#3
I've tried the Barber Direct Drive, that was very nice. I'd be sure the Burn Unit is good quality too.

What sounds are you after exactly?
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#5
Well, the Ibanez TS-9 can definitely get you on the way to that sweet Cream tone, for your solos at least, but you'll need something else for the very basis of your tone. Get an old Marshall Bluesbreaker combo