Other Amps

Do I even dare admit this? (modeling content)


My entire collection of effect foot pedals was stolen in a burgurlary, in 2011. It was an extensive lifelong collection and I was absolutely devastated.

That would be a terrible day for me as well. Can't imagine.

Excellent working picker's perspective, Frank. Funny we've both ended up at the Quilter InterBlock as the ideal transparent-but-tweakable transportable platform solution. I also keep a 10-year-old Crate Powerblock, a too-early and (in retrospect) amazingly predictive entry into the weighs-nothing portable-power field - because it's stereo. And I must be stereo.


I think it makes a lot of sense these days. At home, or in a studio, it might make a lot of sense to have the gear. But live, if you can get 99% of the way there (and these days, you can, pretty easily) and you can do it with a lightweight, affordable, venue-friendly package? Yeah, that makes sense.

– Baxter

It does in a practical sense, and I have used solid-state amps and digital gear when the gig was work, simply put, or when transport/space limitations allow me no choice. But it's not fun, so I use the stone-age gear whenever I can. Sounds better too.

Enough "really practical!" digital boxes staring at me already in daily life.


Since this subject came up I too can confess. First the disclaimer: I'm not nor ever have been a "real" musician. I love my guitars but the closest I've been to being a gigging musician is family jams. With that out of the way, here is my go-to rig: interface into either a laptop or Surface Pro running Amplitube 4 into the effects loop of a Crate 150w through a cabinet loaded with an Organic Timbre 12. Quite happy with this set-up! There, now the world knows.


I got a Helix about a year ago. Been gigging with it since. I haven’t yet set up patches for going direct into PA, except for my acoustic guitar. I’ve created several “pedalboards” to use in front of the amp. My plan is to basically recreate the same boards, except add the amps and cabs and maybe EQ to the chain and put it through the PA in small venues and/ or to use as a backup if my amp blew. Just recently created a neat patch that sounds a bit like a Fender Rhodes.


I'm a few months in, and perfectly comfortable with this rig. That doesn't mean I'm selling my amps, but maybe a few.

For practice with one of my bands, I grab the helix and a guitar and my In-ear monitors, and we can have a near-silent rehearsal.

At home, I plug it into my Mac and and can sit and copy and paste and manipulate patches and settings really easily.

At gigs, I plug into an Alto TS-312 and use that behind me as an amp. Sounds more consistently good than my old pedalboard-into-Fender amp rig that I had spent dozens and maybe hundreds of hours dialing in. It seemed like my amp was getting cranky more often (a PCB amp with thousands of gigs on it) and the yards of George L's cables on my pedal board were starting to get flaky. One venue with crappy power issues would cause my Boss pedals to not want to switch on/off.

Now, I just plug and play, and the volume is more scalable*, and I can hear it better, which helps me sing easier, which makes me able to endure more nights in a row.

*Volume/Tone will NEVER be truly scalable, no matter how much you spend on an attenuator. The Fletcher-Munson effect is real, and ain't nothing we can do about it. (Although the "Loudness" switch on old stereo receivers was a cool idea!)

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