I want to start a discussion about the ways to taking the electric guitars in a live show to the PA? Do you mice them or DI them? And why? Perosnaly, i am not a PA man, but a guitarist! And am starting to think about the sound, that my band can produce an really try to optimize it! What i am saying is, that (depending on the size of the venue) you are not always able to mic the guitar cabinet! Now, i am a guitarist, had the chance to play through a lot of different amps. And i liek to hear the raw power of every one of them! THere are a coupel of them i reall liked an enjoyed playing, Mesa's Recto head, marshall 6100 i own, Soldano, Engl, Peavey 5150 . All of them thorugh different cabs and the bottom line is they sound good. When turned up loud! The other common thing is that when played at nromal volume (that is the volume you can practice with the band iand still hear them) it gets to sound pussy! And i am sure we all heard that sound! Now i knwo there are some things ac hotplates to make it low volume at high gain, but still..... I am thinking of taking my guitar primarly to DI to the Desk. first of all, because i am unaware about what i lose compared to micing it. I knwo what i gain! I am sure about the sound i get to the PA, because i dotn have to think about how the characteristic of the mic, the position of hte mic infornt of the cab, the distance from it, the possible intereference along the route to the PA desk, the desks pre-amp characteristic! I agree that the cabinet does get you some extra fat and stuff it gathers along the way. but what i am asking is, is this what we really want? Also, i would liek to know, if there is a real guitar freak reading this that spend much time tweaking the sound of it live or you jsu tthrow them left/right and do some book EQ's? No offence, but are guitar soundn important to you? Also maybe i am more relaxed talking about it, because i have this vision of going in-ear with the band, and we can really afford DI'ing the instruments, specialy for IEM purposes! Also, if there would be possible i coudl mic my cab somewhere offstage? Anyway i would jsut like to hear you opinions? ANd also i would liek to make it straight that normal DI soundn sound crappy to me! But using a good speaker simulator, or really good tweaking on Pod pro' or similar digi stuff, can sound really good!