Been awhile since i posted here cus i don't really have much to say but holy fuck, this deserves logging in and uploading a damn photo.
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Prior to this,i ran a pod hd 500 into the poweramp section of a blackstar ht stage 100 head and into a blackstar 1x12 cab. I could get some pretty usable tones out of it,but there are just so many reasons why this through shitty assed desktop speakers just kills my previous rig.
Firstly,the touch dynamics are so realistic and fun.You can really dig in and get some sweet tones out of it. Rolling the volume knob back doesn't just give you lesser gain and hiss, it truly reacts so closely to a real tube amp that responds so naturally to pick attack and vibrato.
Secondly,gone are the ice picky tone from my previous rig.The highs are silky and hi fi,really smooth type of gain with just the right amount of sizzle for those high bends. The lows are tight and rich but not muddy. Not too comfortable with the neck pickup tone cus i prefer a more compressed tone and have yet to be able to stop playing and sit my ass down to dial that in
Thirdly and probably most importantly,the clarity.High gain chords ring out with such sparkle and bite,that even complex jazz chord voicings really show their colour under all that gain.
With so many amp models and controls and effects to dig in,i truly expect this "honeymoon" to last for a very long time.Believe the hype people,fractal audio and all the axe 2 users weren't lying. I have since sold all my gear to get this and have no looked back since. Apart from suhr modern, this comes a very very close second when i have to choose the top gear purchases i have made in my life.Truly inspiring piece of kit.I will not be selling this other than possibly the axe fx 3 lol.