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Probably not on the drawing board, but I've got a request for this model: make it better for live use (better than the 500X, even, IMO).

 

Add processing power and change the AMP pedal to FX"0" so I can have 2 overdrive/distortion or, my preference, compression + od/distortion capability.  Maybe even make it a reverb on/off control, too.

 

For anyone that wants to bypass the AMP, make it a switch.  I just don't see that as being something to change in a live situation, where the floor switches are really needed.

 

Oh, and use better paint/decals/whatever so the labels hold up better.

 

As it is, the 400 is just about perfect for live use where you've only got a few different settings and effects, and where, honestly, the finest level of tonal perfection is wasted.  "Close enough is good enough," and less time tweaking.  But, the lack of compression *and* distortion together is a gap, and the one thing that has me staring at the used 500 market.  But, I'd buy a 400X before one of those if it had patch compatibility with the 400.

 

Oh, and how about a MONO switch for XLR out.  That seems to come up all too frequently here.

 

As it is, I don't see the distinction between the 300/400 making sense.  Keep the 300 at a bit lower price to combat competition at the $200+ price point, but make the 400 something slightly different.  My $.02, anyway.

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