Price paid: $ 259
Purchased from: online
Sound — 9
I've used it with, my favorite strat clone, a Vintage Epi Korina (now THAT was something they should have stuck with, but that's another story), a Jazz box and Danelectro 7 string. It's versatile enough to used with all of them, and the input buffer on it is strong enough to breathe some life into weak pickups. It's one of the few modelers that will actually tolerate a dirt box in front of it. You just don't need one. Although it'll work through a guitar amp it really shines going straight to the board. The output control is voiced well enough to do either one, but it really comes to life when run straight in. And it doesn't need to be run through a preamp to keep if from sounding dead. That's rare in a modeler.
Overall Impression — 10
I'm tired of lugging around 70lb amps that can give me one, maybe two of the sounds I need in a set. Two guitars, this little board, and a monitor off the PA. Set up in 10 minutes tops, tear down in less than five. Instead of earning a degree is gadget twiddling, I can concentrate on actually making music. Isn't what this really all about?
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's built a heck of a lot better than any of my pedal boards, no wires to come loose, batteries to flake out, multiple wall warts, you get the idea. This is a the perfect quick rig for gigging. One piece, one power line, one line to the board. Heck, this is easier to set up than an acoustic at a coffee house open mic.
Ease of Use — 10
By now there are ten different companies that all have decent sounding digital products, but this one stands out. Yes, the models are good, yes the effects are good (very good), but that's normal these days. Face it, it is. What sets the AXG3000 apart is that it has knobs. Well labeled KNOBS. If you want to sit there and decipher menu after menu, scroll through these 25 options just to make a simple change, fine, go buy something else. If you want to make MUSIC, especially with other people or perform Live, this is what works. Being able to bend over and adjust it just like a real amp and pedals on a pedal board is worth more than anything. If you've ever tried to work with other modelers on the fly you know exactly what I mean, the rest of the band doesn't want to wait for you to fiddle with your gear. The presets are good, but it's so easy to make changes I doubt you'll stay there long, this is the easiest unit I've used to get a good sound out of. And by far the easiest if you want to get your own sound.