I've got until late February to think about what I want. Im going to go to the closest GC and see if they hopefully have a couple amps I want to try out. Price range wise, it will probably have to be used, as I will have $1200 tops to spend... I have to get some other gear as well. The problem is, I am obsessed with gear and I like too many amps. If I sell my current head (I would like to keep it as a backup) I will have around $1900 to buy the gear I want. Anyway, Here is a list of some I am already thinking about:
Mesa Single Rectifier
Mesa Dual Rectifier
Soldano HotRod 50 or 100
Madison Divinity II
VHT Deliverance 60(No effects loop kills this one for me)
ENGL Fireball (typically a bit out of my price range, but I Love ENGLs and I've seen some go for that much)
Was looking at some Rivera and Framus amps, but not sure if thats the sound I am looking for.
Right now my main axe is an Agile Hornet 7, neckthru 5pc maple/walnut neck with mahogany wings, 27" scale, and a SD Custom 7 humbucker and 1meg pot. Im thinking about putting a bare knuckle or something in it soon. This is actually another thing I would like a recommendation for. I had this very same pickup in my RG7420 and it SCREAMS in that guitar, the pinch harmonics are especially intense. However, in the V I have a hard time making them period, especially on the lower strings. Could it be the longer scale length screwing with me? Its not where I am playing them either, i've found the "sweet spot" and it really isn't much of a sweet spot. It saddens me because I Love my V very much it is Very comfy to me now, and it really fits me well. So I am officially a V guy. But I really miss my pinch harmonics. Before I got the V it was a big part of my playing and I would like to have it back.
Pinch harmonics 'pop' for me better on lower tensioned heavier strings, such as Gibson-scale guitars tuned down. I've found the long-scale light-string setup on most 27" sevens makes them trickier.
As for pickups, Suhr will be releasing an Aldrich 7 sometime after NAMM, which is very harmonically active on the 6-string. Also, the Evo 7 has some pretty screamy harmonics... too bad the Tone Zone 7 sucks, as the 6 is just a great shreddy pickup for that sort of thing too.
You can get a 5150 or 6505 for dirt money these days, it might be worth trying those. People certainly tend to like those better than the XXX or 3120/JSX series.
Also, you've got a wide range of tones and voicings on there amp-wise... do you like a middy Marshally crunch? A deep earth-shaking kick-you-in-the-gut Rectifier tone? An ultra-compressed saturated tone?