17 December 2015
Played all types of amps from the 70 to date Valve, germaniun, silicon transistor, mosfet and now Software emulation.
Yeah Valves sound sweet despite the tonality and gain change over time and the arm lengthening weight.
Hybrids are a bit less weight and OK.
But untill 2-3 years ago if it did not have valves it was a bit harsh an lacking warmth, then the software emulators hit the market and the first wave and the cheep end of the market were every bit as crap as expected.
but then Boss and line 6 brought out some really interesting stuff at most affordable prices.
I play in a band where the other guitarist has a full marshal stack (nice) and I have a Boss GT100 through a pare of 800Watt powered speakers after a bit of messing about yes it can give the marshal a run for its money on tone and drive, however at one click I can Fender, or Peavey, or Orange or what ever, plus a full host of Boss stomp pedals built in.
The big problem I find with people who try this kind of kit is they wop it through a guitar amp, big mistake it needs to go through a tonally neutral amp, i.e. high power powered PA speakers.
and a GT100 pops nicely under your arm and my powered PA speakers are a quarter the weight of marshal 4 x 12's.
So at one time I would have agreed with the original post, but not now.