Ironically, I have recorded friends bands and my own band that have half stacks with huge live sounds, using top of the line hughes and kettner, Mesa Boogie, and Peavy amps and cabs. Most of this is rock, hardcore, metal. etc. They sound HUGE live, talk about a show in a coffee shop. The thing with these half stacks, is they are loud. They are meant for loud situations where the sound can expand. They sound better when the tubes are opened up, and the volume and gain is cranked quite enough. No, I don't think we turned up the Mesa pasted the 2 on the master volume. EVER! I record it and I think, ugh, too much gain, not clean enough, doesn't blend well, sounds like its being blasted. sounds blaaaaaaaaah Then I record songs using my Kustom 16W practice amp and my Ibanez which at one point was split in half! YES, broken! But still works! "Dude, your song sounds so clean, it sounds great! The guitar sounds really good!" "How come our guitar doesn't sound that good on recordings?!" What the freaking hell. Shouldn't an awesome Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier sound way more awesome than my practice amp? Where am I going with this you say??? I've come to the conclusion that you don't need all this high tech top of the line BS. My practice amp sounds damn fine. Who needs 100 knobs and features when you can just get a practice amp and a blazing guitar that sounds just as good. If you want something amazing for recording, get a Roland 30W cube. My observation through experience is this: When tracking guitar, use small "practice" amps. Preferably under 60W. Keep it low low low, stick a SM57 straight up to it and adjust and mix accordingly. Now this is when you say "Haha, DUH. Stupid kid, I've been in the business for 100 years cause I'm damn old and know everything" (that was sarcasm and exaggeration for you older engineers) Well, does anyone wanna prove me wrong and tell me that using half stacks have a bigger advantage other than small practice amps during recording? This is a great day for me, because I'm a student, I mean that literally, I am a sound arts student learning more and more through experience. I think thats the best way to learn. I just thought I'd share my experience with everyone today. And I want to hear what people think. Maybe I am doing something totally wrong. but my Kustom 16W always comes out clean. I used a Cube and loved that even more! When I record a band, I'm going to tell them to leave the half stack at home and bring their practice amp.