Hey guys â€“ got a question for the BrainTrust!
Iâ€™m currently playing through a Spider Valve Mki + Mesa 5881s and over the years itâ€™s severely changed my taste in tone. Coming from a metal core band running my (then new) PodXT Live into the power section of a DSL 100 and most recently fronting a wedding/cover band as a vocalist (guitarist on occasion): Iâ€™ve got a wide base of tonal preferences. I guess my taste in champagne is the only thing that grows up, haha! I digressâ€¦
Yesterday I used a DT-50 212 (I donâ€™t really like the sound of the Mkii) to try out a handful of guitars but instead of finding a new axe to have on my list, Iâ€™m wanting more out of my rig. The whole experience got me wondering:
What are some differences between a DT50 + POD HD and an Axe FX + a tube power section? Not the obvious Google-able specs, but some real tonal/feel differences & totally opinion based.
Smashing my distortion pedal on as a kid was great, but now Iâ€™m in love with the warm characteristics and nuances Iâ€™ve gotten with my Mki. For instance the â€œusegtrvolumeâ€ patch really brings out the qualities in my Paul and started changing my approach to playing in ways as well.
My main concerns are:
Does the Axe FX have the ability to really emulate the subtleties/feel?
Would the POD HD change the responsiveness and feel of the DT amp?
Does the POD HD store amp channel EQ settings, or just effects and analog configurations?
I really loved the DT. I didnâ€™t spend too much time messing with settings/EQ, but definitely know that thereâ€™s a pretty deep pool of capabilities and soundsâ€¦ In fact, my tonal tastes have me wanting a new guitar that has some variance in pickup selection/sounds (not a Variax, but maybe something with the EB GameChanging tech).
Anywho, thanks in advance for the insight!