First of all, let me just state that I think profiles and profiling, although a scientific process, is still a very subjective endeavor. It still relies heavily on how the amp is set and how the speaker is mic’d and each of the individual parts contribute to the overall outcome.
If there’s one thing that 2020 has taught me is that sometimes too much free time is dangerous. Random thoughts pop in my head while driving (or any other mundane activity) and there’s nothing else to drive them out before they try to take root. Take yesterday,
January 28, 1992. I was playing in a country band called Canyon and our bass player, Joey Click, was from Oklahoma and knew someone who knew Steve Ripley, I think it was a mutual accountant. Anyway, calls were made and somehow we got on the meet and greet list for Van Halen when they played Reunion Arena.
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.
I get lots of emails about my rigs and what kinds of tones guitarists might be looking for. I try to put a lot of variety in each pack so hopefully only a couple of packs will be enough for most people, but sometimes someone comes to me for something pretty specific.
I am so proud to have a featured article in the March 2017 edition of Guitar Player Magazine. I can remember being in high school and really getting into playing guitar and learning every song I could from records and reading Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines. I would scour every article for clues on gear, playing techniques, etc.