chuberto Posted February 4, 2015 Share Posted February 4, 2015 So, my HD500, Dt25 and 2x12 cab has been spending a little time at home instead of living at the rehearsal studio. Since this, I've inevitably restarted the cycle of : grab guitar turn on amp, wonder why the new harsh, trebly patch sounded any good yesterday adjust it to suit believe I've invented sonic nirvana adjust all my patches to suit It's a wonder that I ever play anything at all with all the tweaking I need to do. So anyway, last week was the same. I've been relying on a Treadplate amp as my core rhythm tone but recently I've been wondering why; I came from a proper Marshall and so many of my favourite guitarists use a Marshall and I'm using a Mesa.... I changed to the JCM800 Preamp but with Topology IV and thought that the it sounded so amazing that I would soon be awash with heavenly women vying for my affection. Alas, the very next day it sounded gastly. A few nights later, as I perused Youtube listening to clips of amazing sounding Marshalls (including the one I used to own) and a thought struck me. Sell the Line 6 stuff and buy a Marshall! Yes! What was I waiting for? Oh, yes. The size, weight and return to tap dancing to swap between effects laden tones. So yesterday I took another option. My amp lives upstairs in the spare room, where I don't have a hifi. Except I do have a FRFR monitor cab that I've used for acoustic tones from my Variax. Plug in the laptop to it and revisit all those videos on my internet history (no, not those ones!) And here we have it. Line 6's HD500 & Dt25's version of a JCM800 compared to a real Marshall JCM800, 2550 Silver Jubilee, 6100 30th Anniversary and AFD100. I'd chosen well recorded videos, no crappy webcam mics but nothing with any noticeable post production. First of all, there was an remarkable similarity between my tone and all those from the internet. Definitely a Marshally character. Each video had a slightly different tone but one that I was able to approximate with little more than a twist of a couple of knobs. The first video made my tone sound too trebly, the last was the opposite. I guess it shows how much our ears fatigue and how tones in isolation may not be exactly what we're looking for. I did learn exactly what goes on between the two presence controls when using dual amp patches (I run dual path patches, never both on at once but to simulate a 2 channel amp) which had previously been some voodoo mystery... I even managed to get some playing in today without tweaking much at all! Nothing ground breaking in this post but I felt the need to share my experience. I think there's something very counter productive about being able to scroll through multiple amps on the POD, because straight away you're going to change the settings anyway. So how can you compare two amps until you dial them in? I once watched a speaker comparison video by Rivera Amps and it was the same. I might prefer one with those bass/mid/tre/gain settings but what about when you've changed them? Still, my rig sounds great and is a doddle to use live. Happy days! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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