Sep’10 – Line 6 Amp

Boys & Girls – For September 2010, TTK has teamed up w/ Line 6, and will be giving away a ROCKING COOL prize : 

  • The Line 6 Spider Valve MkII 1×12 Combo Amp, along with the matching FBV Shortboard MkII Controller

Congratulations to our WINNER : dillonmcannnell

Here is his OLD school / NEW school comment :

well OLD school to me is hearing my dad playing awsome songs from the 70s and 80s and hearing his guitar player phill play a marshall jcm with tubes and just seeing them have fun NEW school me playing with my dads band and having so much fun trying to keep up with them AND MODELING my sound to try to be like my father because his sound is the TONE i chase

How can I win? 

Its’ simple – all you need to do is watch this video by clicking here (or by watching below), and leave a comment, or a video reply, telling us about something ‘Old School / New School’.  As noted in the video - The Line 6 Spider Valve series is all about Old School / New School.  Old School tubes coupled w/ New School modeling truly gives you the best of both worlds – the versatility of modeling, with the smooth, warm tones of tubes – all in a single package.  

It truly can’t be easier than that!  Just leave a comment or a video reply.  This isn’t a talent show, and isn’t a popularity contest.  We told you a story – now it’s your turn to tell us a story, on theme w/ Old School / New School. 

 

When will a winner be announced?

On the next TTK live webcast (Friday September 24th, starting @ 2 minutes to midnight GMT-4 EDT, GMT-5 EST; New York City time), we’ll announce one lucky winner.  Line 6 and TTK will read / watch all of the replies, and pick our favorite.  That’s it!

Live Webcast

Full details on the live webcast can be found by clicking here, or by visiting : http://thetoneking.com/wp/ttklive/

Amp Specs

Full details on the Line 6 Spider Valve MkII 1×12 Combo Amp and FBV Shortboard MkII Controller can be found here :

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  1. Ralph Gammelseter says:

    Back in the mid 60s I was able to purchase an almost new Fender Super Reverb amp from an insurance company( it was a stolen-recovered deal) for $ 250.00. It was a two channel 4-10 in. Speakers. We pounded the hell out of that thing but it took it all. Both channels on ten plus any pedal couldn’t kill it. At that time I was “tube guy all the way”. Fast forward to 1990s. I went to a demo of a all transistor Peavey Bandit versus a Fender Twin. With everyone facing away from the amps we were asked to pick out the tube amp, you guessed it almost everyone picked the Bandit. It gave me a different outlook on sound quality, also the Bandit was $200.00 cheaper. I still have a Peavey 30 watt tube amp, as well as a Line6 111-75 watt, and just bought a Line6 Jam. That controller would come in very handy, and I can “piggyback” all three Line6s. I’m 66 and have just started another rock band.those big halls need a lot of volume Lol. Thanks for letting me have a chance, Ralph.

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  7. trapneck says:

    hi TTK, been hanging around watching and enjoying all your vids but i think its my first post,,, old school and new school is like when me and my cousin listen to our relatives rehersing black sabbath to guns and roses and we use to jump on our sofa’s playing along with them and that was like heaven than playing outside with our friend till we had our own band following our families footstep ,,,,the 90′s music was like the rock for us and our uncles are more on following us than us to them but the old school gave us the inspiration to do what we wanted to do and enjoying every second of it,,,,luv ur shows TTK

  8. dave1z says:

    I began playing nearly 30 years ago with an amp that I built out of old barn siding and a tube amp that was pulled out of a record player. How’s that for old school??? I still have pictures of it!
    In fact I won my first talent show using that thing. Wish I still had it.

    Anyway, since then I have become a computer programmer, and have had my own computer stores both in the U.S. and the U.K. I have tried various PC modeling software and have often pined over having a portable rig that had the best of both my computer and music worlds. I think that this amp would fill that ticket VERY nicely. Thanks

  9. Bob Whitham says:

    Another old school/new school I just thought of. This shows I’m old school, old any way. I use a 1975 Marshall 100 watt MkII Super Lead with a Marshall JCM 800 4X12, and a Marshall 9001 3-ch all tube preamp. That is my old school Super awesome tone Generator, did I say Marshall? I Record all of my Tracks on a Tascam Digital DP-02 Portastudio. When the preveious Old/new I did earlier 63 gibson w/EMG 81P is combined with the above Old School Marshall Tone Machine and the New School Digital 8-track. You get the best of both worlds. I know most people think that the old Marshall stuff is for old hard rock/acid rock, but let me tell ya with the combo of the 9001 preamp and the EMGs I can play any Metal I want. I can also use a semi-old school Mesa Trem-O-Verb 2X12 combo for so called modern sounds. Doesn’t matter either way super tone and any sound I, or you, could possibly want from old school to the newest new school. Though my ears are ringing from all the half-stack volume. LoL!! I can live with it, My neighbors 1/2 mile away can’t though!! BwaaaHaaaaa!

    Super Horns at ya,

    Bob-O

  10. Rocker 38 Minnesota says:

    Hi Tone King! I’ve been hanging out in the background enjoying all your videos and reviews. You provide a great service! Thanks! Regarding the old school/ new school…I remember when Living Colour played in my college gym back in Nov ’93 (I believe that was their last concert in the U.S. before touring South America and then breaking up at that time). I entered the a gym couple hours before the show, while our school basketball team was still practicing in the other gym across the hall. No one else was around and I was watching Vernon Reid, Doug Wimbish,and Will Calhoun all sound check. It was amazing seeing all of the gear they had at that time. It was also amazing that no one questioned why I was staring at them the whole time too. haha. Our basketball team finished practicing and left the building, leaving just Living Colour, the crew and myself. The school also locked the doors so that no concert goers could get in until approximately 45 minutes before the show. Will Calhoun walked by me a few times and said “hi” (I think he thought that I worked there doing security, or worked for “Subway” since I was next to their giant subs and soda) The school opened the doors and a bunch of college kids mixed with some locals entered the general admission seating. I quickly made my way to the very front, right in front of Vernon Reid’s guitar rig. It was insane seeing a pro with his effects pedals, guitars, and master technique all so close. At the time, I only used, and could afford, a Boss Heavy Metal and Super chorus pedal. Vernon, of course, had all kinds of cool gadgets and things that I couldn’t even identify. Thousands of dollars worth. These were and still would be out of my economic reach. I never thought that even half of that would be accessible to me. Fast forward to 2010 and Line 6 has made this a reality by including an amp with great tone, modeling, bunch of effects and editing all at an affordable price. Awesome, and a dream come true :-) Thank you! The Living Colour concert was great and a college memory that I will never forget. It was worth losing a little hearing due Vernon’s shredding and his speaker cabs being pointed at my head, haha. Rock On!

  11. Bob Whitham says:

    New school/old school huh? I got it myself and a ESP Gus-600EC. No really I have a 1963 Gibson SGTV with a EMG 81-P (The P sizeed EMG 81. It would have the 18-volt mod but not enough room for 2 batteries. Well that is my New School/Old School.

  12. occum says:

    Such great stories of old school new school posted here! Here’s mine, maybe not too exciting and maybe not too interesting as some, but here go’s:

    Old school: I use an old Gibson L6S Electric Guitar, which I tune with an old Peterson Guitar Tuner Model 100 both are plugged into an old Yamaha VX Series 15 Amplifier, which I bought sometime around 1984, or there such.

    New school: This is about as new as it gets for me…My wife recently bought me (as a present for my recent birthday) a new Peterson Stroboflip Tuner, I know they aren’t the newest Peterson tuner on the market, but for me..hey.

    I now use both Peterson tuners to tune. I am quite familiar with The Line 6 Spider Valve MkII 1X12 Combo Amp and the Matching FBV Shortboard MKII by visiting the Line 6 website to day dream and drool over all the great gear there. I think that the engineers who developed these two great units, really caught lighting in a bottle, by mixing Old School tubes coupled with New School modeling.

    Band – Old School: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    New School: The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    I am always amazed as to how fresh Jimi’s music still sounds today, as it did back in the late sixties. The sheer number of young people who are just now “Experiencing” his music (and loving it) will attest to how great he and “The Experience” was.

    If I may piggy back on nght5tlkr…”Good luck to all participants! Whoever wins will be one happy player”……indeed!!

  13. laplayantonio says:

    been a long time oldschool, remember the time I was using my Marshall combo, an MXR fuzzbox + a chorus + a WEM Copycat tape delay and happy with it…

    also turnede years later to just carry my XTLive around and plug to PA, no head+boxes load, wow… when used with a competent crew + equipment, just as happy with amp modelling…

    Rheinhold Bogner + Line6 have got into the right blend of both worlds, hope I win those…!!! :D

  14. Ynvi says:

    For Old School stuff, i used to use tube preamps like ADA MP1 and Lee Jackson Gp1000. ADA was/is good for the style of Stratovarius and Testament. Gp 1000 is great, if you want to sound like old Megadeth, Stone or Children of Bodom.

    My New School stuff comes from POD Farm 2. I love it’s sound and simplicity. Tube amp models respond for a picking power and dynamics very nicely.

    Combining warm, aggressive and dynamic sound on tube amp with easiness of changing and creating new presets, lots of effect models and so on, would be a dream come true.

    The question is: Is Line 6 Spider Valve MkII offering all this?

    Thanks,
    Ynvi

  15. george says:

    I am the epitome of old school. As an older musician, it’s sometimes hard to get the sounds I’m looking for from the modern whiz-bangs. But I’ve heard some good sounds on the reviews of these amps…and whether I win this one or not, I will be getting one soon. :-)

  16. michael burton says:

    Back in the day guitar’s and gear were so much simpler. Line 6 brings back that old school feel with this amp, but it’s very pleasing to the modern guitarist. This amp kinda reminds me of leather pants. Every Rocker owned a pair of leather pants whether they liked it or not! This amp is like those leather pants but acquires more comfort for those long shows. And some more breathing room if you know what I mean. =) and more pockets!

  17. sammy16 says:

    it both sounds great
    kerry kings marshall sounds awesome.
    john frusciante old marshall from 1970 sounds great to
    what is the differtns?
    i dont care i would pay more for a old amp but if a new amp sounds better i would play a new amp.
    i really like line 6.
    it sounds always good.

    greetz

  18. sawio says:

    we need all those OLD school tones but with the NEW school techonlogy, stability, versitality and performance. So yes, rock on old/new school!! ;)

  19. madjack says:

    A couple years ago, my wife and I went to Jackpot Nevada for her birthday. She likes to play the machines and I went to catch a live performance by Loverboy. Back in the 80′s I had the fortune of seeing them live on the Get Lucky tour, and thought it would be cool to see them again in a more intimate setting. I was not diappointed. They rocked the house just as they did almost 30 years prior. Paul Dean’s Marshall/Strat tone is phenominal. Anyay, my wife and I were playing the machines after the show when she said to me “Hey, isn’t that the drummer?” Matt Fryette was standing directly behind us. I think he was patrolling the casino for hotties to take back to the party and my wife fit the criteria. For the next 45 minutes, I bought him a couple drinks and embarked on a conversation about glory days past and present. We talked about his gigantic gold glitter drum kit from the 80′s and how he had to sell it to a friend, and how he expects to buy it back. We talked about everything from Canada to gardening. He is probably the most grounded guy I have met. When I inquired on the whereabouts of Paul Dean, he pointed upstairs and got up from his seat and motioned for me and my wife to follow him. I was all for it, but my wife was reluctant. We shook hands, he autographed our ticket stubs, and he led his entourage of impatient ladies out of the casino. Later, I asked my wife why she didn’t want to go party. She said that I was the only rockstar for her. Thanks Tone King for the contest. Hope you enjoy this one!

  20. colin says:

    well my story is about ,the old school way i used to tune my guitar!! when i first started playing i used i pitch fork!!or we used a record player and put on a song then tuned the E string to the record,and i sometime used a pitch pipe ,but the trouble was the guitar never was relay in tune ,but when the new school tuners like the boss came into play that was it for me just so much better sounding guitar,and it was in tune!!so that my old school /new school story,pitch fork /electronic tuners

  21. Alain (Malachi01) says:

    When I moved to nyc I was like 12 back in 2001, my dream had always been to play guitar but I couldnt afford one, one day looking through my uncle’s stuff (i was bored) i found his 34 year old Phantom stratocaster (i dont think they make those anymore idk) it was a piece of crap, the pick ups were rusty and the strings were white cause they were so old but to me it was the most beautiful thing ever, I remember being so scared cause I had broken one string the night I found it, my uncle said they were just too old (no shit rite! now I realize) so he got me new strings and teached me a few chords. He also had an old gorilla little amp, I remember it had a big Gorilla sticked to the front of the amp, it was hilarious and it sounded like monkey balls too, but like I said, to me that amp sounded like zack wylde’s Marshall, Next few years I would spend days and nights playin the hell out of my crappy equipment and of course annoying my Mom and family.
    thats my old school story hope you enjoy it, now days I play in a band in NJ, I live in NYC so I travel every weekend to rehearse, its hard when u have to travel several hours and just one day a week to rehearse and learn/write songs but I love what I do so I wont stop. The reason why I am participating in this is because I really need a practice amp at home since all my equipment is in NJ at the moment, it would be nuts to be carrying a half stack back and forth every weekend. well thats it for my story, I love your videos and your youtube channel…HORNS UP!!

  22. Peter Pena says:

    hey tone king. been watching your videos forever now. so here is my old school new school. Ive been listening to metallica for 5 years now. they are my favorite band. they are what i consider OLD SCHOOL thrash and OLD SCHOOL metal. i could never stop listening to to them and know i have my own band. i work so hard on my band. Ive stayed up many nights just working on songs, practicing, and looking for shows online. Many times even missing the bus to school the next morning. tonight we played a show Opening for Sworn Enemy and setting up was not fun. having multiple problems with amp, pedal board, cables, and guitar. this made our set short because of the strict time limit. this cannot keep happening. not being able to change tones easily and struggling with everything. i just want to be able to concentrate on the playing and music. my favorite bands are the OLD SCHOOL. i just wanna work so hard to become the NEW SCHOOL. the new band thats going around. this is all i like to do, all i love to do. to be on stage playing for people seeing everyone really move and enjoy the music. i want to be the NEW SCHOOL Metal BAND. please help us out tone king. winning this amp would help a lot and would mean so much to me. making things easier and more enjoyable. i just want to have a great time and i want others to have a great time. hopefully some day we get to tour some where near and you and u can come to the show and really see our dedication. let me win this amp and know that your helping a young band and motivating a young band to be everything we want to be. THERASHEDBAND.COM THX FOR READING TONE KING!! hope to see that amp in my room lol

  23. Greg Cheatum says:

    A coupla years ago as i was re-entering my love of playing Line6 had a promo with Laguna! i went to the local stostore and picked up The new guitar and line 6 Amp! Plugged in at home and was amazed at the ability to carve out all those pent up hostilities of a crumbling economy! Being a lover of the blues I have followed the trail of tube amps and in that process have discovered beautiful break up tones that can’t go rock and rock that can’t break up! During the down turn I let my line 6 go to my son along with a treasured LP.The days are long as i think of the tones that were available at the push of a button. In life we will all have regrets ! I realize now giving up my line 6 was a very sad time. Now as the nation recovers I look forward to the new setup that will allow sweet sounds to emit from my room as we remember the words ” LEST WE NOT FORGET! The Line6 has the ability to bring on the sweet tube tones of Buddy Holly , a lil SRV and grind some modern Rock ! What a Great time to continue the education that started a long time ago.The ability to purge the soul has never been better!

  24. ambienttales says:

    ‘Old School-New School’
    First Thank You for Running this awesome Giveaway and a Lucky Winner will be very happy!

    As a later bloomer Guitar player I was very interested in Modeling Units and my first unit (still have it) was a Korg Pandora PX-3, soon followed by a Line 6 Pod 2.0, and picked up a Line6 Variax 500 digital modeling guitar as well (have them all except the Pod2.0 as sold it to buy a Podxt and added 3 Model Packs. I do have other guitars as well besides the Variax , and started with a Vox Pathfinder 15 Solid State and then the Atomic Reactor 18 Watt was out and I purchased one to use with the Podxt and its “good” but not the sound, tone nor features of a Line6-Reinhold Bogner Spider Valve MKII 1×12 (plus the FBV Shortboard MkII Controller (including Software!)

    The Atomic does have a effects loop and I started adding effects that I ran either in front of tht amp or in the effects loop
    (In addition to the Podxt) I varied a EHX SMM with Hazari, Boss Slicer, EHX Cathedral Reverb and a Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter.
    While the Atomic Reactor in concept is interesting the Spider Valve MKII is light years ahead in its technology , The Floorboard option is superb and if it had been available (when I bought the Atomic Reactor) it would have been a no brainer. Tube wise the Atomic has 2 EL84′s and 1 12AX7A , no comparison to the Preamp and Power Stage
    of the Spider Valve and Line 6 (IMO) started the Amp Modeling (amps-effects-Cabs) and has gone in to Guitars (with the James Tyler Variax’s out soon, and the numerous options of effects (single style, (such a Echo Park) to the MM4 and its counterparts
    The M9 and M13 and I am anxiously awaiting further info on the HD500, HD400 and HD300.

    I seem that I am 100% modeling and I guess I am close to it, I have no isues using great sounding Line6 products (and have heard and tried no very good modeling units) I have a Gibson Blueshawk Guitar, Epiphone Elitist 57′ Goldtop, Schecter Tempest Custom, PRS SE Tremonti,The Variax 500 and a Takamine EG530C A/E

    I have only owned Solid State amps prior to the Atomic Reactor (of which I have kept the Vox Pathfinder as it sounds very good)

    and using Digital Modeling Devices in front on a amplifier (to me)
    colors the sound of the amp and does not give any modeling device a chance to be heard.

    The Line 6 -Reinhold Bogner Spider Series and the Spider Valve MKII 1×12 as well as the FBV Shorboard MKII controller(and software)
    Lets the mixture of ‘Old School- New School’ Shine Brightly and brings out the best in a Guitarist (wether using the fab presets or utilizing manual tweaking of the controls! Rock On (or what ever type of Music that You play! This is the Amplifier for You and has
    turned another corner in Industry Leading Line 6 and the Genious of
    Reinhold Bogner *Sure Glad that They Paired Up!

    Sincerely and Best of Luck to all Participants!

    ambienttales

    and Thanks Again The Tone King and Line 6 for this Giveaway! Its a

    Super One for Sure!

  25. I run a 12 space HEAVY ass rack live. I love the tones but I am at the mercy of the tone fairies! I often and at the last minute find a buzz, or my midi controller stops working, or one of the effects units blow out, etc. I have a X3 live as my backup rig. I’ve had just as many compliments on my tone when I’ve used it too. I would switch over completely because it is nice to carry only a guitar case and X3 case to a gig. BUTTTTTTTTTTTttttttT

    Here is what stops me from dropping the big rig. if I just run Direct only without a tube amp & cab I loose that life that only a tube amp can bring. It is that Mysterious collaboration of parts that you can feel that allows you to relax and connect with the crowd. I would guess this is where the Tube Combo could really shine!!! All the versatility Plus the TONE without the Weight! That sounds like a good idea to me.

  26. Chris says:

    Old school/new school. Like the concept. I play through a Peavey Vypyr (probably a competitor to Line 6, oops) so I’m familiar with it. The warmth of tubes is something that any fan of rock and roll (or any older music) can appreciate. Think The Who, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Rolling Stone, etc. etc. ad infinitum and you can hear that warm growl of overdriven tubes. I, unfortunately, had never owned a tube amp before the vypyr which I got a year ago. A Crate ministack I bought in college (in 1992) was all I had. Not too bad, but that solid state never sounded “warm”. But now, that tube sag is all I ever want! Looking at practice amps that aren’t so heavy but that have tubes. This would be great! So, if you’re looking for someone whose been playing 20+ years (when did I get old?) and needs the item, I’m your man.
    Rock it like its a rental!
    Chris

  27. Mike B says:

    I’m 41 and recently joined a new band with 3 other 40 somethings. The four of us have little or no experience being in a band other than a high school punk band I played guitar in during the mid 80′s. We all feel like kids again when get together for practice. We’re having a mid-life blast.

    Only a few years ago did I pick up a guitar again and wow! was I ever rusty. I’ve discovered tons of new school gadgets and gear. Back in the day I had to borrow whatever I could get my hands on. These days I’m a little more discerning.

    Love Line 6 (I own an older Spider III combo) and this Spider Valve is amazing. Like me it’s old school at heart with new school attitude.

    Happy to be rockin’ again,
    Mike B

  28. Rick says:

    One day at work, one of my co-workers who I had occasionally talked to about music came in to my office. He asked if I could due him a huge favor and sit in with his band.
    I was shocked. I said, “You do know that I am 49 and I assume that your band are all much younger. He did not care.
    He said that his band finally got a series of gigs at three clubs and he needed a guitarist ASAP as the in the band had fallen off his motorcycle and broke his elbow and collarbone.
    I said why not and went to meet the band. This is when the old school/new school thing hit me.
    When I met the guitarist, I asked what setup he was using. He said he uses “Amplitude” loaded on a laptop and plugs his guitar into the laptop. The laptop is connected to the house’s sound system.

    Now do not get me wrong, I have no problem with all the various modeling amps (in fact I am thinking about the getting a nice modeling amp) and the many other ways that technology has offered musicians more options, but no actual amp? Maybe I just too old school.

    As I looked at the rest of the band, I realized that I have been playing in various bands for longer than most of these guys (who were all in their mid twenties) have been alive. Someone asked what set-up I use. I said I have a Marshall Head with a 4/12 cab and a 4/10 Hot Rod Deville combo. Here I was with a ton of gear while their guitarist’s gear could be held in two hands.

    The gigs went great and the band was a lot of fun. I have even thought about putting a band together, but I wonder if I can still find enough people who want to be in an “old school” rock band.

  29. Armin says:

    The very first amp i got was a line 6 spider 15 watt. I thought it was pretty cool with all the different features and function. One day, one of my friends came over and as soon as he saw the amp he started to laugh. He said “what is that solid state, line 6 piece of shit.” I believed him. I put the amp aside and that was that. months went by and i finally saved some money and bought a, what sound to my ears, a shitty used tube amp recommended by my friend. What can i do with it. NOTHING. There was one thing i did like thought. The tone when i made the volume extremely high. I missed my solid state my $100 spider, even though i had a $400 tube in front of me. When I heard of the line 6 MkII, I knew i had to have it. And after i looked at a couple video’s of it, it was like the amp was made just for me. But NO, i was stuck with no money because i had spent it all, because of my friends “expertise” in the tone I LIKE. Don’t make the same mistake, listen to you ears and how the sound makes you feel, not anyone else.

  30. NatKill_905 says:

    well im 15 and i just live with the 60′s 70′s 80′s 90′s metal and hard rock and now with the new wave of thrash metal and for me is so essential to just have a amp that can go to all my favorite classic band sounds with a new school style that makes a little bit more original sound witch every body is searching. This amp will help so much first because right now my amp is broken and im searching a good versatile one, and whant a amp that i can do recordings with it and practice as well and think that this is the best for it. keep on rocking and dethcha pull!!

  31. Kristian Elias says:

    I lovee old school music. I listen to old school rock like AC/DC, Guns N Roses, Zeppelin, Van halen, Maiden, Metallica and so on. I make old school rock music with my band. And as a 15 year old boy, im inspired by the Old School stuff. I don’t listen that much to the new school music, but i want to learn to play it, because i think that it will help me become a better guitar player. When i listen to new school music, and i hear the technical guitar solos i really want to learn how to play them. So my dream is to be able to play the new school guitar solos and rhytms and combine it with the old school, and make awesome music !!

  32. colin says:

    well my story is about ,the old school way i used to tune my guitar when i first started playing i used i pitch fork!!or we used a record player and put on a song then tuned the E string to the record,and i sometime used a pitch pipe ,but the trouble was the guitar never was relay in tune ,but when the new school tuners like the boss came into play that was it for me just so much better sounding guitar,and it was in tune!!so that my old school /new school story,pitch fork /electronic tuners

  33. metallicarockall says:

    i am 14 and have gone through many phases of old school and new school, a persons taste in music can change almost overnight. i started off getting into metal/rock 4 years and quickly got into guns n roses in their glory years (1985 – 1992), i listened to them endlessly, and established Slash as my favourite guitarist, i never though he was the best guitarist, but he was and always will be my favourite, i loved the old school music done by him and guns, and got into bands of similar time, such as ACDC, van halen, hendrix(earlier time i know) led zep and Metallica’s earlier stuff. I later went through a punk/alternative phase, listening to sum41, blink 182 and such, but i quickly grew tired of this types of new school music, and went back to old school bands. this was 2 years ago, and i was incredibly excited about the new guns n roses album which i though would be amazing even tho slash wasnt in it :( when it came out and i discovered it sucked, i developed a taste in death/black metal, listening to children of bodom, kalmah, dragonforce, arch enemy and the likes. then i listened to what i think is the ultimate blend of new school and old school, i love joe satriani who plays old school stuff and uses new school techniques, and slash as always who in his new solo album, has changed his style tto go with the times, but still kept that element of old school guitaring in it. Now after 4 years i have been through ALOT of music, and have now got a liking to all types of different metal and rock, major bands i listen to are: metallica(RIP cliff), children of bodom, megadeth, joe satriani, slash, guns n roses (old stuff of course), avenged sevenfold, system of a down (sux they split), pantera (RIP Dimebag), machine head, Michael angelo batio, led zepplin, hendrix, hollywood undead(went through a “rap rock” stage), eric clapton, van halen, dream evil, dragonforce, disturbed, bullet fr my valentine, slipknot ( hu use line 6 alot XD), ACDC and so much more that it will take ages to type them, i also listen to alot of classical. Over the time it takes listening to all these bands, i notice that the old school bands who changed to new school, to go with the time, are the ones who are still releasing albums now, and are the most successful, but i think, that a band that changes to new school, loses their touch abit, the bands which start of new school will be awesome, but who really prefers the newer stuff to the older with great bands like metallica, guns etc.
    for that reason, i think that while new school is conquering the music industry at the moment, the people who have listened to a wide range of music will always know that old school was better :D damn I wish i was born in the seventies :/

    there, finished :D thanx for taking the time to read to this TTK and LINE 6

  34. metallicarockall says:

    i am 14 and have gone through many phases of old school and new school, a persons taste in music can change almost overnight. i started off getting into metal/rock 4 years and quickly got into guns n roses in their glory years (1985 – 1992), i listened to them endlessly, and established Slash as my favourite guitarist, i never though he was the best guitarist, but he was and always will be my favourite, i loved the old school music done by him and guns, and got into bands of similar time, such as ACDC, van halen, hendrix(earlier time i know) led zep and Metallica’s earlier stuff. I later went through a punk/alternative phase, listening to sum41, blink 182 and such, but i quickly grew tired of this types of new school music, and went back to old school bands. this was 2 years ago, and i was incredibly excited about the new guns n roses album which i though would be amazing even tho slash wasnt in it :( when it came out and i discovered it sucked, i developed a taste in death/black metal, listening to children of bodom, kalmah, dragonforce, arch enemy and the likes. then i listened to what i think is the ultimate blend of new school and old school, i love joe satriani who plays old school stuff and uses new school techniques, and slash as always who in his new solo album, has changed his style tto go with the times, but still kept that element of old school guitaring in it. Now after 4 years i have been through ALOT of music, and have now got a liking to all types of different metal and rock, major bands i listen to are: metallica(RIP cliff), children of bodom, megadeth, joe satriani, slash, guns n roses (old stuff of course), avenged sevenfold, system of a down (sux they split), pantera (RIP Dimebag), machine head, Michael angelo batio, led zepplin, hendrix, hollywood undead(went through a “rap rock” stage), eric clapton, van halen, dream evil, dragonforce, disturbed, bullet fr my valentine, slipknot ( hu use line 6 alot XD), ACDC and so much more that it will take ages to type them, i also listen to alot of classical. Over the time it takes listening to all these bands, i notice that the old school bands who changed to new school, to go with the time, are the ones who are still releasing albums now, and are the most successful, but i think, that a band that changes to new school, loses their touch abit, the bands which start of new school will be awesome, but who really prefers the newer stuff to the older with great bands like metallica, guns etc.
    for that reason, i think that while new school is conquering the music industry at the moment, the people who have listened to a wide range of music will always know that old school was better :D damn I wish i was born in the seventies :/

    there, finished :D thanx for taking the time to

  35. Delay says:

    ok guy’s here s my story or situation actually, i can use 3 amps at home

    - rocktron (modeling) new school (mine)
    - kustom (solid state) in between right :)(my dad’s)
    - bugera 333 (all tube) old school (mine (for gigs))

    SOLID STATE
    i have played thoug them all a lot & i can say, if u want an old school fender kinda sound
    (who the f*** wants that, lets face it “fender” is just another name for “crappy” no wonder they sell vintage guitars for 20.000$ IMAO)
    the kustom solid state would be my choise, it doesnt have a lot of gain and the gain is verry clippy (diodes) thus not sounding that good to my ear, the cleans are very nice tho.

    FULL TUBE
    if u need a lot of versitillety and volume the bugera 333 ll do it, tons of gain , cleans so clean your washing machine ll get jelous and a big veriety of handy features, however it still is a full tube amp, wich means

    low volume = low sound quality
    high volume = rock star sound quality
    so for practising on your own, this isnt handy

    MODELING
    the rocktron on the other hand is kinda the opposit.
    again tons of gain( and about 10 differend kinds, fuzz metal,overdrive,grunge,..) and fresh mouthwatering cleans and lots of build in effects.
    now why is it the opposit of the bugera?
    becous here:

    low volume = high quality
    high volume = medium quality
    ( there is somthing about it that makes it sound bad when turned up really loud, like as if loudening the signal effects its form, probebly the characteristics of the hi-end amplifier.

    now, if you have gone though reading all this crap i wrote,you probebly had nothing better to do becaus here is the summery:

    i kinda started to hate the kustom and therefore i try to stay away from solid state amps

    i love the bugera for my gigs & rehearsals( but its way to loud for practice)

    i love the rocktron for practicing on my own & it has the sickest distortion ever

    so I figure that if I would take my rocktrons line out & put it in my bugera’s effects return i d get a simulair working amp as the spider valve, but hell i aint trying that yet.even do i worked on amps before n even made one myself.
    now i am not saying i dont want the spidervalve,but i am surten that there are a lot of people out there that need it far more than me.
    i just wanted to share my meaning.

    (*disclaimer: now, i know yall gonna hate on that fender thing, i know, i feel it, but dont think that i am disrecpecting you, heck,i play some blues,country and jazz myself.i just have my opinion)

    peace,love,respect & greetz

    delay

  36. Munteanu Mihai says:

    Hello ToneKing, looks like it’s that time again.

    Well if it’s a story you want I’ll tell you my musical journey so far.

    3 years ago I’ve started playing and it was New School all the way, I was listening to stuff like Children of Bodom, Slipknot, Disturbed and at the time it felt right, it was New School all the way.
    That was back then, as time went on I slowly started paying more attention to other aspects of music, I outgrew the bands that got me to get off my ass and start playing, but for every loss I gained a ton, I started playing Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, you get the point, Old School metal, and it felt enlightening, I was learning where it all started, and with that in mind I turned my head to other genres, I was fascinated with how much I could discover by just picking a random name in rock history and jamming to their music.
    But I had the tendency to forget, and as I moved on I inevitably stumbled upon the blues, I started losing track of my earlier influences, it seemed Old School had triumphed.
    It all came full circle when I wanted to buy some new music, and there it was, brand-spanking new, Blooddrunk, the new Children of Bodom album, I was overcome with nostalgia and picked it up, and WOW! was that ever a good decision, pumped after that I began to revisit my earlier days and in the end I did not regret it, because after going through music history I was able to look at the bands that got me started with new eyes, and vowed never to neglect the riffs that were the first steps on my stairway to heaven (cheesy I know :P).
    So in the end here I am in front of my computer remembering about everything that had been so far, and dreaming of what is to come, and concluding that it doesn’t really matter if you’re Old School or New School, there’s something to love on both sides if you have the patience to look hard enough, and if you think I’m wrong, don’t be afraid to jump the fence to the other side every now and then, you’d be surprised.

    Have a good one.

  37. SerWer says:

    Mmm… yummy… might be a perfect gift for my birthday… %)

  38. Sergioterol says:

    I tottally have to be again racing to win one of these… is not that i am a “Gear-giveaway” Troll… is just… i can’t afford any of this toys… LOL

    Tone King… i have a request to ask of you.

    Could you do a review on some tubes i’ve seen on e-bay? I’ve seen matched tubes from 12 dollars plus shipping… imagine that… 20 dollar to get a matched pair to mexico? it sound awesom… but i’d like to know what to look for

  39. nght5tlkr says:

    Good luck to all participants! Whoever wins this will be one happy player \m/

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