So it took about a year and a half, and I'm almost back to where I started!
Early in 2002 I assembled a rack rig that consisted of a Triaxis preamp, G-major FX unit, 2:90 power amp, and Johnson 2x12 cabinet, plus a couple pedals (MIDI controller, wah, overdrive). I used it for gigs, recording, whatever for many months, and absolutely loved the tone. As time went by, however, I got tired of hauling the rack + the cab + the controller everywhere I went--I couldn't just throw the amp in the car and go off to jam. So I decided to "simplify"...
I sold the Triaxis and 2:90, picking up a Mark IV combo. Of course, to control the Mark IV via MIDI, I needed a MIDI relay switcher (Rolls Patchwork). Then I started getting FX happy... 2 wahs, tube screamer, compressor, etc. Soon my "simple" rig had gotten out of hand. While the Mark IV was nice in that I could take it on its own to gigs & jams and get decent tone, whenever I took all the FX it turned into a nightmare of cables to connect properly. And the tone was never quite as good as the Triaxis ([email protected]
#$ good, nonetheless).
So I recently decided to return to the world of rack rigs... to the Triaxis and 2:90 that I sold off just over a year ago. My new rig will look something like this:
What can I say... I'm a visual person! Actually, I have a business degree, so I'm required to use/abuse PowerPoint at least once a day!
I know the Triaxis and 2:90 are killer from first-hand experience. I have yet to hear a bad review of the Genz Benz G-Flex cab. The most exciting piece for me is the Lexicon MPX-G2... since it has built-in wah, compressor, tube screamer, etc. emulators, I'm able to get rid of all my pedals and really simplify things on the floor (all I'll have left is the MPX-R1 remote). Since the G2 has multiple inputs where the front overrides the back, I can always leave my wireless unit plugged into the back of it, and if I choose to not use the wireless I can plug the guitar right into the front. So it's still a few pieces to have to tote to gigs, but the setup will be really simple... plug the controller into the Lexicon, plug the cab into the 2:90, plug the power conditioner into the wall, and I'm ready to go.
So I'm still in the process of waiting for a few pieces to arrive... I've got the Lexicon G2, 2:90, wireless unit, & power conditioner already mounted in the rack & connected up. I'm still waiting on the cab and Triaxis, which should arrive this week (along with a truckload of new tubes for the 2:90!). I can't wait for all the pieces to get here so I can get everything rigged up & take it for a spin!
And when all is said & done, I didn't have the heart to sell the Mark IV--it's really been a great combo. So I'm holding onto it as a practice/backup amp. It'll still be a lot easier to tote than the full rack rig for those impromptu jam sessions! (I did end up selling my Nomad 45 combo, though--it will be missed!)