Disclaimer: POD is not a bad product overall, this is all subjective and I wouldn't necessarily recommend against it. Eric Johnson is, not surprisingly, my tone idol. My rig is: CIJ '57 RI Strat w/Texas Specials (middle pup tone wired to bridge pup) -> Tube Driver w/bias knob -> T.C. Electronic Flashback x4 delay (in FX loop) -> 500X -> Sony MDR7506 headphones [mostly bedroom use for now] Of course, using the Fender Twin and Marshall 100W Plexi models on the POD, and I've done deep editing (mics, sag, bias, bias excursion, etc.,) experimented with choruses (honestly just disappointing, all of them,) delays (ok, I guess) and 'verbs (disappointing, but the '63 Spring is ok,) and tried all the other amp models. Trust me, I've experimented a TON with different settings. None of the sounds are *that* bad, but the lead tone sounds fizzy and lacks clarity, and the clean tone lacks shimmer. The EQ curves seem a bit "off" too (I've tried the Preamp/EQ section, but when you're starting with bad tone there's no fixing it.) Now, the inevitable question: Would I really notice THAT much of a difference upgrading to Fractal or Kemper? Should I get lower output neck and middle pups? Put an HS2 or 3 in the bridge to tighten up lead tones? Try the Giggity Pedal? Run the rig through a nice tube preamp and/or compressor and mixer? I can't think of much else. Strat, Tube Driver, Twin, Plexi, Delay, Verb should equal EJ, right? It gets CLOSE. Am I expecting too much of modeling? My favorite tones of EJ's are of course Cliffs, SRV, Manhattan, and all of the new album, especially Gem, On the Way (clean tones on the POD get nowhere close, but am I being unfair?,) the lead tone in Arithmetic, the clean Plexi tone in A Change Has Come to Me. Thoughts? Am I being too hard on modeling?