Line 6 POD HD500 tone “Hell’s Bells” by AC/DC

Here’s a rhythm guitar tone for playing “Hell’s Bells” by AC/DC.


I’ve been trying for years to get convincing AC/DC tones out of my PODs and have always felt successful. Each iteration seems to be more convincing than the last. I think this one is clearly the best one yet. Watch the video, listen to the audio clips, dial it in to your own setup, and make up your own mind. Now you can capture the AC/DC guitar tone in your own home studio.

The core of the guitar sound is a 1965 Marshall JTM-45 running through a closed back 4×12 cab equipped with Celestion Greenbacks miked up with with a Sennheiser 421 fairly close to the grill. 20ms of delay is added to the left channel to simulate a double tracked studio sound. There’s a touch of plate reverb at only 13% wet mix with 14ms predelay and very short delay. A mid focus EQ will roll off the harsh top end and tame the bass frequencies from getting too flabby. HD 500 doesn’t give exact frequencies on this EQ but just dial in HP and LP filters until they perform the stated functions to your expectation.

Marshall JTM45 and 1960TV Tube Guitar Half Stack
Marshall JTM-45 half stack
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Sennheiser MD421 II Microphone
Sennheiser MD421
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Back in Black with original Hell’s Bells track
HD500 without backing track
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Ibanez Universe UV777 (used on this track)
DiMarzio Blaze 7-String Pickup (used on this track)

POD HD500
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"Ballerina 12/24" amp settings
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8 Responses to “Line 6 POD HD500 tone “Hell’s Bells” by AC/DC”

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  1. rock_Franky says:

    Hi there,

    did you ever try to model the sound of Bryan Adams “run to you” with your POD X3. I´m trying and trying for days but the results are not that good.
    Anyway thanks for creating good and interesting sounds for the PODs

    rock on

  2. bvesco says:

    I never have yet tried to nail a tone from a Bryan Adams recording but I agree there are some really great and classic tones. I found this page that looks promising. Looks like Adams and his guitarist both use a combination of layered Vox and Marshall amps, all of which are present in X3 and would make a great starting point for tweaking. Good luck, and post your results somewhere if you get there!

  3. rock_Franky says:

    thanks a lot for your reply. I already found the site you recommended and experimented with the gear in my X3L. Up to now I´m not satisfied with the result. If I make the sounds too clean it doesn´t fit to the chords, if its too distorted it doesn´t fit to the picking in the intro and verses :-(
    How can I send you the .l6t File to get your oppinion ?
    rock on
    Franky

  4. bvesco says:

    There’s always the consideration of studio magic. It would be quite typical for them to have recorded those two parts in separate takes, perhaps even with different guitars, settings and even different amps or speakers for each take. There could also quite possibly be blended takes maybe even with an acoustic or 12 string layered in almost imperceptibly in the background. You’ve pretty much gotta get as close as you can, maybe with more than one tone.

    I’m gonna be honest with you. While I would love to be able to get a .l6t from you and offer suggestions, the reality is that I have too many projects for my plate already. It would likely be weeks or months, if ever, before I had time to take on a new thing like that.

  5. rock_Franky says:

    hey,
    thanks for relpy. That was my idea, too. that the different part have been recorded with dirrerent gear. So yes, I will try to get as close as possible, eventually with different presets.

    No problem that there is no time for you to listen to my tone creation. I just thought about talking to a experienced X3 user.
    keep Rock´n´Roll alive !

  6. Dom says:

    Hey Dude Sick ACDC sound…..that is ACDC .

    You are the reason behind me buying line 6 hd 300

    Which distortion did you use to create the sound? I get the delay and reverb and the settings just don’t know which distortion sound you used as the base.

    Casn you let me know?

    Cheers man.

    Dom

  7. bvesco says:

    From the text above:

    > The core of the guitar sound is a 1965 Marshall JTM-45…

    There is no distortion other than that!. Also, you can download the patch and view it with HD500 Edit software. You don’t have to own an HD500 to download the software and use it to view the patches. It should be possible to get VERY close to this sound using HD300.

  8. Very cool explanation of gear and techniques, cheers.