Line 6 POD HD500X Multi-Effects Pedal Review (May 2024)


Last updated on May 26, 2024 6:09 pm Details


In this review post, we’re going to be discussing the Line 6 POD HD500X Multi-Effects Pedal, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

POD HD500X is the ultimate tone palette for players who want to define their sound on their own terms. Sure, POD® HD500X has a world-class collection of amps and effects, but it isn’t just about sounding like the classics—it’s also about sounding unlike anything else. That’s just one reason why POD is the source of tones heard on hundreds of hit records—and counting.

Now POD HD500X has even more DSP power to give you new levels of control when you’re creating your sounds. And thanks to HD technology, POD HD500X provides the sonic depth, character, and touch nuance that helps you play and sound better than ever before.

A world-class collection of HD amps gives you unmatched depth and touch response
Dynamic DSP and flexible routing options let you create unique sounds
Assignable, pro-grade, backlit footswitches for at-a-glance operation
The command center for any guitar setup including the Line 6 Dream Rig—the only system that can be virtually any rig

From vintage classics to modern powerhouses, each HD amp delivers incredible sonic depth, character, and touch nuance to inspire your playing—and that’s just the beginning. Customize the tone and dynamic response of each HD amp with an extensive set of deep parameters including Sag, Bias, Bias Excursion, Hum, and more.

POD HD500X gives you over 100 studio and boutique stomp effects, so you can take your sound in any direction. Emulate classic signal chains with distortions, delays, mods, filters, reverbs, and more, or discover entirely new sounds by mixing and matching up to eight simultaneous effects. You also get pro-grade, assignable footswitches and a built-in, die-cast expression pedal to control your effects in real-time.

With unparalleled flexibility and more processing power than anything in its class, POD HD500X lets you create the sounds you’re seeking. To start, POD provides dynamic DSP, so you can stack the effects you want wherever you want them. You can also mix and match HD amps, cabinets, mics, and effects to create new sounds or dial in the tones of your favorite guitarists. With 512 presets, you’ve got virtually endless options for recalling your tones.

Legendary guitar tones are often created with more than one signal path. POD HD500X lets you create these complex, rich tones without the setup headaches of traditional dual-amp rigs. You can route your guitar through two completely independent paths—each with its own HD amp and effects chain, of course—or process two signals at once by using the 1/4” guitar, 1/4″ auxiliary, or XLR mic inputs. So whether you want to configure elaborate signal chains for more traditional stereo amp setups or create unique soundscapes, you’ve picked the right tool.

With POD HD500X, you get professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings for at-a-glance operation. You can use them to enable or bypass amps and effects, or to select presets directly. If you want to get more creative, you can assign multiple amp and effects parameters to morph between sounds (controlling up to 52 parameters in real-time!). The footswitches also control the built-in 48-second looper—an instrument unto itself. The bent-metal chassis and rugged construction make POD HD500X ideal for any stage.

POD HD500X provides all the connections you need for studio, stage, and anywhere in between. You can plug in a mic to record vocals or acoustic instruments, track with your favorite HD amps, use the stereo FX loop to connect stompboxes and outboard effects, and much more. Connect to your computer via USB for multi-channel, studio-quality recording with your favorite DAW software—or tap into POD HD Edit, the free editor/librarian software that makes it easy to tweak and organize all your tones.

It doesn’t matter if you use a guitar amp, go straight to the PA, or take advantage of a next-gen full-range guitar rig—POD HD500X is the ideal command center for any guitar setup. It’s a fully assignable MIDI controller, so you can use the footswitches and expression pedal to control all kinds of external hardware and software—and it gets even better when you use POD HD500X with other Line 6 gear.
Connect a James Tyler Variax guitar and DT amp or StageSource speaker to form the Line 6 Dream Rig—the only system that can instantly become virtually any rig. With the press of a single POD HD500X footswitch, you can recall up to 512 totally different rigs—with changes to preamp type, power amp configuration, guitar type, polyphonic alt-tuning, effects chain, and more.

With StageSource L2m, you’ve got a cutting-edge, full-range, flat-response guitar system that delivers consistent tone at any volume—from studio to rehearsal, to the gig.

Product Features

  • Extensive collection of award-winning HD amps for authentic tone and feel
  • 100+ studio and stomp effects—use up to eight simultaneously
  • Selectable speaker cabinets and mics
  • Unparalleled flexibility to craft your tones:
    – Dual signal paths
    – Multiple routing options
    – Dynamic DSP with more power for amps and effects
  • The stereo FX loop can be inserted anywhere in the signal chain
  • Professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings for at-a-glance operation
  • Comprehensive I/O includes USB 2.0, MIDI, S/PDIF, balanced XLR outputs, integrated mic preamp, and more
  • Guitar input with variable impedance
  • Fully assignable MIDI controller—control external hardware and software via footswitches and expression pedal
  • Variable input impedance
  • L6 LINK connection for integration and control of DT-series amplifiers and StageSource series loudspeakers
  • VDI connection for integration and control of James Tyler Variax guitars
  • 8 setlists containing 64 presets
  • 512 user-writable preset locations
  • Eight setlist banks
  • Assignable expression pedal controls amp and effect parameters
  • Integrated 48-second looper with dedicated footswitch
  • Built-in chromatic tuner
  • Tap-tempo footswitch
  • Professional-grade construction with bent metal chassis, chrome roll bar, and die-cast expression pedal
  • Downloadable POD HD500X software editor/patch librarian

Pros & Cons


  • Solid build quality
  • Extremely trustworthy
  • Positive consumer review testimonials
  • Worth the price
  • Terrific sound output


  • Bulky in size
  • Rather expensive
  • Tough to edit without a computer
  • The rack-mountable format is not for everyone

Line 6 POD HD500X Multi-Effects Pedal Demo

Our Verdict

The POD HD Pro X’s ease of use is difficult to beat for the ordinary guitarist. Unless you have a soundproofed studio, recording at home might be tough. For example, I have a wonderful vintage Deluxe Reverb, but I can’t play it in my flat without getting a scolding from my neighbor. I also don’t have the high-end recording equipment that a professional studio has. I’m very sure I’d get better results recording a blackface tone directly via the POD HD Pro X.

Some comparable units cost less than the POD HD Pro X. The POD HD Pro X accomplishes a lot—and does it very well—whether you use it as the heart of your guitar system or simply to supplement your present setup.

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

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Pricing History

Price History for Line 6 POD HD500X Guitar Floor Multi-Effects Pedal


Current Price $562.00 May 29, 2024
Highest Price $716.00 November 24, 2023
Lowest Price $413.00 November 5, 2023
Since August 30, 2023

Last price changes

$562.00 December 30, 2023
$449.00 December 22, 2023
$421.00 December 11, 2023
$716.00 November 24, 2023
$413.00 November 5, 2023

Last updated on May 29, 2024 4:53 am

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Additional information

Item Weight

15.39 pounds

Product Dimensions

14 x 29.75 x 6 inches

Item model number

HD 500

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

July 1, 2013

Color Name


Standing screen display size



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