David Raehn wrote:
In all of our gear, there are no more valves. I even replaced the amp in the Leslie...
I started running direct with no speaker cab in 1998. Line 6 Pod 2.0, Ethos Pedal (Dumble clone) with a Boss ME6, Boogie Formula Pre (tube preamp), and now the Mark V. All of them sounded good and I have no problem with electronic stuff. But, I do like the tubes for the Allman Bros-type music I play in the current band. Luckily, I've had no problem with tube amps over the years at all.
I'm just not a fan of pedals.....I'd rather just plug in and let the amp provide the overdrive for the style I play.
A month back, I took my 335 and a Roland Cube with a 10" in it to a country gig. Was perfect for the gig and plenty loud.
There's no one right way to do it......believe me, there have been times when I've run sound that I'd rather have the guitar straight into the board rather than the tube amp who's knobs the player has yet learned to control.....
A Fender Twin that sounds likes fingernails on a chalkboard....really?
Truth is that a lot of guitar players who play loud because that's how they get "their tone" are just substituting volume for actual tone. Good tone sounds good at any volume. But, unfortunately.....effects are NOT tone, they are effects....and there's nothing worse than hearing reverb, delay, chorus (all at the same time) and not being able to pick out the note anywhere in that mess.
However, the guitar player I mixed last night played through a Fender Deluxe that was thumping, but he had the forethought to bring his own plexiglass shield. Allowed me to mix very nicely. So, there are those occasional guys that restore some faith in humanity.....