I just got my AXE II and i have to say is the best piece of equipment i have bought for guitar in the last 30 years. I have had amps and other modellers. I was skeptical about the reviews, because the majority were good, it sounded to good to be true, but it really is. I have been using some factory presets and presets from the forum with minimal tweaking. The dynamics of picking, the difference in pickups and guitars, could really be appreciated with this unit. I have never owned a piece of equipment with this characteristics and versatility. Best of all, i have found many great presets on the forum ( Thanks to all the members that contribute patches), and have been sounding great with minimal tweaking. If someone is reading this review, and is as i was a few months ago, doubtful of the AXE II, you should doubt no more, it is true that this is the best piece of equipment that you would buy. Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Guthrie Govan, and the list keep growing, they can't be wrong!!