers a modern variation on the set-neck Artist theme at an unprecedented low price. With a set neck joint, mahogany body, beautiful textured maple top that suggests reptilian hide, and Ibanez original active pickups, this sucker's built for the heavy rocker. For over 30 years, the classic Artist design has provided a real, high-quality alternative to the other famous mahogany double humbucker."

ART300 Ibanez on eBay

Ibanez ART300 Caiman Brown Burst Electric Guitar Body Neck Project

USD 179.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 16:53:51

Ibanez ART300 Artist Caiman Cayman Electric Guitar in Brown Sunburst

USD 235.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 02:54:20

PRS Santana – Used Guitar Bargain

If you’re looking for a “used guitar bargain” you can’t go wrong with the Paul Reed Smith or “PRS Santana”.

Every guitar you own can’t cost more than $1,000. We all have to start somewhere, and you can’t beat an affordable backup axe. About a year ago I needed another backup guitar and saw an ad on Craig’s List or a PRS Santana Limited model. I wasn’t that interested in it at the time, but the guy that had it for sale was only a few blocks from my work and he had some pedals I wanted to check out.

When I went over to his house he had his Line 6 pod hooked up to a small crate amp and the PRS Santana plugged in. It was a double humbucker in both the bridge and neck positions with cool “slash” like inlays. The strings wrapped around the tailpiece (a trick used for years by many people on regular tune-o-matic bridges). I’m glad that I got to test it on his POD because I tried various amp models from Fender to Marshall and back. I used “The Rover” preset (Zeppelin) and the one like AC-DC, and another like SRV. If you’re going to buy a guitar you probably already have a good idea of what you want it to sound like, but I strongly suggest you try it dirty and clean through a tube and solid state amp (or amp model). You’ll know right away if it’s got the “crunch” or clean tone you’re looking for.

I bought that PRS Santana electric guitar for the paltry sum of $150, which was a used bargain. It came with a gig bag. I wouldn’t say that it’s the greatest guitar I own, but I wouldn’t say it’s the worst either. It’s a good mid-range guitar that you can get for a very reasonable price used. Check out some of these eBay auctions live right now, you might find a great deal under $200-300, or a higher end version with more features for a bit more.

PRS SE Santana Standard Electric Guitar, Tortoise Shell Dual Humbuckers, Gig Bag

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-02 02:12:44

PRS Santana II Mint 2001 Santana Yellow

USD 2925.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 02:01:12

PRS SE Santana 2017 Orange Flame Top

USD 975.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-02 03:23:45

Paul Reed Smith PRS Santana USA 2017 Faded Whale Blue - Authorized Dealer!

USD 3600.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 20:35:32

PRS SE Santana Standard - Vintag (Guitar #ID00439)

USD 499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 23:34:49

PRS Santana Standard Vintage Cherry Electric Guitar

USD 499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 22:04:12

PRS Santana Retro 10-Top - McCart (Guitar #243247)

USD 4350.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 23:30:41

Used Paul Reed Smith PRS Santana II Santana Yellow Brazilian Board Vintage 1999

USD 5499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 18:41:25

PRS SE Santana , Black with Roadrunner case, plays, looks and sounds great

USD / 319.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 04:21:46

PRS SE Santana Yellow Electric Guitar Deluxe Pack

USD 748.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 20:52:43

Jimmy Page plays Danelectro ’59 Earls Court 1975

59 Danelectro reissue guitar
In the Led Zeppelin Earls Court performance in 1975 video you’ll see that Jimmy Page plays a 1959 Danelectro on the song “In My Time of Dying”. This is kind of rare because Page is known for his love of Gibson guitars and particularly the Les Paul. But this song has all kinds of slide work, and the ringing twangy sound of the Danelectro ’59 turned out to be the perfect choice for this masterpiece. Here, I’ll let you watch the video I saw on VH1 class tonight that made me think about it:

After seeing that performance I wondered if they made a reissue of that guitar today – and sure enough they do! They have it at musicians friend, and for a very reasonable $299! I just couldn’t believe it. I read the reviews, and it’s getting like 4-4.5 stars out of 5! The description says that the bridge can now be adusted (the original couldn’t) and the tuners are much better (probably stay in tune now!), but the reason that this instrument has a twangy sound is because of the aluminum nut. That and those awesome lipstick tube pickups. This is an awesome sounding (and looking) guitar for the money! Oh – did I mention that it’s awesome for open chord and slide guitar work? In addition it comes in 4 awesome colors, royal blue, green, black, and burgundy. I believe it’s on sale right now for just $249!! What a great gift idea for a guitarist you might know!

Danelectro '59 Dano Electric Guitar Black Danelectro ’59 Dano Electric Guitar BlackThe ’59 Dano reissue electric guitar is based on the guitar model first released in 1959 and sold through the mid-’60s. Just because this guitar is inexpensive and a tad outr‚ doesn’t mean it’s not a serious instrument. The ’59 Dano guitar features professional-level playability, intonation, and electronics. The ’59 Dano is a guitar that will withstand the rigors of the road and continuous stage work in addition to inviting curious glances and knowing nods of approval.

The ’59 Dano comes in finishes inspired by classic car colors of the day and have zero gloss, which helps convey the retro vibe. The glossless colors, swooshing pickguard, lipstick pickups, ridged knobs, and vertical headstock logo all help to create the immediate impression that this is an instrument from another time.

The body is a double-cutaway, and features the familiar plastic tape that runs around the edge of the guitar. Originally, this was to hide the seam in the two-piece body construction. Modern Dano’s are not made using this clamshell method anymore, but the tape remains, as it is such a distinctive part of the look. The tape is affixed using a self-adhesive, and is aged with a shellac to give it a slightly brown-streaked or discolored look which adds to the vintage vibe. The pressed-particle pickguard is covered in the same material and cut precisely to fit.

The Alnico pickups are the lipstick variety, and have the same design as the ones that appeared in the ’50s, when actual lipstick tubes (purchased from cosmetics makers) were used to house the electronics. One modern improvement is the bridge, which, on the reissue, is capable of being intonated.

Also an improvement over the original is the tuners, which are die cast and hold the tuning well. The nut is made of aluminum and contributes to the twanginess and uniqueness of tone that the Dano’s were known for. In addition to sitting in a nut slot, the nut itself is screwed into the top edge of the fingerboard.

The playability is one of the most impressive aspects of this guitar— the action is low enough for velocity playing, yet was buzz-free on every fret. The neck is not speed-demon shallow, but its depth adds to the sustain, tone, and general feeling of substance.

The ’59 Dano’s pickups are bright and sparkly, but not shrill. The manufacturer reports that the 2007 reissue features a warmer wind on the pickups, which increases the output and provides a less high-endy tone. The jangly pickups and aluminum nut work well when playing open-position chords and single lines. Very versatile is the neck pickup—mellow and strong but not dull, perhaps due to the extra windings and its placement midway down the string length. The three-position switch and volume and tone knobs are rugged and stand up well to aggressive swiping and twisting.

Aside from being a definite conversation starter, the ’59 Dano is a quality, low-priced instrument. It would be great as a

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Check out some Danelectro’s on eBay right now!

Danelectro D59V 12 '59 Vintage Reissue 12-string Electric Vintage White -NEW

USD 449.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 17:12:51

Danelectro '59 PLUS Modified NOS Electric Guitar Baby Come Back Blue 2017

USD 399.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 05:22:53

Danelectro 12-String Electric Guitar Red Metallic

USD 449.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 22:56:32

Danelectro 59M-NOS+ Double Cutaway Electric Guitar Seafoam Green

USD 399.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 16:18:16

Lightly Used Danelectro DC-59 Electric Guitar! Rare Finish, Made in Korea!

USD 439.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 14:25:40

Danelectro 59M-NOS+ Double Cutaway Electric Guitar Aqua w/ stand and cleani

USD 399.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 17:00:12

Danelectro 59 Vintage 12 String Electric Guitar Red Metallic w/ stand and c

USD 449.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 17:10:12

Danelectro '59M NOS - Outa-Sight White

USD 379.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 17:08:06

Danelectro ‘59 Original Alligator Red Guitar

USD 369.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 20:06:12


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End time: 2017-10-01 00:02:18

Ibanez Iceman – Classic Cool Guitar

I just had to write about the new Ibanez Iceman ICT700 I saw at Guitar Center. Everyone remembers the Iceman PS10 made famous by Paul Stanley of KISS. He had a couple, but the one I remember is of course the one with the cracked mirror finish. I distinctly remember seeing him play his solo and “I Still Love You” live in Detroit with that back in 1983. I was kinda shocked when I saw Guitar Center was carrying a white Iceman new for 2008, and it’s only a little over $600. If I was up for a new axe this month – this would be an awesome choice for my (KISS guitar) collection! Not only does it have DiMarzio pickups, but it’s got the fast as hell Wizard II neck and the cool “iceberg” inlays on the neck. Check it out, it might be just the thing to beat the Winter blues!

Ibanez Iceman ICT700 Electric Guitar WHITE

Ibanez Iceman ICT700 Electric Guitar WHITE

DiMarzio D Activator pickups. 5pc Wizard II thru neck. Reverse headstock.

Here’s a few auctions with what’s on eBay right now for the Ibanez Iceman:

IBANEZ: IC200 Iceman Electric Guitar!

USD 350.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 17:24:16

2001 Ibanez Iceman ICX120 Electric Guitar Black Finish Made in Korea

USD 250.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 15:42:09


USD 749.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 21:44:42

Ibanez Iceman H.R. Giger Limited Edition Electric Guitar IC HRG2

USD / 1000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 15:59:50


USD 438.74 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 13:27:39

Ibanez PS10R Limited Reissue Iceman Paul Stanley guitar FROM JAPAN/512

USD 3518.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 03:36:18

Kiss signed Ibanez iceman Guitar by Paul,Gene,Ace,Peter,Eric,and Bruce Kulick

USD 1249.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 23:00:04

Replacement RG Jem Guitar Body Iceman- Fits Ibanez (tm) RG Necks

USD / 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 15:48:25

Unfinished Jem Guitar Body - Iceman/Destroyer Hybrid - Fits Ibanez (tm) RG Necks

USD / 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 15:48:25

2004 IBANEZ Iceman Electric Guitar DARON MALAKIAN System Of A Down Vtg Print Ad

USD 9.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 15:27:22

PolyTune Guitar Pedal Review

The Polytune guitar pedal is getting rave reviews by all the musicians that I know (that have used it). It’s made by TC Electronics, and I first saw it when my friend picked one up at the local Guitar Center.

My lead singer was just saying the other day “I remember back in the day NONE of us had guitar tuners – we did it all by EAR, and all we had was a tuning fork!”. That’s probably why so much of the classic rock sounds like it does on record – huh?

What most people don’t understand is that most pedal tuners, like the Fender tuner pedal, and the cheap handheld Boss tuners – they’re just not very accurate at all. It’s like a scale that says you weigh 200lbs, when the doctor says you weight 204. It gets you into the ballpark, but it’s not very accurate.

In the past, professionals used what we call a “strobe tuner”, a very expensive thing that looked like an oscilloscope, or something you’d be doing medical tests with (lol). The PolyTune pedal is much more accurate than other tuning devices, more like a strobe tuner. It has this cool feature that I just love, you can strum all 6 strings at once, and it magically tells you which one(s) are out of tune. No more having to hit them one by one! It’s got a cool display, and this pedal has “true bypass”.

You can get for about a hundred bucks by clicking here….or maybe a little less, by using the auctions below the image.

TC Electronic PolyTune Poly-Chromatic Pedal Tuner

New TC Electronic Polytune 3 Polyphonic Guitar Tuner Pedal! Fender Cables!

USD 99.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 07:07:13

TC Electronic PolyTune Mini Electric Guitar Tuning Pedal

USD / 46.00 (16 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 23:46:49

TC Electronic Polytune Noir (Guitar Tuner Pedal)

USD 60.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 16:43:00

TC Electronics Polytune 2 Guitar Tuner Pedal!

USD / 50.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 23:48:44

NEW TC Electronic Polytune Noir Mini 2 Pedal Tuner

USD 80.74 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 19:44:46

TC Electronic Polytune 2 Mini Guitar Pedal Chromatic Tuner Poly Tune True Bypass

USD 85.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 17:47:20

TC Electronic Polytune Mini 2 Pedal Tuner

USD 89.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 06:54:07

TC Electronic Polytune 3 Pedal Tuner

USD 99.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 22:20:10

tc electronic polytune mini tuner pedal

USD / 66.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 21:59:14

TC Electronic PolyTune Mini Polyphonic Tuning Pedal

USD 75.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 00:42:50