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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • When I was in the Guitar Center a while ago, they had some sort of setup (Roland, I think) that had many presets including "Keith Richards." It was fun to quickly dial in the open G tuning and crank out Stonsey riffs. And then to crank the tuning up to 'C' and play "Can't Get Enough" (Bad Company). Heck, I could probably even play Sonic Youth songs w/o constantly breaking strings while retuning (or w/o having 47.3 spare guitars). It was all a little too rich for me though...someday I hope to have some dispo
    • The nice thing about my setup is that the PODxt was $400, and the Variax was $400. $800 for the whole setup, plus $100 for the bass expansion pack (which turns the PODxt into a Bass PODxt). Plus $100 for my bass (used Ibanez Roadstar II). $1000 for the whole band! :-) I don't know your budget, of course, but for music equipment, it's pretty damned cheap.
  • ...the BOSS GS-10 to similar effect and it is also a great little box. The POD is probably a little easier to use to dial in the sound that you are looking for, but if you're prepared to spend a lot of time tweaking the EQ you can get whatever you are looking for out of the box.

    I'm playing a PRS Custom-24 at the moment and I can get an awful lot of tonal range out of it (so much so that I swore it would be the last guitar I'd ever buy), but I've been curious about the Variax for a while, and it sounds like
    • Yeah, I was looking very closely at the GT-8 (footpedal version) or GT-PRO (when I was looking at the PODxt Pro). But the experience of my friends and expandability with the Variax and the greater user base (so I could more easily get patches from others) and, as you mention, ease of use pushed me to the POD. But I am sure I would have been happy with the BOSS stuff too.

      If I needed a lot more flexibility in my effects etc., then I might feel more than the occasional pang of regret at going with the POD.