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    It's gorgeous. :philthumb:

     

    When someone says "picture your ideal Les Paul", something that looks a lot like that is pretty much what comes to mind for me.

     

    How's the neck on it?

    It's the '60 neck, so thinner than most LPs. That was one of my requirements when I was looking and got this one.

     

    I played a LOT of LPs before getting that one. I have to say that Vic (Guitar Gallery south of Pittsburgh) spent a lot of time with me and really helped me find the right instrument for my playing. The look was a bonus find!

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    OK than that's a completely different solution. These were for running ampless. If you want to run your amp you need a power soak unit that emulates your speaker and also has a line out to feed a PA system.

    Precisely this. No more, no less.

     

    Have you actually used the Suhr box? I've seen some reviews on the Palmer and Mesa units, but notuing on the Suhr. If it's anything like the THD Hotplate, it's not up to the task....but that is a lot less coin than the Palmer.

     

    Personally, I'd just one with one of the amp emulators and leave the amp at home.[/Quote]

     

    I have zero interest in this approach at any level below a Kemper. I've spent big $$$ and many years getting a library of sounds to use for this type of gig, and I simply cannot spend the amount of time it would take to reproduce them - and no cheap modeller is going to sound anywhere near as good as the Bogner.

     

    You amp has an effects loop.

     

    ...which is already in use for time delay FX, and which is in front of the power amp stage. Non-starter.

     

    Cost is not a primary driver. The primary goals are:

     

    1) Keep the operation and configuration of my current rig as close to existing as possible.

    2) Duplicate existing sound as closely as possible.

    3) Minimize time spent making it work.

     

    Kemper is an option, but something simpler would be nice.

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    By your response I'm guessing you've misunderstood what I posted. I suggest you Google up the devices and see how they are used.

     

    I did. None of these are load boxes that will take the speaker output from my Bogner, which is what I am looking for. I can't run the amp without a load, and what I want is as close to the exact sound I have today, using the electronics and amp that I use today.

     

    From what I understood in your first post you were going to be playing without an amp.[/Quote]

     

    I have to go direct without a live cabinet preferably using one of my existing tube amps. Thus, what I need is what I asked for - a load box with a cabinet emulator that sounds good enough to actually use.

  4. I've been quite satisfied lately with a Boss ME-25 speaker emulated headphone output going directly into a stereo line input of a Yamaha mixer. From the mixer I can spread the sound around via stage monitors and also send it to FOH.

     

    I've done a bit of recording this way and you can hear some examples here...

     

    btw, the ME-25 sells for about $200 new.

     

    Very nice sounds - and nice playing to go with it!

     

    The only problem for me is that I have a relatively short time period to prep for the show's run, and I was hoping to avoid going with something totally new. You've given me something to think about, though - I've never been able to get a DI to sound that good.

  5. But all of that is if you want to record. If you are going to be playing live, then I suggest you simply invest in a good-tube amplifier and a decent cabinet. Heck, if you have the space and option, just record using a real amplifier and cabinet; nothing is ever going to replace the natural sound of those.

     

    Truer words were never spoken.

     

    Nobody has ever designed a boutique tube amp to try to sound like an AxeFX, POD, or a Kemper. Think about why this is the case.....

     

    For the money you are considering spending on a PC that will be obsolete in a year, you could buy a VERY nice amp that will never be obsolete, and you'll never make internet claims about "it sounds just like my friend's tube amp....".

     

    JMO - YMMV.

     

  6. Background: I have never used any sort of simulator or direct-in system, nor do I use gain pedals for distortion/drive. I have always used tube amps with "real" cabinets - I don't even use any sort of pedalboard. My main rig is a Bogner XTC with a wah pedal and a time-delay rack unit for chorus/echo/reverb; backup is an old Marshall JCM800. The handful of times I've tried to run direct, it has sounded like garbage; I realize that it can be done with the right gear, but since I am 100% satisfied with the rig I have, I have never wanted to spend any more $$$ on more electronics.

     

    Issue: I have just been asked to play a show series where the expectation is no amps - 100% direct. I honestly detest the very concept of not having live sound to get the feel and balance of the ensemble, but I really want to do these gigs because I want to work with a couple of the other players. Trouble is, I have no good way to do this today, and I'd prefer not to have to borrow something that I don't have time to dial in, nor do I want to drop $2K+ for a Kempler.

     

    Question: Is there a device on the market that does a credible job of simulating a cabinet load and sound, and gives a direct out that doesn't sound like crap? I have an old THD Hotplate, and it just doesn't sound good.....what else is there, and do any of 'em actually work?

     

    [This is cross-posted from the amps forum....thought I'd try here to get some more responses....tx]

  7. My questions are, when you say direct I'm guessing you mean playing through a PA. I'd need to know if you'd be using a Mic cord or using a high impedance guitar cable to feed the mixer.

     

    Theater gig, so I'm assuming balanced mic in. I have a stack of DIs and matching transformers in any case, so input type isn't the issue.

     

    A cab simulator only can work. It does mimic the EQ coloration of the speakers, but there is no additional preamp gain that you'd get from an actual amp.[/Quote] How does this solve the problem? That won't take the speaker output of my Bogner or Marshall as an input. Note that I said that I don't use a pedalboard, only the amp for gain. I don't own a single overdrive or distortion effect, because I never use them. The goal here is to use my normal rig exactly as it is, just without the cabinet.

     

    Look, I've been playing live and recording for over 25 years, and my day gig is data acquisition engineering. I understand the technology. I'm just looking for a reference on the various cabinet sims/load boxes on the market. In theory I could use my old Hotplate, but it just doesn't sound good enough to use on a very high-profile gig.

     

    If you've ever done theater work, you know that it is much like studio work - taking time to fart around with your gear isn't acceptable when you're on their clock. You have to have solid sounds ready to go without any hesitation, and if the director wants something different, he/she won't tolerate "I don't have that sound on this rig", or "give me a minute to find a patch". You have a row of different instruments lined up that can change FAST - think of playing the intro to a song on nylon-string, then a 6-bar break to change to electric for 24 bars, then change to dobro or mandolin. Going in with unfamiliar equipment doesn't cut it.

     

    Thus, I don't want an amp sim or modeller - I need to use my existing gear. The only sim approach that I might be able to make work would be a Kemper, where I could transfer all of my existing patches from the Bogner and Marshall to the Kemper as-is in the same order....but that's a bunch of cash. Now, that approach has the upside of being a very good lightweight rig that I might actually use for other gigs, but it has the downside of consuming cash to duplicate the sounds I already have.

     

    So, I'm back to my original question - are there any load box/cabinet emulator sims out there that actually sound like a real mic'd cabinet, and can do so for less than the price of a Kemper?

  8. JMO -

     

    My two main "go-to" amps are a Bogner XTC and a JCM 800 Marshall. Neither is "better" than the other, but they do things differently. If I were going to play a small-club rock gig, I would probably bring the Marshall. If I'm doing anything that includes a wider range of sounds, I'm going to show up with the Bogner, simply because it has a wider range of really good sounds (including a clean channel that kills).

     

    IMO, most of the older classics are one-trick ponies that deliver one fantastic iconic sound. Fender Super Reverb, Marshall Plexi and Vox AC30 come to mind. In contrast, the "boutique" amps come in two categories: 1) Clones of the classics that you can't buy new anymore, and 2) Multi-channel rigs that do a lot of sounds and do them very, very well. The Bogner XTC and Diezel Einstein would be examples of the multi-channel rigs...

     

    YMMV.

  9. Background: I have never used any sort of simulator or direct-in system, nor do I use gain pedals for distortion/drive. I have always used tube amps with "real" cabinets - I don't even use any sort of pedalboard. My main rig is a Bogner XTC with a wah pedal and a time-delay rack unit for chorus/echo/reverb; backup is an old Marshall JCM800. The handful of times I've tried to run direct, it has sounded like garbage; I realize that it can be done with the right gear, but since I am 100% satisfied with the rig I have, I have never wanted to spend any more $$$ on more electronics.

     

    Issue: I have just been asked to play a show series where the expectation is no amps - 100% direct. I honestly detest the very concept of not having live sound to get the feel and balance of the ensemble, but I really want to do these gigs because I want to work with a couple of the other players. Trouble is, I have no way to do this today, and I'd prefer not to have to borrow something that I don't have time to dial in, nor do I want to drop $2K+ for a Kempler.

     

    Question: Is there a device on the market that does a credible job of simulating a cabinet load and sound, and gives a direct out that doesn't sound like crap?

  10. You might want to try to find an old 3203 Artist head. 30W with 2 EL34s. They were mid-80s and based on the JCM800 design, tend to have a very british sound (surprise), and do the mid-gain thing very well. IMO, they are just about perfect for club gigs with a moderately heavy drummer. YMMV.

  11. ...smaller than the old standby 1960, but wide enough to hold a large-format head (Bogner XTC or equiv).

     

    What I'd really like to see is a short 2x12 with the speakers angled upwards, on casters.

     

    Anybody got any suggestions?

  12. I have no idea why you'd want to get a 600W head to use in your bedroom when 15W is enough to drive your neighbors to call the cops on you. A 600W head is like 6 100W Marshall stacks containing 8 speakers in each stack. You only need that kind of wattage for huge arena events and even then most guitarists today use smaller amps and simply mic them. Smaller cranked amps give you manageable drive tones when playing loud.

     

    True for most amps, but not relevant to the Kemper. The amp-cabinet relationship is already in the signal before it ever gets to the power section.

     

    With the Kemper, the idea is to use a very accurate power stage and full-range cabinet. Think of it as a source that you run direct into the soundboard, headphones/monitors, recording console, or into your stereo.

     

    The Kemper profiles model the entire signal chain of your rig(s), so you can create a patch using a Bogner with a Marshall 4x12, a Super Reverb with internal speakers, and a Matchless. Since the profiling is done with the power section and cabinet in the chain, you don't want any additional "color" with the Kemper. It is more like a keyboard rig in this regard than like a traditional guitar amp.

     

    Thus, the 600W SS power section is intentionally over-sized so that you will never run it anywhere near the point that it becomes non-linear. You would also not generally use a guitar cab with it, you would use a high-quality monitor cabinet.

  13. I want to buy the best amp for me. i already got the my best guitar, a gibson custom shop les paul custom. i need an amp to match. i was thinking of getting a marshall jcm800. but i'm interested in other amps too like orange, peavey, Blackstar, mesa, crate, carvin. please suggest an amp, i want at least 100 watts.

     

    If you've got the cash available to snag a custom shop LP, you might want to look at amps like a Diezel, Bogner XTC, or 5150. These are not inexpensive amps, but they give a lot of flexibility and sound very very good. That said, they also each have their own unique character which you may or may not like.

     

    Bottom line is this: You won't select an amp from forum suggestions any more than you would select a wife based on a recommendation from her ex. Go to the store, plug in with your guitar (not the store's guitar), and repeat until you find one that re-creates the sounds you have in your head.

  14. I have a Bogner XTC 101b that I will be putting back into use next weekend, and it needs a set of power tubes. Last time I re-tubed it, the SEDs were still available...but apparently they are now extinct. I love the sound and versatility of this amp, but it's hard on tubes and more than a bit finicky.

     

    What current production tubes are out there that can handle the high plate Voltage in the XTC? Next, is there a shop in the Chicago/Milwaukee area that stocks good tubes? What's a good source than can and will deliver fast?

     

    Thanks in advance for any and all guidance.

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