So, I play a Schecter Demon-7, and will be selling, or trading in, my Spider II 2x12 to upgrade--I know I will get like ten bucks, if they even want it. I play metal--Meshuggah, whitechapel, Dream Theater, Conquering Dystopia, Opeth, Between the Buried and Me etc. I was thinking about picking up a Peavey 6505+112 (and putting a celestion V30 in it), but was told by a friend that a better option would be to pick up a line 6 pod 500hd, and run it through a monitor or PA. My budget is around 500-700 dollars. I'm wondering what you guys think I should go with, and, if it's the line 6, what kind of monitor could/should I get without breaking the bank... Or if you have other suggestions, I definitely would like to hear them and why.
6505 would be fine.
Def the 6505..those amps are great
Cool, I'm going to guitar center today to test one and see if I can get a decent deal.
The 6505 is a pretty great amp, though I have no experience with the 6505+ 112 combo. Don't be afraid to consider a used XXX as those can be found a bit cheaper, but have plenty of gain and aggression. Technically speaking, both the XXX and 6505 have way more gain than any person can actually use. The voicing is a little different, but both can bring the heat for the style of music you play. XXX should free up some funds to use towards a speaker upgrade as well as whatever else you may have your eye on.
I ended up getting a 50watt EVH 5150 head, with an EVH 2x12 cabinet. I played it before the combo, and loved the sound. I got a decent deal, both for 1,000.