David Lamkins picked up his first guitar a long time ago. As best he can recall the year was 1967: the year of the Summer of Love. Four decades later David has conjured up an amalgam of folk, rock and jazz solo guitar music for the occasional intimate Portland audience.
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Maybe it's not a phase, after all...

Maybe it's not a phase, after all...

Over seven months have passed since I put my tube amps into storage and set up my modeling rig. My main impetus for going to modeling was to reduce the size and weight of my rig while still getting a sound I really liked. I programmed my sound without reference to any of the tube amps... I did the whole thing "by ear".

The modeling rig has held up nicely through a half-dozen gigs plus a lot of jams; it's also perfect for my practice sessions without abusing my ears.

I even brought the modeling rig to an amp shootout where it held its own quite nicely against a room full of custom, vintage and boutique amps.

In the back of my mind, though, I wondered whether the modeling rig would hold up one-on-one against my formerly favored tube amps.

Yesterday I had an hour to kill after work before Mary-Suzanne got home. I hauled out the tube amps: my homebrew amp, a Twin Reverb and a Vibro-King. Each one went up against the modeler. And each one went to back into storage. No regrets. No second thoughts.

I'm stunned. I'm going to try this again in another six months or so. If I needed the money today, though, I'd happily sell off the tube amps.

September 16 2007 03:22:38 GMT