Everything posted by StewPierce
Voxman55 you're probably correct that most guitar players don't want a 31 band eq. After playing out around other musicians for so many years I can tell you that most guitar players don't get it. They stomp on there favorite fuzz box and claim "see how good it sounds!". I'm speaking to people like myself. Ones that have been around and have vast experience over the years with fine instruments and all the gizmos that go with them. What some people lack is a reference point. You won't know what "good" sounds like until you've been exposed to it. Sound is quite subjective so there will always be myriad opinions. I'll stand behind a good Fender Strat or Tele for the best clean tones on the planet. Starting there and getting it to break up and sound sweet takes the correct blend of frequencies to achieve pleasant sounding harmonics. Start out with the wrong frequencies and the break up will sound like garbage (many refer to modelers' distortion as sounding "fizzy"). I'll conclude with this...I connected the main outs of the Pod Go to a stereo 31 band eq and then on to the FOH mixer and guess what?...got my sound back in about 30 minutes. I'd trade in the Pod Go for a full-on Helix right now if I knew it had better tone shaping capabilities.....it doesn't. I'd prefer to not have to tote around extra equipment (which is why I chose a modeling amp in the first place). I wonder if anyone at Line 6 can appreciate that their first attempt at this modeling thing was probably their best - just like a "first take" in the studio is probably going to be the best performance. BTW Voxman55, I appreciate your attention to this subject however, If you've got time to adjust your global eq at every gig you're probably not playing many gigs. In addition, I am suggesting a 31 band eq be made available in addition to the Sesame Street 10 Band eq (complete with Big Bird steering wheel) so there will be no need for an additional effects block (choose one or the other depending on your sonic aptitude).
Here's my take on IRs. To me, they seem to be nothing more than pre-set equalizer adjustments. Why in the world do I want to take the time to sample (thousands?) of eq settings when all I need is my good ear and the tool (31 band eq) to zero right in on the tone I can hear in my head or copy another amp that I may like the sound of. Line 6' ads claim to give us the tools to find our own sound. And yet, they stop short of giving us what we really need. The global equalizer is a joke. The 10 band MXR (also the only graphic eq offered in the Helix) is quite limiting. The break points on the EQ are for bass and guitar so some of the bands are useless to a guitar player (62 hz...really?, 16kz.... for what?). I would much rather be able to sculpt out tone in the mid bands. On a side note, I just happened to read an article about the equipment and settings that Kurt Cobain used on Teen Spirit. Not a song I would choose to exemplify great guitar tone but familiar to most of us. I found it interesting that the Mesa pre amp he used had EQ break points that were exactly the same as the AX2. (80, 240, 750, 2200, 6600). Did everybody know something back then that has since been forgotten? IDK
Hello Line 6ers. My experience goes back to 1999 when I purchased an AX2 w/ Floorboard. I judge guitar tone mostly with clean sounds created by single coil or low output humbuckers. I'll leave the heavy distortion discussion for another post. Over the years (don't ask), I have had the honor and privilege to play through some of the world's best amplifiers (1961 Vox AC-30, 1961 Ampeg Jet, Mid 60's Bassman (in brown!), 70s era 100w Marshall half stack, Peavey Classic 50w 410 combo, 1965 Fender Twin Reverb (God, that thing is loud!!!) and a Crate Blue Voodoo 120w half stack (had to have those lights on stage LOL!). Having held most of the band rehearsals at my house there were always amps left around that I was able to try out when their owners weren't around. I've done a good shake out on the Vetta, Peavey 5150, and a host of other Fender models that I didn't actually own. also, tried out a Mesa Lonestar - stands out as a good one as I recall. I consider myself to be an authority on guitar tone (no one gave me that title...I'm just claiming it). I stand before you all to say that I was able to drag some incredibly convincing guitar tones out of the AX2. I gigged constantly with the amp until 2015. Rock, country and blues, it did it all. It crapped out once and I fixed it with the help of an old retired electronics dude (broken solder joint at one of the main output capacitors - probably from transport). In the veins of the AX2 I have a go-to preset that was constructed side by side with a flagship Fender Blues Deluxe amplifier. Whether I send that sound to FOH or play it out of the 2 Eminence (yeah, the AX2 has them) 12" speakers the tone is nothing short of wonderful (including perfect harmonic overtones). Okay, now my point....I'm getting old, the AX2 is getting old. So, I goes out and buys me one of these POD Go things. It's not bad. Didn't want to lay out for the Helix and everyone says the Pod Go has the same basic sounds. The presets pretty much suck (Line 6 needs to start listening to the users - their presets always suck). I brought out the old A/B switch and began to recreate "my" sound with the Pod Go sitting next to the old AX2 (Yeah, it still works.....mostly). After hours of coming very close to the magic tone, I ultimately had to be satisfied with "almost got it". What stopped me from success, you ask? Did you ask? I'll tell you anyway. It was the lack of a 31 band EQ as an option. There is a frequency somewhere in the 3K range that just puts the icing on the cake. I know the AX2 doesn't have a 31 band EQ either. It didn't need one. It honed in on that Fender Blues Deluxe like "get out of my way b_tch!" . After all that crap I just spewed I just want to say "LIne 6.....please give me a 31 band EQ upgrade to my Pod Go so I can keep the magic tone alive ...and.....hire somebody new to program your presets....maybe me." Thank you ps, go back to offering 2 expression pedals.....wah and volume.....both important!