A Vintage Amp Snob Goes Direct - Ask Zac 104

April 17, 2020

You don't change until you have to.....

I have always been an amp guy, and have always had a preference for tube amps. With a recent fly date I did with Paul Bogart, I ran into a situation that caused me to finally make the jump to using a direct setup. In the video, I cover how I began to see more and more of my friends and heroes go direct when the situation called for it. My solution was the Strymon Iridium with a Tone Junkie Celestion Vintage 30 IR pack. With it, I could get a nice BF Deluxe Reverb sound, along with the V30 IR to give me a sound I was comfortable with. Though others I spoke with used the Kemper or Line 6 HX, I chose the Strymon as it had actual knobs, and was much easier for me to use on the gig.  

Gear for this video:

1957 Fender Esquire with an added neck pickup. Restoration and aging on the body by Dan "Danocaster" Strain. Bridge pickup re-wind by Ron Ellis

Strings: D'Addario NYXL 10-46

Pick: D'Andrea MH 351


Turbo Tuner

Mirage Compressor

Karma MTN-10 Mostortion

Boss DM-3

Strymon Flint

Line 6 Echo Park

Strymon Iridium

9v power via Truetone CS6

JBL powered speakers for this video