Hello. My name's Fred, and I am a noob. I've been playing guitar for 12 years now and have never actually owned a decent amp. Basically, I would very much like to rectify this. However, I am also unfortunately realistic - I have absolutely no need for a head and cab (whether 4x12 or 2x12); I do not have the money to throw at Axe FXs/similar (nor can I justify saving up the kind of money to throw at them); and I am very unlikely to require an amp for gigging purposes.
As far as I am aware, that essentially leaves me with the option of either getting a combo of some description, or upgrading my Pod XT Live and using it with some kind of dedicated speaker. (At the moment, if I'm not playing unplugged or through headphones then I'm playing through my 2.1 computer speakers. Although this works perfectly well, not only does a 2.1 setup seem a little silly for guitar, but I'd very much like to be able to play without having to be plugged into my audio interface, which in turn has to be plugged into my computer.)
I've been thinking about combos for a while (looking particularly at Blackstar stuff), but am slowly coming to the conclusion that the kind of stuff I play is probably going to be asking too much of a combo in my price range (under £600). I play (or at least try to play) stuff involving tones from one extreme to another - i.e., high-gain metal to pristine cleans, via crunchy rock. I also love my delays, reverbs, boosts, etc. So it would seem that my ideal combo would involve 6505+ style gain, along with the cleans of a JC-120, and with quite a few pedals in front to boot. Unless I'm sorely mistaken, I'm not going to get that for less than £600. (However, if you can think of a combo which would fit the bill perfectly, please don't hesitate to let me know!)
So, my main question:
As far as I can see, my best option at the moment is to upgrade my Pod XT Live to an HD500. I'm reasonably happy with my XT tones, like the layout, and the HD500 is not prohibitively expensive, so this seems a reasonably sensible move. However, I know absolutely nothing about my options when it comes to amplifying Pods - do dedicated speakers for such a purpose exist? If so, can anyone suggest some options/throw in any opinions about the pros and cons of such a setup?
Apologies if this is excessively long - I have tried to cut it down to the bare minimum of information but have never been great at being concise. Cheers in advance!
You can get a Pod HD500 (or just use your PodXT) and run it through a live powered monitor/PA top like the Mackie HD1221, QSC K12, etc. Peavey and Yamaha make similar models too. They're loud and will keep up with drummers, but they tend to get eaten up by real tube amps in a mix (in my experience.)