Think You Know A Modelled Strat From The Real Thing?

Then maybe you should take the Line 6 Challenge   11-Oct-11

Us guitarists are a proud bunch, and I'm guessing that if your attention was drawn to this article, then you probably think you have a fairly good knowledge of how classic guitars should sound.

Debate will forever rage upon the age old question: "what's better - vintage or modelling?"

As a supposedly objective writer, it's my job to be smack-bang in the middle of that debate, but I must admit, I started off with my boots firmly planted in the vintage camp, and now I find myself doing the splits between both.

Now Andertons have confused my poor brain with a simple blind A/B test (between the Variax and vintage guitar) in video format. I can proudly say that I got most of the questions right, but for me, the test illustrates how authentically Line 6 are simulating vintage guitar sounds (now cringing at the inevitable prospect of vintage purists sending their hate vibes at me from all over the world). 

So check out the video, which is on Rob Chapman's Youtube channel, but can also be watched in the embed above.

How well did you fare?

Rich Beech
@sonicamped

 

 

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Frank Lawrence    Said...

I could tell the clean electrics apart for all models. The real guitars sounded more open and had a bit more high end. I could not tell any of the crunch sounds apart at all. The acoustic had the biggest difference in sound, but I guessed wrong! The Line 6 acoustic sound had more top end than the real acoustic. Very interesting video. Thanks so much, and please so some more!

11-Oct-11 02:54 PM


Amped Rich    Said...

Funnily Enough I got the acoustic wrong as well! And it was definitely harder to tell apart when it was crunched, we will be doing a similar test with the Line 6 amp modelling software on our guitar show soon. If you search "Watts Up Guitar" on Youtube, you should find our show!

11-Oct-11 02:57 PM


The Redhat    Said...

I got 2 of the 3 clean electrics wrong, and all of the crunch sounds correct. I should have got the acoustic right, because I know I don't like the sound of piezos, but I picked the best acoustic sound as the real one. Way to go Variax!

11-Oct-11 11:15 PM


SteveFromBerlin    Said...

I got the clean ones right and only few of the crunches.

12-Oct-11 08:29 PM


Denis Shiel    Said...

I identified all correctly except for the acoustic! This resultvwasba big suprise to me as I was very much a variax fan EXCEPT for their acoustic sound! :-0

07-May-14 02:51 AM


Denis on HeadPhones!    Said...

I identified all correctly except for the acoustic! This result was a big suprise to me as I was very much a variax fan EXCEPT for their acoustic sound! :-0

07-May-14 02:53 AM


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