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I am curious what people are playing their guitars through. This does not get discussed much here and thought a thread about the gear we use would be nice.

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Amp - Bogner Atma head w/ Atma 1x12 cabinet .

Pedals - Eventide H9, PitchFactor, Space
Dunlop 95Q Wah, MXR Bass Envelope Filter, DOD Death Metal (nostalgia purchase, actually pretty cool) I do not use all of them at the same time.

Cables - Mogami Gold - I never wanted to worry about cables again so I simplified my options to Mogami Gold cables. One benefit of doing this is if I have a problem with a piece of gear, customer service always asks about your cables. When you can say “Mogami Golds 10 foot...” they don’t let you finish and say “No, those aren’t the problem.” It’s kind of nice.
 

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At the moment, I play everything into an old, cheap Line6 combo, because I have a young son who is learning to play guitar and don't want him using my Mesa Boogies which now live at my parents' home along with a few of my more valuable guitars. I also have 2 cats who like warm dark boxes to hide in, like the back of valve combos.

It sounds ok, covers up a lot of my mistakes and, at low volumes, can get passable clean and distorted tones without the need for externals. I've thought about going Kemper or AxeFX but it's too complicated for what I want to do on guitar nowadays. I just want to plug and play for a half hour here and there with simple controls and a couple of different tones per song.

I'd love to update to a more modern amp, but these days don't know where to start.
 

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My live set-up:

Amp: Marshall JVM205H with a Carvin Legacy 2x12 cab loaded with Celestion V30 and G12h Anniversary

Peadal board: Audiotechnica System 10 stomp wireless - Korg Pitchblack tuner - Morley Little Alligator volume - Digitech Drop - Morley Lynch Dragon II Wah (all to front input)
Truetone H20 Chorus/Echo - MXR 10 band EQ (all to effects loop)

cables: Planet Waves American Stage for long cables and Worlds Best Cables (Mogami wire with Eminence gold plated connectors) patch cables that I found on Amazon.

pedal board: Gator large aluminum orange with a T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon power supply

practice set-up: same but bypass the wireless and into a Marshall JVM215C with a V30 speaker

guitars: MIJ Ibanez, of course!
 

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Amp: Axe-Fx II Mark II

Pedal: Ernie Ball VP Junior

Cables: DiMarzio

Headphones: Beyerdymanic DT 770 Pro

I have some studio monitors as well (KRK Rockit 6) but rarely use them since my daughter was born. They kind of suck and I'd like something different, but no sense doing that with the amount I actually use them.
 

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It sounds ok, covers up a lot of my mistakes and, at low volumes, can get passable clean and distorted tones without the need for externals. I've thought about going Kemper or AxeFX but it's too complicated for what I want to do on guitar nowadays. I just want to plug and play for a half hour here and there with simple controls and a couple of different tones per song.
I think you'd find the Axe-Fx way less complicated than you think it would be, particularly if you have it running to a computer and use the Axe-Edit GUI. It looks just like a pedalboard and although you can get crazy tweaking stuff, the default settings are just fine. Like you, I mainly use the same patch for 90% of my playing and the only thing I'm doing is changing the tempo, which mostly is affecting the delay.



You can find a lot of the II's pretty affordably now that the III is out. Tone and processing wise, they're all the same and the features you get going to the XL and XL+ are mainly more memory for patches and cabs.
 

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I think you'd find the Axe-Fx way less complicated than you think it would be, particularly if you have it running to a computer and use the Axe-Edit GUI. It looks just like a pedalboard and although you can get crazy tweaking stuff, the default settings are just fine. Like you, I mainly use the same patch for 90% of my playing and the only thing I'm doing is changing the tempo, which mostly is affecting the delay.

You can find a lot of the II's pretty affordably now that the III is out. Tone and processing wise, they're all the same and the features you get going to the XL and XL+ are mainly more memory for patches and cabs.
The main thing that puts me off getting an Axe FX is that our PC is no where near my guitars and I've never been sure of what how to turn an Axe FX into a decent practice rig- power amps and speakers? Through the PC speakers? Powered cabs? The beauty of a Line 6 combo is that there's an on switch, and the noise comes out of the front just like it always has with an amp ;)

Yes, I am a dinosaur. No, I don't know Chris Pratt. Yes, Jeff Goldblum was great to work with in the originals.
 

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At the moment, I play everything into an old, cheap Line6 combo, because I have a young son who is learning to play guitar and don't want him using my Mesa Boogies which now live at my parents' home along with a few of my more valuable guitars. I also have 2 cats who like warm dark boxes to hide in, like the back of valve combos.

It sounds ok, covers up a lot of my mistakes and, at low volumes, can get passable clean and distorted tones without the need for externals. I've thought about going Kemper or AxeFX but it's too complicated for what I want to do on guitar nowadays. I just want to plug and play for a half hour here and there with simple controls and a couple of different tones per song.

I'd love to update to a more modern amp, but these days don't know where to start.
This is neither advice or fact, simply an observation that might be worth something to someone someday. The Bogner Helios 50, the Mesa/Boogie JP-2C, and the Mesa/Boogie TC-50 1x12 combo are all newer tube amps that have one thing in common: they sound good at low volumes and as the Volume Knob is turned up, the actual volume increases at a relatively equal proportion. My experience with tube amps has been more like: 0 - faint sound, 1 - quiet, does not sound great, 2 - too loud and the police are knocking on your door. It seems like there has been a conscious effort to make these tube amps usable at all volume levels while retaining the high wattage. I realize these are expensive amplifiers, and as far as I know, nothing has been done to keep cats out of them, but it seems to me they have been made to be more useful in more situations. It could have just been my imagination though.
 

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I have no issues with the low volume sound of a modern valve amp, I think they sound amazing, it's the fact that they're crammed full of stuff that can go wrong when you have two cats and a child that wants to be Tony Stark...

If they did a Axe FX 1x12 combo for less than a secondhand subcompact, I'd be all over it. As it is, it's too big a move for me to make for too little an increase in benefits.

You also have to remember that the fine detail of my hearing isn't what it used to be, so I don't need 100% modelling accuracy of an SLO100 vs a Bognor Ecstacy. I need

1) "high gain instrumental lead"
2) "metal rhythm"
3) "classic rock crunch"
4) "clean tone"

and that's about it.

But a dedicated SLO100 lead patch would be cool ;)
 

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The main thing that puts me off getting an Axe FX is that our PC is no where near my guitars and I've never been sure of what how to turn an Axe FX into a decent practice rig- power amps and speakers? Through the PC speakers? Powered cabs? The beauty of a Line 6 combo is that there's an on switch, and the noise comes out of the front just like it always has with an amp ;)

Yes, I am a dinosaur. No, I don't know Chris Pratt. Yes, Jeff Goldblum was great to work with in the originals.
Oh you meant a Line 6 AMP. Got you...totally different. I thought you were using one of their foot controllers or something and already had the whole setup in place to run a modeler. Scratch what I was saying. Moving to an Axe would be a way bigger deal for you. My whole setup is tied into the computer and is more like a home studio.
 

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Exactly, i'd love to make the switch, but I don't trust myself to have a guitar in my home office, and to go fully PC based for music would be just too big an outlay to justify given I don't know what i'm doing! I feel like there's nothing approaching a learning curve for old guys, it's a sheer cliff face!!!
 

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My JVMs sound awesome at any level. They both have a volume for each channel that I keep at 10 and use the Master 1 for regular volume and Master 2 for a boost for solos. Adjust Master settings for home practice or gig level sound. Really only get to around 3 1/2 on Master even on stage so far. Both are only 50 watts but some savage tube power for sure. Depending on settings, I can go from Beatles to Metallica and everything in between with the tap or 2 on the footswitch.
 

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I just sold a ton of amps and bought a Kemper. I kept my Spawn Quick Rod, Orange AD30, Fender Princeton. My Sunn Model T RI and Traynor YBA-1 are on the sell list, I'm just too lazy to do it
 

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My setup these days isn't very exciting when playing live.

Guitar : 1994 Jem 7V - stock aside from SD Full Shred in bridge, with the 2nd position wired to give me the bridge humbucker single coil.
Amp : Line 6 Helix floorboard into the rack running ableton live straight out to the PA, in-ear monitoring.
Monitoring : Shure SE535

In the past I used a traditional pedalboard into a Peavey 5150 and later a Cornford Hellcat but now I just use the Helix. In the past I played in metal bands playing original music so a 5150 was ideal, now I do more session work and covers because I need to pay bills, so a Helix was an obvious choice. Especially as during 2017 I had some pretty nasty pain in my back after carrying my Hellcat combo, could barely get out of bed for 2 weeks and have had it return 1-2 times since then, so I'm in no rush to go back to carrying amps when I get amazing results with my Helix (though I still have to carry PA speakers, etc).

There has been talk of some reunion gigs with my band from over a decade ago, I think if that happened I'd probably get my 5150 back in action.
 

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I think you'd find the Axe-Fx way less complicated than you think it would be, particularly if you have it running to a computer and use the Axe-Edit GUI. It looks just like a pedalboard and although you can get crazy tweaking stuff, the default settings are just fine. Like you, I mainly use the same patch for 90% of my playing and the only thing I'm doing is changing the tempo, which mostly is affecting the delay.



You can find a lot of the II's pretty affordably now that the III is out. Tone and processing wise, they're all the same and the features you get going to the XL and XL+ are mainly more memory for patches and cabs.
This is what I hate about the Kemper, it's so cool and sounds great, but there is no software to create profiles with
 

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This is what I hate about the Kemper, it's so cool and sounds great, but there is no software to create profiles with
I've heard that the Kemper is liked more by people who want their interface to be more like an amp and just want to turn knobs. Maybe it's the geek in me but I have always loved rack gear and have never had a cool regular amp, so the computer interface seemed like more of a feature to me than anything.

I find videos like this completely fascinating.

 

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It is more amp-like, but there is still a lot it does and a software interface would be beneficial. I hate to having to dig on a piece of gear to change things. Im sure I've even had amps I just turned on and used without ever touching a knobs, except the volume.
 

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Guitars

Ibanez S5520K Limited Austrailian Blackwood
Ibanez S6570Q - Blue
Ibanez PWM100 - Ash body

Amp:

EVH 5150III EL34 50 Watt head
EVH EL34 2X12 Cab

Effects

Gator XL Tour pedalboard with:
Hardwire Tuner
Soulpress Wah/Volume pedal
Boss Compressor
Boss Noise Suppressor
MXR 10 band EQ
Line 6 M13

Think that's about it.
 

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Pretty cool thread. It is interesting to see what equipment others use. As for me, I have a few setups for the different bands/projects I am involved with:

80s thrash band:

Guitars:
Ibanez PL 2660CI with BK warpigs.
Ibanez 540P II with BK warpigs.
Ibanez XV500BE with BK warpigs.

Amps/Cabs:
ENGL Savage 120.
Mesa Boogie Recto 2x12 and 4x12.
Marshall 1960B 4x12.

Effects:
Boss TU2
Dunlop EVH95 wah
ISP decimator
MXR EVH90 phase
Boss DD-3 delay
Boss ES-5 switcher

Rock Opera Project

Guitars: Various, mostly Ibanez and Charvel

Amps/Cabs:
Rivera KR7 - custom
Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier with Euro tubes high gain kit
Mesa Boogie Road ready 4x12 with EV speakers
VHT 4x12

Effects:
Bad Horsie Wah
Boss TU2
Digitech original whammy
MXR EVH90 phase
Boss DD-3 delay

Practice/Musicals/Cover band

Guitars:
Various, mostly Ibanez, Fender, and Godin

Amps/Cabs:
Fractal Audio AX-FX Ultra with FCB1010
Depending on application either Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier rack mount or Yamaha powered monitors
VHT 2x12

Outboard effects:
None
 

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nothing but a TS9 mini goes to the katana head.

I have to say being old school , I hate this milenial amps , where need to download patches and sh1ts before it sounds good.
No, I don't even do that on my katana, I'm just using the factory preset ( with TS9 always on). Somehow to lazy to drag my laptop and do that.
The katana goes to randall 1x12 with V30.

I hope next year I will get a real tube amp (again), being watch the HK grandmeister 40 deluxe lately.

Btw, the reason why I bought the katana because my laney IRT studio was dying.
I was hoping that the katana would sounds good right on, and i was wrong.
 
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