Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Re: Tubes or transistors?
I'm a big tube guy if I'm playing rock or any deritative there of. But also, it depends on the size of the venue. If I'm in a touring band, hell yes, tube all the way--3 heads, 6 4x12 cabs, a rack, a bradshaw board. Mmm...
But I'm not a touring musician. I'm a senior in high school. I'm going to live in a city when I go to college, and I hope to not have to use a car. That's why, right now, I'm buying a Fender Jazzmaster Ultralight and a Line 6 POD X3 live. Huge amounts of headroom and veratility, and pretty convincing tones and effects, especially for jazz with just the Fender. The Fender also has incredible tube emulation on the OD channel. Search it on youtube. There's a video of a guy running an MXR pedal or some sort as a test through the overdrive channel, with gain set very low, and the first test is his "control" without the pedal, and oh my god! The tone is so organic and spongy...and my lord, it's breaking up like a tube amp! So for things in the jazz realm, even if it gets dirty like Charlie Hunter or Scofield, it's the ultimate amp. Add a pedal board or multi effects processo (a good one) and you've got everything you need. Plug it into the PA and don't worry about multi effects processors sounding like crap when they're turned up; the line out has a seperate volume.
So for a while I'm going to let my V3 sleep. Sometimes, less is more my friends.