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POD Patches – Guitar World (May 2008)

Here are some guitar tones I cooked up to go with the May issue of Guitar World. Every month I make some POD patches to go along with the transcriptions I play through while practicing. People always end up asking me for the POD settings so here they are. You can download the patches in Gearbox format to use with any compatible Line 6 product. You can also put the settings into any other amp and see how close you can get. This month I made Motorhead, Metallica and Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar tones. There are some sound clips here too if you want to see how close you think I got before downloading the patches.

Motorhead – Ace Of Spades

Preview original album
POD X3 reproduction

Motorhead Lemmy bass tone

Signal path (bass amp 1):

  • Boost+EQ pedal
  • 1968 Brit Bass (Marshall Super Bass)
  • 1967 Marshall Basketweave 4×12 cab
  • AKG D112 microphone

Signal path (bass amp 2):

  • Boost+EQ pedal
  • 1968 Brit Bass (Marshall Super Bass)
  • Marshall Major 4×15 cab
  • EV RE-20 microphone

I used my Line 6 Variax 700 Bass on the Clang-Green setting. This is a model of a 1971 Rickenbacker 4001 bass. Set your bass to the neck pickup to get the right sound. Lemmy uses these 4×12 and 4×15 cabs live which is why I went for the dual setup.

Motorhead Fast Eddie Clark guitar tone

Signal path (guitar amp):

  • 1997 Ibanez Universe with Dimarzio Evolution pickup
  • 70s ProCo Rat
  • 1968 Marshall Plexi Super Lead
  • Marshall 4×12 with Celestion Vintage 30s
  • Shure SM-57
  • Parametric EQ
  • Small room reverb

The guitar sound of Fast Eddie Clark is pretty shrill at times, especially on Ace of Spades. I used the Rat pedal to give it that extra bite. Make sure you use a hot bridge humbucker on this one.

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood

Preview original album
Me noodling on the POD X3 SRV sound

Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar tone

Signal path (guitar amp 1):

  • 1958 Fender Bassman
  • Neuman U67 microphone
  • Boss CE-1 Chorus-Ensemble
  • Tiled room reverb

Signal path (guitar amp 2):

  • 1964 Fender Deluxe Reverb
  • Neuman U67 microphone
  • Parametric EQ
  • Small room reverb

I used my 1997 Ibanez Universe on this song too. I put a push/pull tone knob on that switches the two humbuckers to single coil pickups. The neck pickup is a Dimarzio Air Norton and this guitar sound was crafted using it in single coil mode in conjunction with the middle Dimarzio Blaze II single coil pickup.

Metallica – The Call Of Ktulu (clean)

Metallica - Ride the Lightning (Bonus Tracks) - The Call of Ktulu
My POD X3 sound clip

Metallica clean guitar tone

Signal path (guitar amp):

  • 1992 Marshall JCM-900 (clean channel)
  • Marshall 4×12 with Celestion Vintage 30s
  • Sennheiser MD-421 microphone
  • Chorus
  • Large hall reverb

I just did a Ride the Lightning era distorted sound in February, so I focused on doing a clean Metallica sound this time. I used my Epiphone Les Paul 7-string for this one. The guitar has a Seymour Duncan JB humbucker in the bridge.

Gearbox files

If you have a Line 6 device compatible with Gearbox software, you can use these patch files to load my guitar sounds directly into your hardware. Just unzip these to your Gearbox patch directory and have fun!

There is currently a bug in Gearbox that prevents dual amp patches from showing up in the tone locker. For this reason I have included three patches for each dual setting: amp 1, amp 2, and the dual.

Line 6 POD X3 price check

Line 6 POD X3 Guitar Multi Effect Processor

Line 6 POD X3 LIVE price check

Line 6 POD X3 LIVE Guitar Multi-Effect Pedal
Line 6 POD X3 Pro Guitar Multi Effects Processor

Line 6 POD X3 Pro price check

7 replies on “POD Patches – Guitar World (May 2008)”

Can you please help me to achieve a sound similar to The Velvet Undergrounds “Waiting for My Man” / “Sister Ray” tone with the pod xt.
Also interested in Neil youngs “Down By The River” / “Cowgirls in the Sand”. Thanks. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I just bought the pod xt and have been coming up with some cool sounds but those two I cant seem to nail down.

hey, can u help me with some Pink floyd, Comeing Back to life and some 12 string,accustic pod x3 live patches!!!

I recently purchased a Pod X3 and Short Board. I’m trying to make a 12string patch. Any advice? It for six string Gibson V. There are songs I play that require 12 string guitars. Also, If I purchase a larger board, will it be compatible. Thanks, D.

Sorry, I have never found a way to convincingly “fake” a 12-string sound with a 6-string guitar and POD. A Variax guitar has a way to do it, but that is all the guitar and not POD.

I don’t generally recommend the larger FBV pedals for POD because they don’t give much extra flexibility for the extra cost. Check out a comparison of abilities in this article.

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