I'm interested in what gear the more modern emo/hardcore/post-rock/retro guys are using. I'm thinking of bands like Thrice, Sunny day real estate, copeland, broken social scene, jimmy eat world, hey mercedes, Franz Ferdinand, etc, etc. Specifically, I'm wondering if paying big bucks for botique amps, true-bypass everything, and custom made guitars matters for music that is so loud, overdriven, and has so much going on. (as opposed to classic rock/blues/country stuff, where a guitar is much more in the front of the sound). Oviously there's no TRUE answer to this, as it ultimately comes down to your taste/opinion, but I'm interested to hear your thoughts. Not really interested in your rig if you're playing van-halen, SRV, Skynard, and hendrix stuff.