I was just going to suggest this after seeing this thread pop up in the newsletter. These small modeling amps (Spark or similar) are really versatile for the scenario posed. Great tones from the virtual modeling of both amps and effects and output to integrated speakers, headphones or the USB direct to a computer. I'm not even a player and I bought a Spark so I could play with the guitars I'm building for fun. Yes, I have an amp (an old Sundown that is excellent) but I have no desire to invest in a lot of other gear. For under $300, these modeling amps bring a "stadium" setup to your coffee table.