and what have we learned?
The Blackstar guys are fucking awesome. They answer questions, bring kick ass products and put on killer demos. In short, you want to buy their stuff. Freddy DeMarco, who plays at their demos, is a monster. He did a great job showing off the products. All in all Blackstar was the best at this show.
Marshall was the exact opposite. They brought some wanna be comedian who is a mediocre player and doesn't tell you jackshit about the product. He was playing through the new Joe Satriani Marshall for part of his demo. Did he tell us a fucking thing about the amp? No, no he did not. In short, I do not want to buy their products.
Eleven Rack had Neil Zaza demo their Axe Fx wanna be thingie. I can't tell you jack fucking shit about it because Neil only used one sound from it while he played tracks from his CDs or something. They also told us nothing about it. The only upside to this demo was Neil brought his girlfriend, who is awfully freaking hot.
There were a lot of stupidly expensive guitars, like a Les Paul just like Ace Frehley played. As well as some almost as pricey as my car. I fail to see the point.
Whoever was running sound for the demo tent sucks at their job. The mixes were way too loud and harsh. It was hard to listen to a lot of the time.
Jeff Loomis is a pleasant fellow.
Apparently lanyards are serious business. A woman almost came after me for mine.
The electric guitar room at Sweetwater's retail store isn't really big and when you're standing in there with a bunch of junior high kids jamming Ozzy riffs it's an unholy racket.
Mesa Mark V amps are hard to dial in.
All in all, it's a good time and totally worth going to.
Mesa amps in general are a pain in the ass to dial in when you are new to them