Amp I use is a Fender Blues DeVille, which is a mid 90's re-issue of a 60's Fender Bassman, with an added overdrive channel. 60watt, 6L6 tubes, 4X10. Amp sounds incredible, I have plugged it into a Marshall 4X12 cabinet, which was a tad better. The only pedal I have ever used is a Marshall Blues Breaker, which I really only ever used to get a little breakup at lower volumes. Otherwise, I plug straight in (not a fan of effects, and yes I know Houser used tons of them). Yes, amp selection is HUGE. The only amp I've ever played that I liked better was a Mesa/Boogie. Don't care for Marshalls, don't care for Soldano's. Yes, I know.....sacrilege. I've got pretty big hands or at least fingers, so the slightly longer scale length is probably a help. Honestly, having played them (unplugged), the thing I notice is the strings, since I use 11's, and bend them a lot. Which of course adds to the difference in sound, but also makes it hard to get a feel for playability. If I haven't said this, I really appreciate everyone's input. From searches on a specific model, I was wondering if most folks would come back and recommend the same thing (Mira). Interesting seeing the diversity in responses (of course, my ambiguous posts contributed).