Sheeeew, boy, with $250 you could pick up a used 1 x 15 bass combo from Craigslist and a used modeler pedal, easily...if you're patient. There's a Peavey TNT on my local CL right now for 100 bucks, and that's enough amp to play local bass gigs with. Stick a modeler pedal in front of it and you could play guitar through it too. Hell, as I said in my previous post...if all you want is a big punchy cleanish tone you wouldn't even need the modeler...just some time figuring out the EQ curve that suits your tastes in guitar sounds. I see older used bass combos in the local CL all the time...Crate BX100s, Peavey TKOs and TNTs, the occasional Fender BXR, various Ampeg combos. Now that lightweight and compact class D amps and Neodymium speakers are hot property, the older heavy bulky stuff is getting unloaded for peanuts. The Line 6 Lowdown 110 I mentioned earlier was something I ran across in a pawn shop. It looked new. It didn't have a price tag so I just carried it up to the counter and asked the guy if he'd take $75 for it, and he said yep, cash...get it out of here. It was a cool little amp. Maybe enough to gig with if you were in a semi-acoustic kind of act that wasn't really loud, and certainly enough to annoy your housemates when practicing. I probably could've gigged with it as a guitar amp, if I'd still been playing guitar in a gigging band at that point.