I'm not so worried about resale value. In my opinion, and for home use, their products are great. I've had excellent use over the years from a Variax, a pod xt live (wish I'd never sold it - therefore my plea for another), a pocket pod and a Spider IV.
If I was gigging, I'd totally agree - pretty poor. But I'm not.
I think Line 6 polarise opinion more than any other guitar related manufacturer.
In fact, I'm seriously thinking of offering my Strat for a Variax trade - miss the fun I had with it, the multitude of electics and acoustics and tunings. A hoot.
"I think Line 6 polarise opinion more than any other guitar related manufacturer."
there is a reason for that, line 6 are mass produced cheap junk which have a very short product life, you buy the mk1 of something and in no time the mk2 is out and you couldnt give mk1 away. their "valve" tones sound like nothing of the sort, more like a transistor radio to my ears than tube tone.
if you buy cheap tat like line 6 , you gotta be aware that you are stuck with something whose value will plummet like a breeze block dropped off a cliff. if you are gonna keep a line 6 and have no intention to sell , then go for it, otherwise avoid them like the plague.
For home use they are great. And they are good live if used just for the effects, turn off the amp and cab modelling and use your amp's distortion (unless you have shit amp in which case use the Pod's distortion stompbox effects). Amp modelling live just sounds like white noise at high volumes.
im not a tube corksniffer,well maybe a bit LOL !! but there is something in analogue tones that come from all tube circuits that all the digital technogubbins in the world cant touch, if you guys dig line 6 and all that, then its all good.
Thing is, I agree. Tubes are best - no doubt. But I've been there and done that in the days when I was able to get them cookin'.
With a wife, 2 kids and nothing but home playing, its not an option anymore. Therefore, Line 6 does the job great for me. But, given the choice and a big soundproofed room, I'd have a deluxe reverb and a tubescreamer every time.
To slam Line 6 outright as rubbish is just wrong. Totally depends on circumstances. And for recording, the Pod is hard to beat.