The benefit of the Axe is the quality of the models, the quantity of the models, and the ease of putting together scenes and patches. For a guitar player being able to switch between a perfect model of a Fender Twin and a Diezel VH4 with a multitude of effects is a big deal. My guitar player sold off 4 amps and 15 pedals after buying his AxeFX2, and is down to just that and a pair of Mackie monitors - and he's never sounded better.
However, there's only one bass model, the SVT (which Nolly uses with a modeled B7K in front.) It's a good model, but there's no point in spending $2000 on one model of an SVT when you can buy a real SVT for that much (or 5lb SVT7 for $500.) It seems like he uses the Axe because everyone in that band uses one, and that's kind of that band's "thing." (Also, dude's a reformed guitar player playing bass.) With IEM's and good stage monitors he doesn't need to have a real amp, but you probably do, and after spending $2000 on an Axe you'd still need power and speakers.
Get a head you like and throw a B3K in front of it.
Last edited by jasonbraatz : 03-20-2013 at 01:39 PM.