used tc electronic g major (original rather than mk2) and a behrinber foot controller will give you just about all the effects you want and will change the channel on your amp (well, the channel changing depends on your amp but it should work).
I've only built a ruby so far - I wouldn't try a tube amp. Then again with 9months of study and practise on smaller amps I think I'd be comfortable trying a tube amp, though I would be living and breathing amps between now and then.
As for blackstar I have no experience with them, I can't find any in Europe (I've been to guitar stores in France, Belgium, Germany, and England).
Blackstar are designed in Nottingham England - pretty easy to get hold of in the UK.
I'd go with orange over blackstar - but that's my personal taste. I'd definatly go with head/cab over a combo if you're going to be gigging much. If it's mostly non-gig playing then a combo would be better.
you could always take a slab of cheap wood, and cut it into a traveler shaped guitar (some really small body) and put in a bridge to hold strings. that way it would be relatively in tune, and you could really practice playing guitar without building one for real.
^This. I can see cwhy you'd want to just practice your fingering but why not add another 6" and you'll be able to properly pratice.
You may as well thow a pickup in so you can plug into say an amplug or a smokey amp from time to time.
It'd take a lot of cash or for me to be in a real tight spot (like having sold almost everything I own and still needing money to eat). I love my first guitar and I worked my ass off to be able to afford it. Yeah there are many better guitars out there but I don't care.
While the M9 and M13 have some very nice effects (not played with them but if the delay is the same as the DL4 then - oh yes, they're nice), the Boss can also change the channel on the amp and if Rob likes his amps tone that might be a decisive factor.
I found out about the places that sell hardwood in my area by going to any shop with wood in the window and asking if they sold hardwood (specificaly maple, ash and mahogany). Each place gave me a another shop to look at untill I found a place that actually did.
After a few weeks of asking I bumped into a carpinter at the pub who told me exactly where to go (in a usefull way ) so if you know a carpinter I'd ask them.
No - you still need to run it through a laptop - it's modeling software. The mobile is just A/D converter. The Kontrol unit doesn't store your sounds either, it stores midi information that then runs into your computer, through the software and back out to an amp/PA.
You do have a quite reasonable peace of recording hardware/sortware though.
Sounds like reverb and delay, maybe some chorus? I'm not really a fan of chorus though.
If I were buying individual pedals I'd go for the Digitech hardwire reverb unit and the Boss DD7. I'm actually trying to find some more info on the TC Electronic G Sharp right now that does both reverb and delay (and is pretty cheap).
If you're happy with your tone you don't really need new pedals. To expand your tone Delay and or Reverb are good. Boss RV3, DD3/6/7 (differant people like differant ones) and the line 6 DL4 all have good reviews but I've not got any cash together to go pedal hunting yet so I've not really played with them.
plastikote do both flo orange and glow in the dark spray, then put some clear coat on top and in theory you're away. I've not tried either paints though. I did a guitar in their paints a while back and I was pleased with the results - did another recently and the results were not so good even though I took more care and time on it.
My stepdad is an electronics engineer - Big amp companies only recruit when they have a new amp in R&D. So good luck getting a job with them, my stepdad is a contractor and is on the books of 3 differant agencies but has yet to be told about any jobs for marshall or another amp company so they may well only employ perminant staff (he did hear about some jobs at celestion a few years back but speakers aint is thing).
You will need a degree in electronics though a degree in physics will do, more importantly you need a decent CV (as you would to get a job with any good company). Trying to get some work with smaller amp companies might be a good idea, but they pay less and have less staff the up side is that there are more of them. You might be able to get a job doing repairs for an amp company that build there amps in England - that would be a good way to get your foot in the door. To get that becoming a decent local amp tech would be good - ***** yourself to clubs and venues to get your CV looking pretty.
For Fender/Messa living in America would be usefull, for Orange/Marshall/Hi Watt then living in England would be usefull.
CloseToTheEdge - If I can find Messas for £500-£700 in a few months when I have the cash to buy this then I'll have to actually plug into one and try them out (I've always written them off as well out of budget so I've never played one).
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have you looked into a Laney VC30?
Youtube makes it sound interesting if I can find one to play on I'll definatly consider it.