This has been a while coming, although I haven't talked about it much. The gig last night was just sort of the logical conclusion.
My buddy Todd (zerodc) has been letting me borrow his Stiletto. He's got about a billion amps, so I get a chance to play some cool stuff, and he gets some hardware out of his cramped apartment. So, that is how I came to have the Stiletto in my possession for the past few months. I also had his Splawn Quick Rod.
While Mike was off recording vocals with our singer, I have just been rotating amps through Division practice. The Stiletto always seemed to be the one that I kept coming back to. It had that great midrange crunch, and the leads just sang. The rest of the band came back a couple of weeks ago to rehearse for the upcoming show, and I brought out the Roadster, since that is what I thought I would be playing. Much to my surprise, I really wasn't happy with it. I felt like Mike and I just sounded exactly the same, and since a Triple has so much presence and "push" behind it (since it is 50w more), I felt like I wasn't really standing out. I just sort of blended into the bigger picture.
So, I brought the Stiletto back out. Instantly, I was back. My leads and fills would stand out as much as Mike's would, but I wouldn't step on him, either. The rhythm sound became this thick, complex tone that filled a much broader sonic spectrum. The two different amps blended together like they were made that way--massive Recto bottom end and assault, plus the EL-34 distinctive midrange harmonic richness and treble brilliance. Obviously, I had to take it to the gig, since I really felt like playing it.
Wouldn't you know that everyone else thought the same thing? Todd, Chris (jacksonplayer), and my buddy and tech, Jeff, all said it was the the amp I should be playing. I think Chris even said, "You know you can't give that thing back to Todd, now." Now I gotta sell the Roadster so I can order one.
my stiletto gas has been exponentially increasing since i joined my latest band.