So my friend asks me to go check out some guitars & amps with him. He's middle age, just decided he wants to play guitar. Now, I know what you're thinking LOL ... But this is no ordinary middle-age-I-always-wanted-to-play-guitar cat He's a virtuoso trumpet player, professional musician, composer & audio editor (I know him through work.. we have about a dozen world-class audio engineers working there - knowing them is a fringe benefit for me). If he sets his mind to it, he'll probably be better than me in about 2 years So, anyhow, I take him to the local music store. They have maybe 50-70 decent Squiers and Strats, and a few Epi & Gibby LP's. Good stuff. He wants me to give him rock-guitar 101. How to make a guitar sound like a guitar. So I plug into a Mustang III. Supposed to be "the best" low-cost modeler around, from what I read here (First time I plugged into one for that matter). It sounded kinda "blah" to me.. Processed, not chimey or smooth. The funny thing is, he hears it too. He fiddled with the knobs for a bit while I played. Then he says "What's wrong here?? I mean, it sounds good, but it's missing something. I dunno what... it's just missing something". So I unplug, and fire up a Champ XD instead. Sudden tonal bliss. He starts smiling. He says "That's unreal. That sounds SO MUCH BETTER. And it's the same price as this one? How can that be???" (Pointing to the Mustang) I say... You know it's coming... "Real tubes"