So you say it can handle a lot of different tones???
The tone comes from the guitar in many ways...
The thing why you can't get the Vai tone is because you just need a jem for it or at least a guitar with evo's in it....
Yeah but it helps to be able to play something like Vai as well....the expression comes from his fingers, not his pickups
What I'm trying to say is that with every amp where you put DIFFERENT guitars in the amp will sound different because of the guitar itself....
If you put a Strat into a Dual Rec, for example, you'll think "oh, that sounds like a Dual Rec with a Strat plugged into it". If you plug a Les Paul into a Dual Rec you'll think "oh, that sounds like a Dual Rec with a Les Paul or a PRS plugged into it".
There's nothing wrong with that, but the difference is, if you plug a Strat into a Legacy you'll think "oh, that sounds like a Strat". The Legacy lets the guitar and the player do 80% of the talking, rather than the lean 50-60% that you get from a signature-gain type amp like a Mesa or Engl.
Yes, Mesa and Engl have their own sound.....their tone is how they can be identified. With the Legacy it can be identified by it's characteristics.
I'm not saying this 'cause I'm some ass-kissing Vai freak....I'm saying this 'cause in my experience, the Legacy is a hugely versatile amp suitable for people with all sorts of tastes.
And I'm not saying it 'cause I hate Mesa either.....Boogie's are cool, I'd have one if somebody was giving me one, although I'd sooner take a Hughes & Kettner TriAmp, they're not so compressed.
Unfortunately, you can't get a Mesa or H&K rig for just 2 grand, so that's all rather academic, isn't it?
For the budget specified, I would thoroughly recommend the Legacy as I think it punches well above it's weight.