Line 6 Vetta II Combo Guitar Amplifier

Line 6 Vetta II
Line 6 Vetta II

As digital modeling amplifiers go, the Line 6 Vetta II is at the head of the class.

This amplifier is extremely well designed, well made and sounds fantastic. At 150 Watts, there is more than enough volume and headroom. Whether you plan to use the Vetta II for live performance or recording, the feature set provides plenty of tools that allow you to sculpt your sound as you wish.

The Vetta II is literally two amplifiers in one. At first glance, one might say: “Well, it’s just a stereo amplifier”, and this is true. But more importantly, it is designed so that you can have two completely different sounds going on at once. Of course, you’d probably choose two sounds that are somewhat alike, but in theory, you could have a clean Fender Twin sound and a cranked Marshall Plexi tone combined into one. The combined sounds become one named and saved preset. This is amazing. Just imagine all the possibilities.

Not only does the Vetta II have over 70 classic amp models, but over 80 classic stomp box models as well. It would take you a very long time to run through all the possible combination. Taking things even further, there are 28 cabinet models. Even though this amp has two 12″ speakers, you can choose a 4×10″ cabinet model, or an open-back 2X12″ cabinet model. the end result is that you completely re-think the standard amplifier model and see the Vetta II as more of a tone shaping tool.

Now that you have your tone worked out, you can move on to post-signal processing. Yes, the Vetta II includes studio-grade post processing models that allow you to fine tune your sound as if it were being put through a studio mixing board. There are 64 factory presets and 64 user presets, so you have build a nice library of your own sounds for later recall. There is also an input for a Line 6 Variax guitar, just in case you are using one. While the price tag might be a bit high, this Line 6 Vetta II is simply a world-class piece of guitar engineering and definitely worth a look before you make your final purchase.

Fender Cyber Twin SE

Fender Cyber Twin SE
Fender Cyber Twin SE

Ok, so they pretty much invented the analog guitar amplifier. They perfected it and pretty much any guitarist would agree that few are better. So, why they heck would anyone use a Fender digital modeling amplifier? …’cause it’s a great amp, that’s why.

I’ll admit that I really resisted this stuff, I really really did. In principal, it just goes against everything I believe in. But then again, when the “Frying Pan” guitar was first put out by Rickenbacker, I’m sure it was met with the same disdain. Same for the Solid body electric, the Flying-V, The Explorer, the Parker Fly, etc… So, I decided to lighten up and just enjoy the amplifier and there is a lot to enjoy.

They certainly start off on the right foot with two 12AX7 groove tubes. In fact, I think they did it just to shut me up. Probably not, but I like to think so. You really have to find humor in the fact that when you switch between pre-sets, the knobs actually turn so that they physically match the saved settings. This is a bit much, and it introduces more moving parts than need be, but then again, why not… nobody ha anything repaired anymore, you just throw it out. So, what the heck, ok, moving knobs.

The “artist-authored” presets is a very cool feature that features saved patches from such noted ax-masters as Gary Hoey and Greg Koch. This is certainly a time-saver if you want to get started right away with some classic sounds. As far as volume goes, at 130 watts, this thing is ridiculously loud. It’s modeled after a Twin Reverb, so naturally, loud loud loud. It’s full stereo, so the patches can involve some very cool twin channel effects such as stereo chorus or ping-pong delay. There is also a hum reduction feature, which helps to minimize that annoying 50/60Hz buzz. pretty cool stuff here. You will need a small army to transport the damn thing, but if you happen to have such resources or you plan to just leave it in the house, this is an amp worth checking out, the sounds are actually pretty good.