Brown Bag Experiment

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It started with a conversation with a friend of mine about using amp names and changing the names and that whole thing. I posited that at some point it has to become kinda moot. I mean, really, we’re using Kempers instead of amps. We may be using a profile of X amp but it’s not really X amp. And how much of the profile’s overall tone does the amp profiled contribute compared to the speaker, cab, mic, mic placement, mic blend, etc. Sure, it’s good to know where the source came from but at the end of the day, does it matter? I’ve profiled amps that I thought I loved and thought the profiles were kinda “meh”. And I’ve profiled amps that I’d never heard of or had very low expectations of and was shocked and surprised.

So I thought, “I wonder if I put out profiles without ever saying what the source was, would people buy them and use them, especially if they sounded good?” I finally stumbled on one that I thought would make a good test subject. The point is not endless speculation on what it is, but to judge it simply on its merits. How does it sound? And does it work for you? Because at the end of the day, that’s what I’m always looking for… a tone that both inspires me to play and that I can go to time after time knowing it sounds good with the band or in a track. It has to have a good clean base and variations with pedals to cover a wide range of gain levels, from country clean to rock solo. I think that’s what I came up with. We shall see how the experiment goes. Thanks for visiting!