There was a similar thread a few years ago I thought I'd start off fresh: I've never owned a solid state amp, and have only played through a couple in live settings. I'm a tube guy - it's all I've ever known and what I'm extremely comfortable with. Still, it's pretty amazing to listen to well known recordings with KILLER guitar tone, to then find out they were recorded with SOLID STATE amps! So here are the rules (edited 2/7/12): No slamming tubes vs solid state and vice versa! Name the player, recording and type of amp used. And it's go t to sound KILLER! First up -- Carlos Santana live at Woodstock - played through a Galien Kruger solid state. Allan Holdsworth with IOU, Gong, Bill Bruford ("Feels Good to Me" and "One of a Kind") - played through a Hartley Thompson solid state. Eddie Van Halen, solo in Michael Jackson' "Beat it" - played through Allan Holdsworth's Hartley Thompson solid state. Next?