I only use plug-ins for guitar sounds these days. It's alot of work eqing the fuck out of it but once you learn the mechanics of it you can make a pretty realistic guitar sound. I can post some clips later on. I use LePou's Lecto for a mesa rectifier sim, and NadIR for a cab sim with various cab impulses, and surgical eq for hipassing/lopassing and cuts, and finally a parametric eq for some colorful boosts mostly in the high mids to smooth out the transistor sound you get with digital itb amps.
I have owned many over the years.
Marshall jcm900-too damned much!you can't really get that marshall sound unless it's cranked.
a number of peavy combo's.
Crate Blue voodoo,60 watt combo.good for rock.
Fender Princeton reverb.wish i still had it.
My personal favorite,Fender blues junior pro.15 watts of tube perfection!you can actually use the power section without blowing the house down!the power section on tube amps is where you really get the glass groove.i have owned 2,1 back in the 90's,and its the only tube amp i own now.
i am experimenting with NI guitar rig.
Guitars.....too many.i currently use a gibson les paul traditional with no weight relief.
I use the avid eleven rack and have a peavey 60w tube power amp with it. I have a mesa boogie mark IV as well and that thing is killer. I must say though, the eleven rack/ axefx style amps really feel like the way to go these days. Especially when recording, cost, space, and ease of use come in to mind. Not to mention the sound quality on these newer digital amps are pretty legit. I had a Sunn amp for a bit too but sold it off. I miss that thing. Had a fender 2x12 cab that was in a cab that looked like those old marshall 6x12's. Gotta love guitar gear.
Coming from a rock background I have some nice amps in my collection. I love my Sunn concert lead. I also love my Ampeg v4. Acoustic (ACC brand) amps are pretty easy to come by for a decent price. I have two of them, a 140 and 150, both of which I scored for around $50. They are quite loud. Solid state is preferred if you don't want to worry about tossingthem in the back of a truck/van whatever. I've also got an old Gibson Falcon that is a great sounding litle tube amp with 1 12" speaker and great reverb and tremolo. You also need to consider speakers. I've got 2 4x12 cabs, and one 6x10. An 8x10 will move mountains if you've got a good head to go with it. I had one, but got tired of lugging it around. The thing I love about big amps is the bass response you get compared to a little practice amp. You don't need lots of volume, but the girth is what counts, imo.
Got a beat up Yamaha RBX775 bass, another defretted Yamaha bass and a seriously battered acoustic double bass. When I was playing in bands I'd use Ampeg SVT4pro with 4x10 cab, and that setup covered all the bases (if a bit on the heavy side) but nowadays I only use a tiddly Fender Frontman 15 watt amp.
Figured this post was more appropriate here than in the Hardware Mega Thread....
Anyway... Was kind of drooling over the new Boss Katana amps, but I'm wondering if that's just because I still don't have an amp. I listen to it, look at it and then the price and think about how a friend of mine just got a really nice sounding Vox hybrid amp for like $150 or so. I disappoint myself.