“Technology is coming along. It's going to keep getting better to the point that maybe they will replace tube amps for a lot of people”: Eric Johnson has been experimenting with amp modelers, but he still isn’t fully convinced – here’s why

Eric Johnson performs onstage
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Eric Johnson has once again dipped his toes into the ever-active “digital modelers versus tube amps” debate, and given an update on whether he has been convinced to swap his conventional rig for a more futuristic all-in-one digital replacement.

The worlds of Johnson and modern modeling tech became closely intertwined last year, when it was revealed that the gear purist had been experimenting with the Neural DSP Quad Cortex.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.