First off, I love this site. Its addicting. I can feel I'm on my way to becoming a future gear whore!
Anyway, I finally decided last week to get a RG550 20th reissue and have one in RFR on the way. As this will be my first electric guitar, I obviously have a little problem. I have nothing to plug this RG into yet.
I figure its probably not unreasonable to budget ~ $500 or less for this. I am intrigued with such brands as Peavey, Line 6, and Mesa Boogie. (and often hear reference to Crate and Marshall as well).
My main influences are all over the place a bit, but the obvious ones are 'Satch, Vai, Petrucci and Van Halen. But on the heavier side, also bands like Megadeth, Metallica, and Iron Maiden.
Hopefully I made the first correct choice... the guitar. From everything I'd read, an Ibanez RG is a good bet for "metal".
So for amps, what should I look for? Would the new Peavey Mini-Colossal fit my bill? Should I look for something with built-in effects? Or get something very basic and add pieces to the setup a little at a time? What about gadgets like the Line 6 PodXT Live?