This is a very interesting piece of gear. It is similar to the Axe but very different at the same time. I have only played with the stock presets mainly the mesa. The mesa sounds pretty good but I want to download some presets and make some of my own before I decide to keep it or not. Some of the really cool features is being about to control the pick attack, clarity and definition. I have not gotten those dialed in yet but I think they will yield some cool tones. The LED's are very bright and track the controls really well. I have not profiled anything yet but it looks like an easy process. It doesn't weigh anything which is a pleasant surprise and the leather strap is is nice. I do wish the thing had phantom power though. That would be to easy though It takes about 1 minute to turn on. It doesn't bother me because I don't think I will use it live. But I see how that could be an issue. Is it better than the axe? I don't know yet. I need to play with it more. But now, I consider it different.