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Old 4th October 2011
Gear Nut
If you want a unit that sounds and feels like a tube amp and speaker cab then the AxeFX II does that now. No question. For any practical purpose it replaces a typical rig. There is no "loss of tone" when used live. The feeling of your actual, carefully constructed guitar sound being accurately produced by the FOH is a revelation compared to the usual live compromise. However, tube amps are fun and simple and direct so they are not going anywhere. The choice depends on your mood. Sound quality is no longer an issue.

As to whether it makes better guitarists.... of course not. The gear is irrelevant compared to the commitment to the required 10,000 hours of practise.