im a bit in the fog about rack units (isn't that great) for the three years i have been playing i have really only known pedals , then all i hear is talk about rack units and what not. but for playing a show it seems more feasible to me to use pedals. infact i have had my eye on that new pod live pedal(anyone have any input on that?). can people tell me what racks have to offer? is it just a personal preferance thing? and for amps, the amps on board distortion (if it gives you the sound you want , with a foot switch) or a distortion pedal. thats another thing , I dont really work to well with distortion pedals, I can always get the amps distortion to where I want but when it comes to pedals , you get the idea. although my friend did have a tech 21 pedal that had AWESOME distortion ......its just 170 freaking bucks.