Again, good thread... here's the Race thoughts...
I've had so much gear it's close to criminal. I've always had this idea. I want to have this complement of tones available with the minimum amount of gear.
So what makes a good amp? I've got a couple ideas. First, if you can plug in a strat and tell it's a strat, then plug in a Les Paul and tell it's a Les Paul, then plug in a semi-hollow and tell it's a semi-hollow, chances are it's a good amp. Most amps sound the same with just about any guitar plugged in. Second, do YOU like the way it sounds? 'Nuff said.
So how did I eventually get the tone I was looking for? It was incredibly expensive, but I'm incredibly happy. The pic is just basic diagram, but I think it gets the point across...
The only thing I'm looking to change is putting a single rack space tube power amp in the ROCKMAN setup--either another Marshall EL84 20/20 or the equivalent Mesa Boogie.
No stomp boxes... one MIDI controller... and he looked, and he saw that it was GOOD!
Oh, my Pocket POD sounds pretty good through my Marshall Micro-Stack too... NARF!