OK, really, I’m the farthest thing from a Luddite folks––I’m a computer professional and blogger for gawd’s sake––but this move towards ‘digital everything’ is really starting to get on my analog-lovin’ nerves.
Yesterday I discovered Fender’s new digital modeling Stratocaster, and this morning I got an e-mail from BOSS pointing me towards another new Fender/Roland collaboration: the ’59 Fender Bassman pedal, and its partner in crime, the ’65 Deluxe Reverb pedal… yep, a classic tube amplifier in a box!
What can I say? Digital modeling has come a long ways in the last few years, and I’m the first to get in line for great tone at an affordable price, but my bull**** detector has me questioning how you can pack the warmth and downright organic sensitivity of a nearly fifty-year-old pine cabinet, vacuum tubes, and a 5AR4 rectifier into a few pieces of silicon and a little metal box.
Of course, I’ll save any real opinion for when I can do a hands-on review, but in the mean time I’m having a bit of a hard time swallowing this one.
My recent experience with digital amp and cabinet modeling has shown me that while there are a lot of amazing things you can do with a piece of software, recreating authentic, vintage tube-amp tone isn’t one of them.
That said, I’ll be the first to congratulate Fender & Roland if they can buck the trend!