Guitars are the same to me. I love my American Strat... I bought it for $349 new from MF during a list sale. I paid the same for my Mexican Tele. I love that, too... I'd love to have a $3000 PRS, but I recently bought a PRS SE for $450 (that sold for $800 everywhere else). I'm as much about the bargain as the gear.
I'm never going to be a professional guitarist. I have a couple of friends that are professional artists, and I MAY, at some point, hop onstage and play a song if I can get over my fear of getting on stage. To that end, if I can have a Line 6 modeler or a Crate digital that I can play a bunch of sounds out of, then that's what I want to have. I know other gigging musicians that don't even play through Marshall stacks, so for me to think that I need that in my townhouse is a bit of overkill. To make a tube scream, it has to be loud. If I get that loud I bet the neighbors will be screaming louder than my amp.
@Fodder, don't get me wrong I understand the pros and cons of tube vs solid state and WickedBadz did raise quite a few valid points about tube amps, but he's still being a snob about it. Just look at his last post, he uses the words "garbage" and "waste of money" to make his point. He is completely overlooking the postive qualities of the gear in question. Just google "tube amp vs solid state" and you'll see pages upon pages of results people on both sides of the fence. What makes him the ultimate authority when so many others disagree? Also just FYI but Wicked has a pattern this behavoir. He routinely post ego inflated comments and attacks anyone who doesn't agree. He has been doing this for at least the 4 months I've been posting here. I stand by my elitist comment.
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I agree that it's a great little amp, and you can get some nice tones at lower volumes.
Last edited by slabossiere; 05-04-2012 at 05:11 PM.
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I've played through the v22 and v55, I enjoyed the v55 sound much more, it was very marshall sounding when overdriven via post, and had a wild tone when pre overdriven which was pretty sweet, both had great clean tones and plenty of volume, small gig in a place with 150 people they'd handle it no problem, after that you could just mic it up...the 6l6 power tubes though in the v55 just made it shine above the el84's...but yeah if you can try them both out you'll hear the difference, definetly a good sounding amp for the price, the v22 more of a fender/evh tone with the v55 more on the line of mesaboogie.marshall tone but yet each distinct sounding from those valves.
There's one thing I've learned over the 35+ years of playing guitar and that is you can make a crappy guitar sound great in a top notch amp, but you can't make a good guitar sound good in a crappy amp and you toss a crappy guitar into that mix and it's just a disaster....amp makes or breaks you....nothing against Line 6 or any other solid state amp but they seriously have poor sound
alright, guys... agree to disagree. there's valid points on both sides, but there's no reason to resort to name calling and insults. please refrain from doing so. also, keep things positive. if someone has an opinion on something, don't bash it... and the same goes for those who differ from your opinions. keep arguments valid and positive.
Some modelers are better than others. The AxeFX II, for example, sounds fantastic (albeit at a price few beginners could afford). I think a lot of the frustration many guitarists have with seeing new players buy a Spider is that there are other modellers (like the Peavey Vypyr and Roland Cube) that are available in the same price range and sound much better.
I'm just glad any time someone buys something that doesn't do analog, solid-state clipping for its distortion. It genuinely hurts me to hear anything but cleans from a Marshall MG.
(That's just the basic idea. I'm leaving out analog solid-state amps and hybrid amps.)