yeah i've played a couple of their guitars and a bass of theirs. they aren't bad. i think they're from right here in St. Louis along with crate amps which i actually played one of them through a blue voodoo half stack. =P
i agree with the used 5150(II), after all you said you like the 6505(+) and they're virtually the same thing. and may i ask why you feel you need a half stack? the combe is 60 all-tube watts. plenty loud enough. and if you need it for shows just throw a mic in front of the speaker and have the PA help you out. but if you insist on a half stack you better look into a used 5150 cab as well.
the V-Blade is a nice guitar. i just bought one recently. i'm really happy with it. i hear some people have had problems with Ibanez X series, but mine seems to be fine so far. don't really know much about the other ones.
i play guitar/vocals in a thrash metal band called Fateful Hour. we're in the Florissant/Hazelwood area. we're looking for a 2nd guitarist and a drummer. preferably around the age of 17. so reply to this or send me an e-mail if you're interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
i'm loving the sound of that. i'm in a thrash metal band out of Florissant/Hazelwood called Fateful Hour. i do guitar/vocals and Carlos does bass, we actually just canned our other guitarist and we still need a drummer. we're both 17 if you don't mind about age, but we're not into pressuring people into doing stuff they don't want to. i've been playing for about 6 years also and left a band but about a year ago for those exact reasons. i'm not exactlly sure how long Carlos has been playing, but he's played in a recording/live performing band previously. we've got some material written but we'll have to go back and work out some of the 'little' stuff our former guitarist wrote.
it's a two-disk live album. from what i hear it's pretty rare, as the band does not consider it an official release. it was released by Roadrunner Records after they dropped them from the label. it was also recorded the night Max left the band.