so when i first joined over on SS.org a while ago i really, really didnít get the whole amp / rig pr0n thing. for me it was just my guitar, the noise that came out of the speaker-box thing was kind of unimportant. then i toured as a guitarist, using my hughes & kettner vortex. since the interlock split and setting up talanas with me also being on guitar, iíve been forced to use the vortex amps (one for each guitarist) for each practice session and iím now fully converted into lusting over a decent rig. we just canít hear ourselves properly in rehearsals, the sound is terrible.
so this Ďere is an extremely bashful attempt at suggesting a future rig, as frankly i find it better to know what iím working towards. however, this plan is extremely long term as it will take me literally an aeon to afford it all, but goals are goals. recently bethís parents have been amazing enough to agree to buy me a behringer rack tuner for christmas, so frankly - it begins now.
the things i wonít be moved on will be the use of a peavey head & cabs (although opinions on specific models within peavey are very welcome. i am really quite taken with the 6505+ however) and the behringer tuner, but iíd really appreciate input anywhere that people see fit. i would like to have as little on the floor as possible, so rack gear is the big persuasion here. this is my first time though, please be gentle and use essential oilsÖ
by the way, the guitar is my roter baritone 7 (wenge, maple & mahogany + BKP warpigs) tuned to D standard with an extra A, so thatís A,D,G,C,F,A,D.
(may look into bias mod, possibly even re-tube if advised well enough on it)
2 x PEAVEY 6505 CABS
(straight + slant. however, had a look at some schematics and apparently the XXX cabs are more geared towards lower frequencies. may also consider V30s)
POD XT PRO
(for clean tone & effects. i use one at home and are most used to it. good cleans are fairly important to me)
ISP DECIMATOR RACK
(mart had one in interlock, seemed extremely good at what it did)
15 BAND EQ
(this is purely on the suggestion of a few people, it would apparently further treat the tone of the peavey. might the pod make that unnecessary?)
The only thing in all that I would personally shy away from is the XT. I'm not sure what effects you want, but you can save yourself a bit of cash getting a small rack effects unit and an old MIDI controller.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not the type who sneers at Line 6 (I love my Spider Valve for its simplicity of setup at shows), but the XT as an effects unit has never done much to give my ears a boner. Also, think on this, if you're just using it for effects, you're paying 5-600 bucks for a rack unit and are going to use about 100 bucks worth of what it does. Following that logic, I'd get something like a G Sharp.
As far as the EQ goes, usually those are use for cutting frequencies you don't like. If your tone's solid, you probably won't need it. I wouldn't bother with one unless I somehow had all rack gear that somehow didn't have a large band EQ somewhere in there.
That's just me though. Tone chasing is a weird path and we all have our own.