I have a bit of GAS, and I've been doing my usual browsing of PRS guitars I might want - a 7-string, a SAS, 305, whatever. But no really great deals have fallen in my direction, and I'm not sure Yet Another Guitar is what I need/want. So it occurs to me that perhaps what I need is a different amp to play through.
I currently have a Fender Hotrod Deluxe. I'm pretty happy with it. I usually play fairly clean, and use pedals to get the dirt/reverb/chorus/etc that I want for the moment. Because I play stuff that can really mix it up mid-song, I really rely on my pedals to get the sound I'm looking for. I use a Line Selector to switch between an acoustic-emulation mode and a distorted/rock sound (and often use my Hollowbody to really get that good acoustic sound).
I play in weekend-gig-only band (we're not doctors or dentists, but certainly "professionals" in something other than music), nothing too serious (for me, at least), playing stuff that is somewhat of a departure from my usual at-home jamming music. We play acoustic folk/trad/irish (covers and originals) with some "light rock" covers and originals thrown in. Due to the music style and typical venue and audience, I never use my amp when we gig - I go direct into the PA. My Hotrod Deluxe would overpower everything if I turned the gain/volume to "1". For practice I have a small Behringer acoustic amp that is still too loud for the folkies.
I use an Amp Modeling pedal to add a bit of tube-like sound to the non-acoustic side of the pedal board output prior to going into the PA, otherwise any distortion/dirt sounds way too buzzy.
At home I am far more likely to play stuff like Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Led Zep, AC/DC, Judas Priest, or just riff away on heavy stuff. Or stuff from Beck's Sea Change. Or sludge metal by SunnO)))). Or soundscape stuff like Tangerine Dream.
So...am I going to get any value from having a different amp to play through (combo or head+Cab), or is using a clean channel sound that I'm happy with and that takes pedals well the best solution for me, which is my current situation?
I should mention that as I type, I have a Mojo Hand DMBL pedal shipping to me, and maybe that will provide a slightly different "amp" sound to my pedal-board output, and may completely negate any amp GAS that may be forming.
I don't have a budget per se...if something is priced around what a Hotrod Deluxe goes for, I might pick it up fairly soon, something more pricey would be best to save up for...I'm not in a hurry, I obviously have enough toys to keep myself occupied. (Yeah yeah, First World problems...)
I realize everyone will want to recommend their favorite amp, and what really matters to me should be decided by me in front of a variety of amps at a guitar store. And I can do that. But since I'm not able to walk into a guitar store right now and this is bothering me right now, I thought I'd throw it out there for the forum to chime in on.
Thanks for any thoughts you may provide.