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Tight 4 man band. Shull's Helix tones were really great!  Speaks well of the Power Cab's abilities.  Definitely will check out some of his presets.  Guthrie's vocals are killer classic blues/rock and I thought it interesting the drummer also said he is using a Helix, assume to mic various parts of his kit (or was he BS'ing)?!?

 

 

 

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He was definitely BS-ing, although it was pretty funny. I almost wanted to see how far he'd go with it. "I run my cowbell into the Helix. I have a shaker, I run that into the Helix.  I have a set of bongos..."

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Considering how amazing Line6 customer service has been, the community, and the engineers... I wonder if they could get Vai to switch over.  I'm not taking anything away from Fractal hardware I had a AxeFxII...  but I dealt with their customer service, and execs were awful... so I returned it, and got the Helix.  Vai seems to be someone who works closely with the OEMs.  What a coup that would be!  Especially since Sheehan is using the Helix.  

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On 3/20/2019 at 7:44 AM, honeybearstudios said:

Considering how amazing Line6 customer service has been, the community, and the engineers... I wonder if they could get Vai to switch over.  I'm not taking anything away from Fractal hardware I had a AxeFxII...  but I dealt with their customer service, and execs were awful... so I returned it, and got the Helix.  Vai seems to be someone who works closely with the OEMs.  What a coup that would be!  Especially since Sheehan is using the Helix.  

 

I'm going to guess that Steve Vai is able to get excellent customer service from Fractal. Joe Blow? Maybe not so much.

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1 hour ago, brue58ski said:

 

I'm going to guess that Steve Vai is able to get excellent customer service from Fractal. Joe Blow? Maybe not so much.

 

In this article from 2017, Steve Vai says he doesn't even use modelers... So he probably doesn't need much customer service from Fractal... ;-)

 

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/articles/features/is_amp_modeling_as_good_as_tubes_heres_what_established_guitarists_think_of_it_today-69879

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Vai does use a Fractal unit, but not for amp modeling.  But seeing how Carvin just went under, it will be interesting to see what his next tube amp will look like.  This pic is from 2018.

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Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson) is using Helix.

 

 

And speaking of King Crimson, some friends recently saw Adrian Belew's new quartet and he was using a Helix.

 

Just for the record, it doesn't matter to me whether or not "big name" artists are using it; that has no bearing on how I feel about it, or any piece of gear I choose to use. But it is nice to know that several of these artists are coming around to Helix.

 

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On 3/22/2019 at 1:23 PM, phil_m said:

 

In this article from 2017, Steve Vai says he doesn't even use modelers... So he probably doesn't need much customer service from Fractal... ;-)

 

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/articles/features/is_amp_modeling_as_good_as_tubes_heres_what_established_guitarists_think_of_it_today-69879

 

I never said he NEEDED customer service. But if he were to ever contact them with an issue, I am pretty positive he would get great customer service. I have no idea whether he needed to or has ever, for that matter, contacted their customer service.

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On 10/4/2016 at 1:13 AM, Bangha said:

As far as I know, and although they are not considered "tone guys", Garbage is using Helix's live. With Butch Vig on board, I guess that counts as respected pro's using it(even if he's not on guitar).

 

Slightly off topic, when speaking of gear selection you can never forget the bias most people have towards vintage gear. Even if you could scientifically prove that at some point digital emulations have fully cloned their analog counterparts in all ways, many people will prefer an original fuzz face for the validation, hip, realness, organic, better than thou, ears of gold, rock god qualities that are tied in with it. I'm not saying technology is quite there yet, but I feel it's getting close.

 

The other point worth mentioning is thatI find way too many musicians; guitarists being the worst offenders, blaming gear for their own technical and/or artistic deficiencies. The don't suck multi effects box still doesn't exist, and even if you could afford David Gilmour's full setup, with Eric Johnson's guitars, Ry Cooders Magic slide, and Jimi's wah, if you suck, it's best to spend time wood shedding on the guitar and not browsing through sweetwater for your next purchase that is bound to turn you into Buckethead.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvxTHJ_vl34  This guitar player for Blue Oyster Cult uses the Helix straight into the PA.      Rhett Shull a phenomenal player performs with the Helix on stage as well...  

 

I use and have both a Line 6 HD500x as well as some killer pedals like the OCD, MXR analog delay, etc.. Line 6 is particularly known for their exception effects.   Frankly TONE comes from your hands and not so much the particular gear you use.  A LOT of players keep searching for that special pedal or multi-effect that is going to give them that "killer sound"     Most of whom do not realize its your hands that do 90% of the work (of course that assumes you have your gear set up correctly.)

 

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