John Mayer: these are the three things amp modelers haven’t got right yet

John Mayer performs live
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Best of 2019: With some of the best tone and touch in the business, John Mayer’s word on electric guitar gear is gospel for many players - and now the 21st-century blues poster boy has finally shared his thoughts on amp modelers.

Mayer, who began his modeling career with a Fractal Audio Axe-Fx III back in April, made his opinion known during a recent Instagram live session where he jammed over Spotify blues jam tracks at home, using his modeler of choice.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.