I am considering one of these as an update (leap perhaps) from my zoom g2.1u. I read some negative comments about the distortion/ od options, is this at all valid...how do the options compare with the usual Boss/TS/Timmy etc pedals?
Has anyone compared this to the higher end boss gt fx pedals ? (I don’t need cab modelling). Thanks
My experience has been with the Stomp rather than the FX, but should still be relevant since it’s the same modeling.
I’ll first say my experience with the overdrives in the Stomp has mostly been feeding them into a HX amp model. I did use the 4 cable hookup for a short time, but not much to share there.
Imo, anybody that only had negative things to say about HX overdrives shouldn’t be listened to any longer. They either have some bias going on or are just bad at tweaking sounds out of a mfx. Overdrives are one of the strongest components of the HX modeling. The Timmy, Klon, KoT, OD1, and others are excellent. I’ve only a/b’d the Timmy, but I can make the model sound indistinguishable to the actual pedal. I’ve seen videos doing the same with KoT.
It seems to be consensus that the Rat model is a turd, but I don’t use it so I can’t comment.
Also, the fuzz models get some poor reviews, but I think a lot of that has to do with impedance. I don’t know if the FX allows this, but in the Stomp you can adjust the input impedance so that it accurately reflects what a fuzz does in the chain. It makes a huge difference, especially with how the fuzz responds to volume controls on the guitar. Sorry, that’s probably more than you wanted to know, but again it highlights my point. A lot of people are ignorant of how to actually use modeling, so instead of admitting as much they tell everyone “it sucks”.
One thing I think L6 excels at is intuitive user interfaces that make workflow very easy, especially for the gigging player.
Can’t comment on the BOSS stuff, other than to say they have a track record of quality as well. At some level, it’s going to be a matter of preference, budget, etc. Try them all out if possible.