Originally Posted by mike777
What's cool about that amp and the TSL, too, is that they get really heavy sounding but the notes are crystal clear. So, when I've been lax in my practice time and I think I suck-I suck louder since it's not muddy and I can't hide behind it!
That means it's tonally designed properly.
OOOOOOOH yes. This is why i wasn't completely floored by the TSL the first time i played it: I've been using a mesa combo for a long time now, and it's a REALLY forgiving amp because it's distortion is so thick and compressed. You can be sloppier on the thing than a TSL, and while it won't sound AMAZING, you'll at least sound competent. On the TSL, if your articulation isn't dead on, then you'll hear it. I found that this made me crank the gain up to the limit to get the sponginess my poor technique required, but doing so made it "fuzzier" than i wanted, so i'd have to cut the treble and prescense, but that didn't quite fix the problem and the tone didn't cut as well... etc.
So, i spent some time woodshedding between the first time i plugged into one and the second, working on getting my legato technique up to speed by practicing unplugged and really fosusing on getting perfectly clear note articulation, and while i still suck, it sounded a lot better the next time i plugged into one of these things- my playing was cleaner so i could back off the gain a bit to get the tone i was going for without hearing all these little mistakes. I'm still far from perfect, but when i get one of these things (sending out the remainder of the check to vwall monday
) I won't sound like absolute crap through it, and a few months from now...
Yeah, it's not necessarily "user friendly" in this regard, but sloppy technique is still sloppy technique, you know?