Submitted September 17, 2015 by Cobias y in Portland, OR
"all serious guitarists should have one"
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With that said, i dont, but i have seen them used and played through a rig that had one in it. The cool thing is, you can plug any amp ( tube OR solid state ) into it and get the sound you want at a certain volume on the amp . So if you have say a little combo amp that sounds great at a certain volume but isnt big enough to fill the room with its sound- you can do it with this, a good rackmount poweramp , and a larger cab. And this isnt just for oldschool arena rockers , its a useful tool for anyone wanting to manage their sound. And most people know that running time based effects like reverb delay chorus etc doesnt sound as good through a tube amps effects loop as it does behind the amp- meaning after the power amp . So you can do post amp effects with this. Yes you can still do in front of amp effects ( like wha and loop effects like eq ) or whatever you wish. If there are three things a serious electric guitarist should buy before they dump a bunch of money on an amp , effects, pedals etc , it would be a Marshall cab loaded with quality speakers, a quality mosfet power amp with at least 100 watts rms ouput , and this Plamer speaker simulator/load. It will give you so many options to control your sound and get a good tone.Even bedroom/hobbyist players could get alot out of one of these with a poweramp and a cab. With all these new micro heads coming out, you could get a good sound out of a reasonably low price 15 watt head or combo add quality effects and get that sound out of a 4x12 at any volume. So if you want to take the next step as an electric guitarist , buy this, a mosfet power amp ( like the rocktron velocity 300 ) , and a quality cab/speakers like Mashall with celestions ...THEN start with your amps and effects. It might cost a bit but if you keep this basic gear , youll always be happy. Even if you are off and on with your hobby or career , youll never regret owning this. Its the swiss army knife for guitarists... One thing i would like to see is a unit that can accept up to ten different inputs that is switchable. That would allow you to switch between multiple amps with the same speaker cabs...
have played guitar for 30 years
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