#1
ok i perfer SS....now that i got that out of the way. i was wondering if i should go for the Line 6 Spider II HD Head(i think the Spider III's are pointless) or the Podxt live pedal board. i play mostly metal. the link to my band is on my sig. check us out! anyways i just want something that has versatility and punch. should i go for affordable(head) or save more for more options and features(pedalboard)???
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My Rig:
ESP LTD MH401NT
ESP LTD EX-400BD (two of them)
Peavey 5150
Mesa 4x12 Straightback Slant cab loaded with v30's
#2
You could start a rack set-up. Cause usually when someones settles on 'affordable' theyre sacrificing tone.

All you really need is:

A power amp to power speakers-
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Crown-XLS-202D-Power-Amplifier?sku=481584

A pre amp to sculpt your tone -
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-PODxt-Pro-Amp-Modeler?sku=482196

And then a speaker cab of your choice.

Other things you could add might be a Sonic Maximizer, a power conditioner, a tuner, midi gear...etc. All mounted in a rack of course...

Thats just one route you could go...
#3
id go for the POD XT LIVE over the pro, they use the same base but the POD XT live is has a live control floorboard, and you can edit effects and sounds on the fly.

but kurdtkobaign has got a great idea, get a poweramp, and a nice cabinet, and "build" your own rack amp. Buying a modeling system like a POD, its better to use it on a power amp and cab, than to buy an affordable head, cause youll most likely be using the head as a power amp anyway, (using it to power a cab, using the POD XT as a pre amp modeler)
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Gibson Les Paul Studio w/dirtyfingers pickups
Gibson Joan Jett Melody Maker
VOX ac30 head
Marshall 1960 4x12 cab
Fender Hot Rod Deville
#4
^ Yeah I just posted the POD PRO because I didnt know if the XT or whatever came in a rackmount version lol.
#5
^oo, it doesnt come in a rackmount version, i just thought itd be more practical for live if it was all condensed into a pedal board like the LIVE is instead of using a rackmounted PRO, then buying a floor board to use it on the fly,

im pretty sure the PRO and hte XT LIVE include the same features, if anything i know for sure that they use the same modeling system for amp sounds.
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Gibson Les Paul Studio w/dirtyfingers pickups
Gibson Joan Jett Melody Maker
VOX ac30 head
Marshall 1960 4x12 cab
Fender Hot Rod Deville