So, I'm chatting up DRC here, and we're started talking about using a guitar 4x12 for distortion. This isn't entirely unknown, but I'm curious about the actuality of it. I mean, would there be a volume issue? Supposing you got a dedicated guitar head or equivalent poweramp (lets say 150 watts, either way), and put on your distortion, would it be loud enough to compete with your "clean" rig, or the band in general? Or would it just melt the voice coils? Would trying to play a 5 string through such things shred the speakers regardless of wattage at said volume, or any volume, really? Would you need to mic it into the PA to try to get the distorted volume up to spec without destroying the cab? Or would the lower wattage keep the cab from melting down? It's something I'm vaugely curious about, because I can never leave well enough alone. I know Amy from Clatter uses a Mesa guitar rig, but I'm not sure about the particulars of such things. Enlightenment? Chastisement?