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How's the ultra high gain models on the Fractal?
I don't play often with ultra high gain but the preset models sound pretty decent to me and for high gain applications, I think the AXE is pretty hard to beat. If you look at the roster of artists that play the AXE, there is good participation from the metal community. What's surprised me in the last few years is the AXE can get pushed cleans or semi-dirt tones that sound really good.
 
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The tits. Their biggest crowd has got to be the ultra-high gainers. They were in to it waaaaaaay before everyone else.

Their artist roster includes some very notable high gain users: Misha Mansoor, Jake Bowen and Mark Holcomb from Periphery. Bill Kelliher from Mastodon. Devin Townsend. Stephen Carpenter and Sergio Vega from the Deftones. The guys from Trivium. Tosin and Javier from Animals as Leaders. And of course: Mark Day (seriously, Mark wields an incredible amount of gain on his patches like it's nothing).

Here's some Canadian talent doing high gain with the Axe-Fx II -- Sacha Laskow from Every Hour Kills:

[soundcloud]https://soundcloud.com/alansachalaskow/every-hour-kills-almost-human[/soundcloud]

And Mark Day:

[video=youtube;zUN_apylB6E]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUN_apylB6E[/video]

And Animals as Leaders:

[video=youtube;U7xJUqfHYa8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7xJUqfHYa8[/video]
 

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I have had mine for about a year and a half. There are great High gain sounds from the Soldano, Freidman and other mesa and 5150 patches . Some killer stuff really with a lot of depth.

when you start to double up with stereo configs its an extremely positive outcome .

my 2 cents.
 
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