Hi, all. This is my first post here, and I appreciate any help that you can give me. I am an absolute neophyte guitar player, but have lurked here for a while. As a result, I am the proud owner of a Tribute + (black cherry), and Rocksmith 2014. My plan is to get comfortable/proficient enough to take lessons. I would say the music I listen to the most (i.e.. my most probable influences) would be Radiohead, White Stripes, the Police, U2, SRV, Smashing Pumpkins, Rush, Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Boston, the Cure, The The, etc. Essentially, a mix of styles and tones. I am never going to gig, have no aspirations of being a professional musician, or anything like that. I just have always wanted to play the guitar for my own enjoyment. I am looking at getting a small amp and don't need the volume of a tube amp. I also don't want or need to invest in a bunch of effects pedals and the like, so the ability of these amps to emulate the tones I like is appealing. In my case, close enough will be good enough. As a result the Yamaha and the Blackstar amps listed in the title of this thread strongly appeal to me. I like the idea of the stereo output of the Yamaha and the fact that it can serve as a "speaker" for an MP3 player (making it "multipurpose"). I also like the fact that it can be battery driven. That being said, the Blackstar's modeling options, TVP and ability to connect to pedals seem to make it a more versatile amp for actually using with a guitar. Given the variety of tones and guitarists that appeal to me and the information I have provided, which amp would be better suited to me? I know the Yamaha is spoken of highly and comes in 3 flavors (which is also causing me some confusion). The Blackstar also seems to be well received, but doesn't seem to be reviewed as much. I have "listened" to the amps online and have read what i can find (including posts on this forum) but am still at a loss as to which would be better for me. Any help from the collective brain trust would, again, be much appreciated. I have a birthday coming up in early March, and my wife is asking me what I want, so the quicker the response the more likely I am to avoid ties and dress shirts... Thanks, in advance, for your help.