Yesterday a friend and me went to rehease in a place in Oslo where there's a lot of rooms with different amps in all sizes. I did know of one room with a Fender Twin Reverb and a JCM800. The JCM was hooked up to a 2x12" cabinet and the Twin was as far as I know, original. I made my pick in two seconds, and that was the Twin Reverb. No hassle 'bout the choice, my buddy wanted the JCM. I hooked up my gear, which consisted of Linhof T-style->Ibanez TS9 tubescreamer->amp. His was LP->Wahwah->amp As we tuned our guitars, got your amps dialed in, I noticed that my buddy wanted a reasonably medium to high gain sound. I were going for that overdriven sound that happens when you push the tubes on the Twin. And I managed that. But as we were jamming along, he pushed his amp even further and I went into ZZ Top land with ease thanks to the tubescreamer. But I couldn't keep up with the gainy hard rock sound my buddy had. So I told him to turn down the gain a bit, so we could have some fun and jam about some. I got an answer telling me that my sound was dull and too classic. As he said that, I politely asked him one more time, and he said that his high gain sound was much cooler and made a bigger impression when he wanted to do some shredding on the higher frets. I then turned the Twin's volume up to 7 or so, did the intro on "I'll Take You Back" by Brad Paisley and turned off the amp, packed down my gear and went out the door. I went my favorite pub with my guitarcase in my hand (not a dumb thing to do, actually. I did get some telephone numbers from a couple of girls ) and sat down to have a beer before going home. And my buddy walked in. He still said my tone was ****, but he said he wanted to learn how to play like that. I told him to listen to some good old records and get back to me when he was ready to apologize. I haven't heard anything yet and doubt I ever will. I take my sound and how I express myself on the guitar seriously and I've found a sound I like, so when he says my sound's pure crap, I get mad. But to the big question - is my sound **** all over when I like the 'old-school' sound? I don't mind people playing with monster sound, but I won't do it.