Digitech GSP 1101

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  1. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    I posted this elsewhere and wanted to share.

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    I just replaced a very nice boutique-filled powered pedal board with a new Digitech GSP1101 rackmount.

    I know...I have been there and done that several times in the past.

    This is different. I got the unit brand new from Sweetwater (Thanks Greg Baum) along with a used Behringer MIDI controller. I received the unit on Wednesday and took it to a gig on Thursday. I set it up in the EXTERNAL PREAMP mode, and interfaced it via the 4-cable method with my Lone Star Classic combo.

    I selected the stomp box models and ran them into the front end of the amp with the effects section in the amp's loop. I programmed the MIDI pedal to switch my amp on the LEAD presets.

    Halfway through the first song the singer, bass player AND drummer were all looking at me like my hair was on fire......I actually thought something was wrong or off...Right after the song ended, they were all asking me when I learned all the new licks....??? (confusion on my part ensues...)

    I was playing the songs EXACTLY the way I always had been, but the improved clarity (even on the distorted lead settings) allowed my tone to come through SO much better it was astonishing, even though I was playing at or below the volume I normally play at. They told me, "Dang, you're a lot better player than we've been giving you credit for!"

    Eliminating all the signal loading from all the TRUE BYPASS and BOUTIQUE pedals I had between my guitar and amp was like cleaning a filmy, dirty windshield. (yes I tried a buffer and a Valvulator...didn't really help) The difference was TOTALLY incredible. I felt like I had put new strings on my guitar and new tubes in my Lone Star.

    The AD/DA conversion and transparancy of this $400 piece of gear is ridiculous. I have owned EVERYTHING in the last 22 years of semi and pro touring and recording experience. I have two Lone Stars now, running the second simply into the effects return for stereo and it's the best tone I have ever had. The stopmbox models in the GSP1101 actually sound like pedals. (I am not kidding)

    I show up to a pretty good-sized (1,800 seat) club gig with a 112 combo amp, a 2-space rack and a MIDI pedal and the soundman looked at me like I was crazy. (I guess he is used to seeing Spinal Tap-esque stacks...) I hit the first chord and his jaw dropped. It's incredibly easy to edit on the fly if you need to, and the switching is almost instaneous, even though it has fx spillover. My bassist noticed that when I was coming out of a solo and switched back to my crunch rhythm tone, the delay was still ringing from the last note of my solo. TOTALLY makes a one-guitar band sound fuller since it's not chopping the ambience upon switching. Nothing groundbreaking, but very nice at this pricepoint.

    For once, the Digitech ads were right on: the 1101 doesn't take over your rig, it just falls right into place as you can use it exactly as you desire. (Did I mention it's SUPER intuitive to program and the presets are excellent...very little of the over-ther-top crap that usually fills these types of devices...)

    I use it's fine sounding models in place of a POD for direct recording and kill the internal preamp when I am using it with my tube amps. Works great!!

    Is it perfect?? Not quite. No tap tempo (yet:jo) and no custom foot controller, but my buddy at Harmon says that both features should be available after January NAMM...(hopefully) Also, the tuner is a tiny bit slow to switch in and out, but those are very minor negs on this great unit. It's the best purchase I have made in years, and I have owned over 150 tube amps, hundreds of pedals, and most rack devices on the market over the years.

    I love the Digitech GSP1101 and thinks it's an amazing tool for guitarists.

    Rock on,

    Buddaman
     
  2. SeeMoore

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    I 2nd that emotion, very nice unit.

    It's the first modeler that actually sounds like an amp.

    I'm running it through a Peavey Bravo power amp section, EL84's, and it really sounds great!
     
  3. riker4208

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    Hey guys. I've been using the gnx4 at home as a direct recording/practice tool. I can't bypass the preamp section on the gnx4 *(at least I haven't figured out how) and I don't think the models are that great unless you are just messing around. I noticed many of the effects and stompbox models have the same names in both the gsp1101 and the gnx4. I'm wondering if the gsp1101 is basically the same as the gnx4, or drastically upgraded? One thing I do know is that the gnx4 doesn't have instantaneous switching. I'm interested in this little unit.
     
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    I sold my GSP- I think I was looking for something different. It modeled classic sounds very well, but the limited effects pallette and limited routing made it hard to do the strange freaky stuff I like to do a lot.
     
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    hey BUDDAMAN, this isn't a JOIN N SPAM board man; get lost.....
     
  8. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    wow...that was cool...um, I bought a piece of gear that I really enjoy and wanted to share it...:confused:...I don't have any affiliation with any company or anything...

    nice.

    real nice.

    Thanks,
     

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