Hi i started playing guitar in March and have been practicing about 90% unplugged . So far from learning cords to songs thanks to U-Tube (mainly Marty Shwartz ) . Im getting to the point were im playing through the amp and learning about Amps amps and pedals . So right now i have a hand me down Crate G-60 and Black Star Fly mini amp. The Crate amp sounds pretty good and loud right now but eventually i will upgrade . On that note Pedals from what i have seen $100.00 plus a piece. So if you buy say 3 pedals you are in new amp money territory all ready . So what are your thoughts on plain amps with pedals vs Modeling amps with built in pedals. Im thinking of getting some kind of looper pedal and then upgrading to something like the Boss Katana and one i was checking out yesterday the Vox VT40X .