It's not the weight it's a combination of 3 ply maple neck, volute, and a reduced angle headstock that make the neck and headstock less fragile.
I prefer those design improvements, particularly if I'm playing live.
Well just as you say weight doesn't affect anything other than weight, "resonance" doesn't affect anything other than what it sounds like not plugged in. Weight doesn't make a guitar more suited to rock or metal but a neck joint that doesn't snap when you hit the bass player and higher output...
I admit that I have an affinity to plug-and-play simple gear, but I think that's a function of my laziness, more than anything.
If you're a band doing any sort of recording you're going to spend hours figuring out the best tones, the best fit for each particular track, each particular mix...
I think some of the earlier, less accurate-sounding modelers can have a cool sound in the right context.
I believe Cynic's Focus album featured mainly modelling guitar sounds and it was perfect for that alien, ethereal vibe.
It was always Arise for me. I can get into their groovey/ethnic stuff when the mood hits too, but coming from a thrash mentality Arise was the one I liked.
Their live shows from that era on youtube are pretty great.
There are hundreds of suitable woods for fretboards, plenty of composites, and plenty of synthetics.
If you mean the marketing might suffer because companies might be less convincing when the new options offer "superb snap and tonal response!!!11!!" or whatever and it's the...
Also, try not to be too much of a fanboy. It's really obvious when a reviewer is really excited to receive his guitar and is just gushing over it. I know, I know, nice gear is nice but try to calm yourself a little.
i.e. no unboxings.
not to be the contrarian, but I prefer talking and explaining the gear to playing.
How much an amp compresses, it's dynamic range etc - none of those things can be shown over a youtube video and are about 10x more important than any tonal analysis I might be able to hear from some guy playing...
One more question.
On the Boss software editor there is a "Solo Level" and "Solo SW" setting for the overdrives. I imagine this is so you can change the level and tone of your boost for solos. But I can't see a switch on the amp or pedal to do this. Is it something that can be done by...