Yeah, I gotta stand by that statement. Sure you can tell a cube from a plexi and both will sound great with a talented engineer but after EQ, pedals and mic placement the differences can be a lot less than you might imagine at first. The question becomes can you tell a XXX from a Recifier from a Bogner from a Legacy in a blind test? On tape, in a mix, I say 90% or more couldn't although probably think they could. After pedals are added, overdubs factored in its a tough thing to discern. The more gain you add, the more difficult it is. A blind test in a live enironment comparing the amps side by side is easier since the mics and other processing are out of the picture.
Page recorded much of the Zeppelin stuff with a Tele, a Soul Bender and a Supro but a lot of people swore it was Marshalls until page spilled the beans.[/quote]
I agree that after EQ and so on in the studio the difference in tone will not be as obvious as in a live situation.No doubt about that.But you'll always hear the difference in solo parts of the guitar.Adding a lot of gain to the rhythm guitars may and probably will make most amps sound similar if not the same.Line 6 Pod's are often used in the studio ,but only for the rhythm parts.Robben Ford did that on his last record.Nobody could have told the difference between his Humble and his Pod parts.
Solo parts will show the difference 'cause thats where the real tone comes through.
Most people tend to like Eddys tone on his first records more than now.If so,how come they hear a difference(between his rodded Plexis and the 5150)?[/quote]
The amount of gain and the chorusing he puts on everything now. The 5150 has about 10x more gain than the Plexi. When I listen to F.U.C.K I have a hard time telling what is Soldano and what is 5150. The plexi is in there too but with the Eventide running even it sound pretty similar as well but can in spots be picked out with careful listening.