Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Redwood City, CA
Building/buying rig (need advice)
If you want Petrucci and Metallica and you don't need versatility then I would say skip the Triaxis. *It is like having 8 channels, do you really need 8 channels for your house (w/ 90 user presets?)?
I like the same sort of tones as you do and my current gear is just a Mesa Subway Rocket. *My expansion plans (now that my tax money etc... has started to come in) are:
2x12 Rectifier cab.
Either a Mark IV or a Dual/Single Rectifier head. *
That's it. *BTW I'm going to keep the Rocket and run it through the same 2x12 cab. *Right now I'm leaning towards a Recto because I think the Rocket handles a Mark'ish tone already.
I have been consternated about which effects if any to buy. *On one hand, I really don't give a crap about weird effects like phaser, harmonizer, pitch shifter, whammy, chorus, auto wah etc... but on the other hand I'd like to have noise reduction, graphic eq, and delay. *I wanted to have as quiet a solution as possible. *When I compared it looks like
Boss - NS2, GE7, DD? ~$150 used, why not buy used, no difference.
Rack multi-effects like G-Major ~$450 new, ~$375 used, not sure on the difference between new and used, probably similar to the Boss pedals.
So the multi effects costs ~200-300$ more than getting just the effects I want. *The only thing to wonder about will be the noise difference running 3 pedals with 3 patch cables over a single rack unit with a single patch cable. *For me, the effect quality doesn't matter so much since I'm not trying to cut commercial CDs at home or anything, as long as it doesn't sound like a crappy Korg processor it's all good. *Theoretically it shouldn't matter because the gate should kill it, but I'm wondering about the other changes to the signal.