I play some country, some blues (old school, not Bonamassa "blues"), a little surf. I like a sound that's on the verge of break-up, but with a little twang. I've been looking at one of the Blackstar ID Core or maybe a Katana. I did play though a Katana 100 recently, not crazy about the clean channel. I sounded dull to me, and not sparkly at all. It was like a blanket was over the amp. At one point I had a Mustang II v2 and a Super Champ XCD. Both blew up. My reason for a modeling amp is 1) weight and 2) convenience (no effects pedals needed) 3) late night playing with headphones (my wife would appreciate that!).