Review: Line 6 HX Effects

(Image credit: Line 6)

One of the greatest things about being a guitarist today is the incredible variety of choices we have for gear, particularly when it comes to effect pedals. By my count, there are currently 12,873 distortion pedals models on the market, although by the time this makes it to print there will probably be another 154 to add to the list. With all that choice, why would anyone want to limit themselves to using just a multi effects processor floor unit, especially when having so many unique pedals to choose from allow guitarists to customize truly distinctive signature tones?

The fact of the matter is: it costs a lot of money to put together a pedal board that comprehensively covers all the major “food” groups; especially if you’re using boutique effects. The ideal solution is a rig that combines multieffects with pedals — but floor units and pedals can seem like two entirely different beasts. Fortunately, Line 6 has designed a compact multieffects floor unit called HX Effects, that fits on a pedalboard amongst various other stomp boxes. It can even can perform like a pedalboard unto itself; while also providing a vast selection of stellar effects that makes it a great choice for players who want to use the unit on its own, or even to control an entire rig.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.