This is an area I have never explored, and I could use some advice/comments on the various brands. My son needs a small, low powered amp to take back to college and nothing I have would even remotely suit this application. Until recently, he has been content to use his acoustic but this past semester he has started jamming and playing with friends that are more rock oriented, so he needs something a bit better suited to that. I know there are several models out there, from the Carr Mercury, the Mini Z, Bad Cat, Lucky 7, etc etc. I have a nice 1x12 cab he could use if the amp chosen is a head only, so no problem there. We just need some ideas about which models offer up the best tones overall.