Steve Vai going back to his roots...

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  1. TYR

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    and using Marshall again. Even though he's been a longtime Carvin endorser way back before his Legacy amps, I always though his best tones were with Marshall.

     
  2. C-4

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    Maybe he became wise to the slogan "If you want an amp that sounds like a Marshall, then buy a Marshall".
    I did, and am glad I did. :)
     
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    I'm soooo confused... it looks like he is running some type of a modeler, his pre-amp pedal and going straight into a the effects loop of the Marshalls????? My big question is why the Marshalls then?
     
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    He is endorsing Synergy preamp modules, I believe they just made a signature one for him. I think he still uses the Legacy pedal, though he has retired the amps since they aren't supported by Carvin audio anymore. He was on Andertons a while back, complaining about the sound of the Marshalls, and that he is just using them for backline. I would not be surprised if he moved to a Synergy power amp at some point.
     
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    I don't understand how it is that Marshalls supposedly all sound like Marshalls, even though their different models have a smorgasbord of different circuit layouts. I'm not saying it isn't the way it is, but I don't understand how it can be so.
     
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    I have found that different model Marshall amps each have a slightly different take on the Marshall sound.

    In order to understand this, one needs to have played different Marshall models to feel and hear these differences, but they are definitely there. :)
     
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    He's not using the Marshals at all, they're backups in case the Synergy power amp goes down. :)
    What we're hearing here is the Carvin preamp on the top of the rack going into the Axe-Fx into the Synergy power amp which powers the 4x12's.
     
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    Guitar through a preamp pedal into a rack of ultra processed digital modeling into the power amps return of rented marshall backline. Yep, right back to his roots.
     
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    Using delays from the Axe is hardly "ultra processed digital modeling" :bonk
     
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    Why can’t he just keep using his legacy amps? Its not like the ones he has immediately stopped working once carven went bust...am i missing somethinghere?
     
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    Amps need spare parts when they break, if the company that produced the parts no longer makes them, you are going to have a hard time having them serviced. He still owns a bunch of the Legacy amps, but lugging them all over the world is probably a non starter.
     
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    Imagine this. He likes to use different setups. You know. Like us. We can’t even make up our minds about rosewood and maple fingerboards. If we like nylon or bone nuts. If we like top wrapping or regular stringing tune o Matics. He can use whatever he wants whenever he wants.
     
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    As a matter of fact, so can we. :)
     
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    touché
     
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    There's nothing in those amps that you can't get replacement parts for.
     
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  16. Algebraist

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    Steve Vai going back to his roots makes me think of this video...

     
  17. Guitar Fixation

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    Sure, but he also wants an amp with his name on it to sell. It's a revenue stream for him, he says he like the sound, but if they are not producing it anymore, no additional cash for him. Nothing wrong with that, but he'll be signing up with an amp company at some point.
     
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    Aren't everyone's? :aok
     
  19. TYR

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    I always regretted selling my JCM800. ;)
     
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    Could be the Marshall is just there for show and maybe some stage volume.
     
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