I am currently running two '64 Deluxe Reverbs. Not re-issues. While scratching my head for hours playing with XT live, XT Live X3 (as well as XT PODs and XT POD X3) I found a re-issue Deluxe Reverb to test drive the Line 6 stuff.
I found the re-issue to be pretty close right out of the box. I don't know if they had modded the floor model I played through in any way, but I really doubt it. It still had the tags etc.... and was ready to be sold.
I have been playing my Deluxe's for about 15 years now. I have a guy that know what he is doing take care of them for me and they are in GREAT shape. My point???? As mentioned, the re-issue was really close. It was hard to tell 100% as I was in a music shop (Box 'o Guitars) and was fighting against "Crazy Train" licks and "Walk" licks. Isn't there a rule about that???? I digress, I was pleasantly surprised that it sounded close to my vintage amps. They (DR RI or Vintage) may not have the headroom of Twins or Bassman amps but the tone is oh so sweet. I am of the school that much of ones tone is in the right hand (A good valve never hurts either).
I get plenty of volume for my "Gigs" with these amps, albeit I do mostly recording and have only recently gigged with a band as a last minute thing. I have not played in a working / active band in YEARS so I cannot speak to a great degree of knowledge about how it would pan out with a full band. Pre-amped amp mic's are a wonderful thing.
More on the Line 6 in a different post. I have plenty of questions.....
I AM DIGGING THIS NEW TOY (XT Live)!!!!!!
Happy new year all,
I agree with Shakes post. Unless you go high $ on an "All in one" amp (I.E. Hughes Kettner high end amps), you will be off to the "Box 'o Guitars" looking for suppliments to the amps on-board effects. I have a small Line 6 Spider II. While the canned effects were kind of nifty for a while, they grew quite stale after a while.
For what it's worth.....