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5/23/2010

Best modeling amp

The music boom the world has testified on the past decades has created an astounding universe of sonic possibilities. A guitar player, for instance, will certainly be overwhelmed by the amount of choice when he/she enters the instrument store.

Like every guitar gear piece, all amplifiers have strenghts and weaknesses. And everybody dreams of the possibility of joining the hot-spots of several good amplifiers on one sole box. The industries discovered this guitar dream, and took the chance to give an answer to the modern guitar player needs. The modeling amps were born.

A modeling amp is an amplifier that focuses on diversity, rather than one-skill-mastery. It's a Jack of all Trades. Its goal is to provide many tone possibilities, for versatility, music exploring, personal tone finding, music introducing/education, you name it. They generally come packed with effects, such as delay, reverb/echo, distortion, flanger, sometimes octaver... Many times they even simulate several other brand's guitar amplifiers, using pseudonyms to let people know the amp that preset was based on without having copyright lawsuits banging on their door. :P

Well, but just like on everything else in life, there are always good (i.e. convincing, similar to the original) copies and.... not-so-good copies. :P Just like there are "real" Jack of all Trades and... a lack of all Trades, I would say... :P Perhaps it's not that simple, since it's all a matter of personal taste, right? But there may be some Jack of all Trades that "deceive" more people than others. Let's find out the Jacks there are around... shall we?

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TDPRI forum topic
Original Post Date: December 2007
Original Poster Question: Best sounding modeling amp

- VOX (most mentioned: Valvetronix): 15
- Line 6 (most mentioned: Flextone III): 8
- Fender Cyber: 5
- Roland Cube (most mentioned: 60): 4
- Peavey Vypyr: 2

The Gear Page forum topic
Original Post Date: March 2008
Original Poster Question: good modeling amp to take to small gigs without pedal boards

- VOX (most mentioned: Valvetronix): 17
- Fractal (most mentioned: Axe-FX): 12
- Line 6 (most mentioned: Flextone, Spider Valve): 9
- Yamaha DG 80: 6
- Hughes & Kettner (most mentioned: Switchblade): 4
- Roland Cube 60: 4
- Fender: 3
- Peavey Transformer: 1
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Mentions Line 6 Vetta II, Fender Cyber-Twin, Roland VGA, VOX Valvetronix and Peavey Vypyr.

Guitar Masterclass forum topic
Original Post Date: October 2009
Original Poster Question: The high-end Modeling Amp

- Fractal Axe-FX: 4
- Fender Cyber-Twin: 1
- Hughes & Kettner Zen Tera: 1
- Line 6 Vetta: 1



And the Jack of ALL of the Trades is:

1 - VOX: 15 + 17 + 1 = 33
Vox Valvetronix VT30 Guitar Combo Amplifier - 1x10 inch, 30 watts

2 - Line 6: 1 + 9 + 1 + 8 = 19
Line 6 Spider IV 75 75-watt 1x12 Modeling Guitar Amplifier

3 - Fractal Axe-FX: 4 + 12 = 16
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First of all, I apologize for the few forums reviewed, but in fact I couldn't find many forums debating modeling AMPS instead of modeling units, like pedals and pods. It was VOX, especially the Valvetronix, that got the most mentions. However, I would like to overline how the people that mentioned Fractal Axe-FX emphasized that was the very best on the market (and possibly one of the most expensive, too). So maybe Fractal didn't deserve just a 3rd place; in fact, we are talking about modeling amps and not units, but still, many people "insisted" on mentioning the fractal axe-fx unit as a good alternative to an amp with built-in modeling options. Just thought it was worth mentioning.

Happy string pulling! ;)

2 comments:

  1. The axe-fx isn't an amp...

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  2. The axe-fx was included on the list only because it was so mentioned in the community. I explained this on the article conclusion.

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