tone deviation/high end amps worth it?
i know sound is a very important to every musician. and to all serious musicans, money is no object when it comes to getting the right sound.
but what i want to know is, is shelling out 3k+ for an amp head alone (i.e. bogner, soldano, diezel, dumble) really worth it. is a personal sound valuable enough to be priced that high?
i love my tone, i play Evolution equipped Carvin thru a line 6 flextone III. I have played a bogner ecstacy and a soldano SLO 100 but havent had the pleasure of playing a diezel or dumble. The line 6 comes close, but doesnt have all the tonal characteristics of the SLO and XTC. but i didnt pay 3k for this amp and, being a combo, probably weighs less than these amp heads.
is it really worth spending that kind of money to sound a little better?
i think not, but thats just my opinion. personally, i think id sound the same thru any amp and i think if steve vai were playing a tele thru a fender twin you could still tell it was him playing which brings my to my next idea.
tone comes from mostly from playing style and note choice, not equipment. of course your not going to be able to play country on a mesa boogie dual rectifier with a jackson soloist, but equipment doesnt make that much of a difference especially not cords (thats the biggest bunch of bull**** ive ever heard, a cord does not effect that much of your tone). if you put the same equipment and environmental settings in front of two different players, they will sound quite different.
and its all about style, you have vai and satch play over a blues, thru the same equipment, they wont sound the same, because their styles are intrinsically different. and their note choices identify themselves as each other. unless you spend years learning every nuance of vai's or satch's playing, you wont sound like them, even then the tonal qualities will be noticibly different.
o well, thanks for listening to my rant