PHD – Line 6 POD HD500x Patch

Very versatile Line 6 POD HD500x patch based on the PHD Motorway (Dr. Z) amp model. See below for more details about different effects and their usage, including a video which walks through and demonstrates the different sounds.

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Category: SKU: POD-0001


Signal Chain and Footswitch Assignments

  1. Volume Pedal (EXP 2)
  2. Graphic EQ (FS1) – this is meant to stay on all the time
  3. Facial Fuzz (FS4) – use this for solos and lead lines. This sound is inspired by Lincoln Brewster.
  4. Analog Delay with Mod (FS2) – set to a quarter note delay time. Heavy modulation on the repeats.
  5. Digital Delay with Mod (FS3) – set to dotted 8th note delay. For when you want to sound like The Edge, or in other words, modern worship music.
  6. Particle Verb (FS6) – this creates a pad type sound. Use for ambient swells.
  7. Octo Verb (FS7) – this is shimmer – also use for ambient swells.
  8. Amp – PHD Motorway (based on a Dr. Z amp)
  9. ’63 Spring Reverb (FS8) – this is meant to be an always on type of reverb. It’s set pretty low and adds a bit of depth to the tone.


We like to keep the graphic EQ and ’63 spring reverb on all the time. The Graphic EQ just cleans up the sound and gives you a more articulate sound, while the spring reverb gives a sense of space.

The amp is set on the verge of breakup, so when you dig into it, it will break up like a good tube amp should. This is great for a rhythm tone. If you back off (either by playing lightly or by rolling your guitar’s volume back a bit) you’ll get more of a clean tone. This patch works well if you vary the dynamics of your playing.

The Facial Fuzz is great for leads. This would be Lincoln Brewster type solo leads. Pair it with some delay to really let it shine. If you don’t play lead lines much, this would be a good pedal to swap out for maybe another drive pedal (if you want more gain).

The two delays will give you a very cool washy delay sound, and they work well when stacked together. The dotted 8th delay is much more pristine, while the quarter note delay has a lot of modulation, which works well when paired with the reverbs.

Turn on both delays and Octo and Particle verbs for really nice ambient swells. Add the Facial Fuzz for really crazy swells.

Tweaking the patch for your guitar and needs

One thing we’ve noticed about the POD is that the patches can be very sensitive to different guitars and pickup types. We created this patch with a Mexican made Fender Telecaster with a humbucker in the neck (stock). If you’re playing a Strat, Les Paul, or even std Telecaster, you may need to tweak this patch to get it sounding best.

We first recommend making a copy of the patch, and then editing the copy. Start with the amp settings. Make sure the drive is set so that the amp breaks up a bit when you play hard. This is a very important factor in this patch. From there, change the EQ to your taste and to your room. The other settings should be fairly universal.

Finally, change the footswitch assignments so they fit your needs and your playing style.



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