L1 Model II

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Using proprietary Bose® technology, L1 systems combine  PA and monitors into a single, highly portable unit. The  loudspeaker can be positioned behind or to the side —and you hear what the audience hears.

Highly portable PA and monitor combined for solo performers, DJs and general-purpose use. Fixed vertical control with 180° horizontal coverage Reduced vulnerability to feedback.

Three systems to choose from (Compact, Model 1S, Model II)
Two passive bass module options (B1 or B2)
Consistent coverage and tonal balance, portability and easy setup.

I have an L1 Compact and ToneMatch mixer. Normally I output my Gretsch G5420 through a TC Electronic VoiceLive 3 Extreme and Boss Katana 100 amp but I'd like to be able to play the guitar through the L1 alone (less gear to carry), but it sounds awful. I've tried all the settings on the ToneMatch but they all sound like lifeless thuds. The VoiceLive 3 gives amp simulation and sounds great through the Katana. Is there anything I can do to improve the guitar sound through the L1?


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To clarify, I have a pair of L1 Compacts for my acoustic trio (3 vox + acoustic + cajon) which is fed by a Mackie ProFX. I’ve always used a guitar preamp into the mixer with them, whether POD X3 Live, iPad IK Multimedia Amplitube Acoustic App w/iRig2 or my current TC Electronic G-Natural. If I ever upgrade to a Tonematch I’ll still use the guitar preamp for the foot-selectable patch/effects change and boost advantages. 


Hi dobrojoe,

If you try the VoiceLive 3 Extreme connected directly to the T1, be sure to set the Speaker Emulation to Active.

This is from page 162 of the TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Extreme manual.

I used to have a TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3, and it sounded pretty good connected this way. I set the ToneMatch Preset to

Category: Electric Guitar
Preset: Flat E.Guitar zEQ



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Aloha e @dobrojoe . You're Gretsch has medium output magnetic pickups, whitch work great with Gretsch with large speaker low watt Gretsch large cabinet tube amps to get that Commander Cody and Hot Rod Lincoln or Stray Cats or Buzz Campbell low bottom and fat mid-range rockabilly tone. The $29 buck solution is surprisingly an active preamp Behringer GDI21 DI box with a switch to simulate mic'ing the large speaker of a tube amp. I know, as I own one. It will afford you the flexibility of emulating multiple cabinets. The next step up is a $129 buck Line6 Pocket Pod. Both of these will readily solve your dilemma.

Joe’s voicelive 3 Extreme already has all the features of the Behringer. No need to purchase anything additional. 

Although the Tonematch has settings for electric guitar, it’s more geared towards receiving a mic’d speaker or line input from an amp or guitar processor rather than directy from a solid body, semi-hollow or hollow body electric guitar output jack as you would do with an acoustic electric  


I am not running the electric guitar straight into the ToneMatch. The VoiceLive 3x has amp models and speaker emulation bulit-in. I use a clean Fender Twin amp simulation and 2x12 cabinet. I have also tried a Line6 Helix Stomp with amp and speaker modeling but that doesn't give the sparkle of a Fender amp either through the L1. It just doesn't seem to reproduce the highs. It's fine for vocals and acoustic guitar.

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