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Old 04-24-2012, 11:23 AM   #14
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I have used both interchangeably over the years.
In practical terms, if the guitar part is really exposed and fairly clean I suppose it is easier to spot an amp sim, but if you use distortion and the wall of sound approach to guitars, I think the answer has to be no.

But dont listen to us - go listen to the radio for a while and see if you can spot who is recording real amps and who is using an amp sim.

I can't usually tell the difference.

Unless it is an old fender amp not actually breaking up totally but just crunching in a nice clean-ish sort of way. Never found an amp sim that could do that convincingly.
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