Originally Posted by BroncoBuff
Just recounting the story behind the Jimmy Page-described Telecaster I once owned, in the pic above.
You say "anything that gets the job done" fine, but you are a purist. I recall recommending this Line 6 combo amp
to Requiem, because it had 7 effects on board and was just $250. But you were adamant, "you want the proper tone, spend a bit more for the tube amp, and get the effects later." You're a professional, so that's correct ... but Req is still a kid, he wants the "cool" echo and distortion
Here's a Line 6
you might even like. Kind of. It's a 6L6-12AX7 valve combo. Actually, you wouldn't like it, the effects are digital.
Wow - I forgot about that.
What did he end up getting, anyway?
On the real side, unless you're a working pro, there's no "correct" choice - just whatever brings you the most enjoyment.
I would still recommend starting with the best guitar/tube amp combo within your means just to establish a baseline or "ground zero" for pure, unadulterated guitar tone. Then, when you start adding effects, you can really hear what a given effect does (if anything) to the integrity of your sound.
I think it was Trower who once told an interviewer "I already like the sound of the guitar - all I want to do is amplify it."