There's lots of ways to play this. One interesting way is to get a nice solid state integrated amp. Inexpensive and very competent ones can be had from Yamaha, Onkyo, and Teac just to name a few. Then, you can spring for something like the Behringer Ultra Q, available locally at your Guitar Center (check the web or yellow pages) or from Musician's friend. The Ultra Q has a few interesting features such as complete bypass, dial in the amount of tubiness you want, some nice equalization, and it's not too much over $100. If you don't like it, you'll find you can get a ready refund of your monies.
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