Live or in the studio, the Axe-Fx II is the most potent artistic tool a guitarist can own. I've never captured such beautiful, full guitar sounds so easily, whether I'm dialing in a famous tone for an episode of SoloAWeek or my own dream tone I've always heard in my head. The Axe-Fx II inspires me to create every day.
The quality of all the effects is superb. There is great depth and transparency, and excellent imaging that makes listening with in-ear monitoring a wonderful aural experience.The choices are limitless and it's fully loaded with all the options you'd ever need. Take it for a test drive, you won't be disappointed.
With the Axe-Fx, I don't ever have to say 'no'. We can select whatever gear we want to use on-stage with Katy, but we have to be able to achieve the sounds she and the musical director are looking for. The Axe-Fx II met our needs for the show and sounds incredible.
Many of you who are interested in the Axe-Fx will already be familiar with Peter Autschbach – his Axe-Fx videos have received over one millionviews. Yes, exactly, the guy with the yellow glasses and the wonderful guitar tones. The glasses are meanwhile passé, but the tones have become even better; thanks to Fractal Audio. Two videos with, by and about the thoroughbred musician.
For years we accumulated a multitude of amps and Fx with hopes of achieving the perfect tone. The end result was just a muddy, convoluted mess. Now, in one rack unit, the Axe-FX delivers the highest quality tones and effects while maintaining the authentic 'feel' of a tube amp and is quickly becoming the standard for even the most dogmatic of tone junkies.
Francis Stringbender, from Switzerland, is a passionate guitarist. He likes variety and has therefore made himself at home in many different music styles. Rock, blues, metal, funk, pop and fusion. He also plays the drums and bass. This of course makes him an ideal partner for all types of production, whether live or in the studio.
Fractal Audio has matched and even beaten the old school effects, tubes, speakers and microphones approach with digital technology. Not only have they created a device which captures the nuance, mojo and fidelity of the real thing, but it's like having hundreds of real things, stock and custom, in two rack spaces. It is soulful, rich and alive. To me the Axe-Fx II is the new real thing.
I've tried every modelling unit available on this planet and the Fractal is by far miles ahead in every area. It's also proven to be flawlessly dependable in the studio and live performances. So no matter who tries to get what out of me.... you're not getting my Fractal... ;)
Fran Alonso is a guitarist from Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands, also known as The Fortunate Islands. His videos have regularly been featured in our User-Videos on our website We interviewed him to find out a bit more about him and what it is like to be a fortunate guitarist in the Fortunate Islandsguitarist from Las Palmas.