are there any solid states out there that sound decent for metal even if they have to be used with a dist pedal? tube amps are way expensive and i just dont know if i can find one under 700 that i can use to gig with. thanks.
look at tube combos a 40 watt tube is loud enough to gig with
Gibson LesPaul Standard 1958 Custom Shop
Fender Stratocaster 70s Reissue
Charvel-Jackson Vintage Acoustic
Vox ac30
Fender hot rod.
Traynor YCV40
Randall RG50TC
Well, just to be like everyone else, here's my rig:

Fender American Stratocaster
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Washburn J28SDL

Mesa/Boogie F-50 Combo
yep fender hot rod deluxe with a overdrive pedal and scooped mids. otherwise the roland cube 60 should do it
Get the Epiphone Blues Custom 30 2x12 Combo and an overdrive pedal.