26 Proteus 1 month ago For my tastes, the demo of the BluG made me go BlahG. I wouldn't pay 800.00 to get any of those tones. It doesn't help that the dude used the Tone-Free-Zone that is a solidbody shredder Ibanez, so that the obligatory "clean tone" he couldn't wait to get done with in order to get to the gainy shredding sounded like clank clank with no warmth or resonance.I buy amps for their clean tones. And when all the demos for a device make quick work of the clean tone in order to get to the shredding, you can be pretty confident that device is optimized for shweddy shweddy gain gain. Which double-darns the BluG in my ears, because I didn't like any of the crunch tones either. (But what kind of semi-rumped [we're tying not to cuss] demo-dudeman leaves all the knobs straight up [except, of course, the holy GAIN knob] all the way through a demo? Is that really where it sounded best? Or is our engaging young blasé shredder just tone-deef?)OK, which is to say, with less judgmental vitriol (sorry), this device isn't for me. There's probably nothing wrong it, with that kind of music, or with guitar as a technical sport. I'm just too old and set in my ways to appreciate it. Yeah, that's it. (Except Steve Vai and Steve Morse have delicious tones.)Sorry for the rant. ANYway. Yeah. Don't get the BluG. It may actually be a great-sounding guitar processor, with fat juicy characterful clean tones, and the demo was just one-sided. But I wouldn't take the risk without trying it myself with a guitar I know well.If you really want universal plug-n-play every-kind-of-tone-you-could-want, all sounding like they're being recorded in a Big Boy Studio (and convincingly responsive under hand), just go all the way to a Line 6 Helix or Kemper Profiler - and get DOZENS of amps and HUNDREDS of effects all in one, through phones or into any amp or mixer or computer. They're more money than the BluG...but they're far more capable, entertaining and satisfying. (And I think that, extensive and powerful as Roland's technology is, both sound "realer" than the VG-99.)But you don't want to spend like that (and probably don't want the menu-and-knob complication). So, yeah, what they're saying.The Fender Mustang digital amp should be a strong contender, and the little Yamaha Bax mentions is worth consideration (though it's not as extensive in tonal variety). And Ric12 speaks truth (as would Frank Giffen if he stopped in): the Quilters are pretty magisterial in the domain of not-modeled but simply GREAT-sounding light, compact amps. (Though pricier than the Fender or the Yammer.) Do they sound like tubes? BZ says tubes don't have a sound, and I guess that's true, but Guitarist Lore is that guitar amps employing tubes have some identifiable tonal character or response that Knowledgable and Experienced guitarists can always tell from mere solid state or modeled or profiled pretenders. (And I think BZ only builds tube amps - incredible ones, in fact - so there may be something to this tube bidnis.)So...do the Quilters (or the somewhat similar, very good, but not quite as magical Tech21 Trademark series amps) SOUND like tube amps? I don't know. They sound wonderful, though. They respond like good amps. You play them and you don't "miss tubes." You just think "man, nice amp!"(Also, in blind PLAYing (not just listening) tests, actual Knowledgable and Experienced guitarists have been fooled by modeled and profiled amps, so unable to tell the difference from the "real" thing that they've either preferred the "wrong" one or psyched themselves into guessing wrong because they thought the better-sounding one must be one or the other and therefore the real tubes must be the OTHER one.)So. Maybe you're not necessarily looking for a tube amp - or even tube amp emulation; maybe instead you're looking for an amp that sounds and feels and responds to you and your electric guitar like a good amp. Also...at the risk of hurting your feelings I can't not mention that a ... Godin Multiac connected to a Roland VG-99 which goes through a Kustom solid-state practice amp ... doesn't immediately strike me as a formula likely to yield a satisfying electric guitar tone. The nylon-string Multiac would be harder than the steel-string to coax to modestly convincing electritude, but (if I can go by Godin's current website) none of the Multiacs have magnetic pickups. And the soul (or maybe the heart, but some vital organ) of an electric guitar is in the magnetic pickups. The piezo-electric impact/compression technology of the pickups in the Multiacs does most of a good job of imitating an acoustic guitar sound through an amp (though, you're right, not the same amp that best amplifies an electric) - but even with the modeling of the VG-99, it can't produce the same fundamental dynamic characteristics or frequency spectrum of strings disturbing a magnetic field.I have the Godin LGX-sa, a model with "normal" electric-guitar magnetic pickups, along with the piezo pickup in the bridge and synth access. And it does a dadburned good job of sounding something like an amplified acoustic guitar, as well as driving a guitar synth (or VG-99) with pretty good tracking. But even though it IS an electric guitar - and both feels and plays great - its tone has never really satisfied. I don't know if it's the all-maple solid construction and ebony fingerboard, but it sounds a bit sterile and one-dimensional (though no worse than the Ibanez in the BlahG demo). I jettisoned the original pickups and replaced them with others ten years ago, and just took delivery of a pair of TV Jones Setzer Sigs in an attempt to make it a more satisfying electric - but haven't installed them yet and don't know what the result will be. But NOW: ignore everything above the line immediately above "But ignore."If the Godin is really what you're trying to get electric guitar satisfaction from, your quest is doomed to the outer reaches of Ersatzia. Get an electric guitar with magnetic pickups. It doesn't have to be expensive. I suggest a Gretsch Electromatic 5422. Ignore the VG99 (as you had already determined to do). The solidstate Kustom is probably not going to be entirely satisfying either. I think the Fender Mustang amp remains a good starting point - lots of tech to satisfyingly and entertainingly (I don't say "authentically") "emulate" a range of amp types, with effects. Amp and speaker all in one package. And it's attractively priced. Who believes the 100-watt claim - but you don't need 100 watts, and it's going to be more than many times louder than I suspect you need.Importantly (at least for my personal bias, which I'm about to splain), you get a 12" Celestion speaker, so it's not going to sound like a guitar through a transistor radio.(My bias is that bigger speakers sound better, at the same volume, than smaller speakers. I gravitate to 12s and like 15s - in amps of any wattage from sub-watt to lots. I find it really hard to get happy with 6s, 8s are marginal. I have one adorable amp with 10s, and I've heard amps sound fabulous with more 10s. So the really small digital amps [like the Yamaha] lose me on sheer speaker area.)And, yes, as an alternative to the Fender Mustang, explore the Boss Katana. Haven't played one myself, but the brief is similar and I haven't heard anything bad about it. The Katana 50 (with a 12), at 200.00, could also be a hot ticket. Not to muddy the already roiling waters, but there's yet another approach. Several folks make amps about the size of the usual power supply or effect pedal; I like Quilter's MicroBlock 45. It sounds good, is loud enough for small gigs (so more than enough for home), will range from clean to dirty enough, and has simple (1-knob!) but interestingly effective EQ. No reverb, of course. That through a 1-10 or 1-12 cabinet amplifies cleanly and with satisfying tonal character; it also makes a fine "transparent" platform for pedals and processors like...Do you have an iPad? There's a handful of amp/effect apps for iOS I find utterly astonishing. They provide much of the functionality of something like the Line6 Helix (so - lots of amp and cab models, with a giggling cornucopia of effects) - at prices like 10.00 - 50.00. All very easily configured onscreen. My favorites: Agile AmpKit, Bias FX with Bias Amp 2 (which lets you build you own amp from modeled components), and Yonac's Tone Stack. (Another very simple one which sounds great is called Flying Haggis.)To use any of these, you need to get your guitar signal into and out of the iPad. There are numerous interfaces that accomplish this from as little as 39.00 to several hundred dollars. (Random list here: https://www.makeuseof.com/t...) (I use one with the unwieldy name of iConnectAudio4+MIDI, which also serves as a 4-channel universal input/output recording interface to my Mac or iPad - or both simultaneously.)So. Guitar into interface of choice, which is connected to iPad with the above apps. Out of the interface into: headphones, home stereo, or something like the Quilter Microblock-1-12 cabinet setup mentioned above. (I've spent untold hours blissing away with just guitar, iPad, and interface in hotel rooms and through the little JBL monitors in my studioffice.)If you have the iPad, you'll spend from 50.00 - x00.00 on apps (not buying them all at once till you see how you like the notion, and including in-app purchases). A good interface for 150.00. The Quilter for 150.00. About the same for a cabinet. (And of course you can start the guitar-iPad adventure [if you haven't already] with just the low-end interface and a few bucks in apps.)You'd be entertained for years, and never get to the end of it.While playing (almost) any electric guitar through (almost) any amp has been one of the principle organizing principals (and joys) of my life for 50 years, I feel like the ever-expanding audio horizons digital tech has made accessible (at a modest cost) is a gift the universe held in store for my old age. I'm as much enamored of science fiction as I was at 14, and gratefully recognize that I'm living in a future which that guitar-besotted kid could not possibly have imagined.I love tubes, but by golly it's all good. It's all bloody grand, in fact, and I just hope my health holds out while I explore it.