As I said in another thread, I have a Bass Vamp Pro. If you plan to play out with your Vamp, it should be the rackmount version. Behringer seems to have made the rackmount versions of their 'toys' gig-worthy in the Pro versions.
I have gigged with mine (as a bass player), and it does have lots of potential for 6-string players (not just bass).
I would imagine that the Vamp Pro (guitar-centric) is the same, and will work as well as the Bass Vamp Pro. I just bought a Vamp-2 and passed on buying a Pro only because it meant I would have to buy another SKB rack box and it wouldnt sound too good with my working guitar equipment. I plany to use my Vamp-2 as a portable practice/limited play device. For 99.00 bucks, it is the best practice amp I can have. If I remotely thought I would use it for gigging out, it would not hesitate to buy the Pro rack mount version. As it turns out, the texture and tone is not as good as my tube/analog rig I use (close, but no cigar).
If you remotely think you will gig with your Vamp-2, then you should buy the Pro (rack mount version). Behringer seems to have designed the Vamp-2 to be your little practice buddy and the Vamp Pro as the one you actually use in a band situation. Even the PODxT seems a little fragile to use as a gigging device, and the 600.00 for the Pro rack mount version is so not an option its actually funny.
I use my Bass Vamp Pro in a band bigger than Lynard Skynard (with two keyboard players) and play infront of 600 or more at a time, and it has never failed me, embarassed me, hung me up, or made me regret the 160.00 bucks I spent. Its the best damn piece of equipment I have bought for the bass and works exceptionally well when directly XLR'd into the PA board. It actually makes me sound better than I am! I am not a 1st year rookie, but have played guitar since 1983 and impressed with the Behringer Vamp stuff (POD sound at a musicians earning power).
I do use my Bass Vamp Pro with a MIDI controller pedal, but NOT the FCB1010. I needed something that allowed me to switch patches without looking at a printed out scratch sheet. Instead, I am using a Rocktron Midimate and it works fantastic for me. I have it programmed to CC stomp box, FX in/out, compression, Preamp, and ultrabass for all my patches in a uniform manner. All I do is switch to a patch and I can kick in a stompbox mode, compression, FX, or ultrabass in all patches from guitar to bass. The FCB1010 seemed like I had to remember lots of numbers to use it, and its display sucked (unlike the POD which lets you know whats going on).
The Rocktron came in at 160.00 bucks, but is a general MIDI controller I can use for other devices (used by even Dave Murray of Iron Maiden). I do miss the expression pedals, but honestly, the bass does not need volume pedal FX or Wah control and the Rocktron allows you to connect ANY expression pedal to control ANY effect (0-127 CC). Even still, I would be more inclined to use a VOX or Crybaby Wah pedal or volume pedal and use the Vamp for what its best at doing: amp simulation and FX.
I do have one MAJOR gripe about the Bass Vamp Pro and Vamp Pro. Neither one is designed to natively be used in an FX loop of a real amplifier. It is assumed you either use it as a 'super pedal' infront of the amp or you are powering a power amp with it or going into a P.A. This was the one piece of the puzzle that made me pass on the Vamp Pro. If I would not FX loop it in natively into my working tube amps, it was no good to me (and the work-arounds I read about are not good enough for me).
The ideal use of the Vamp Pro (like the Bass Vamp Pro) seems to be when you are using it in a direct box into a PA or power amplifier situation where you dont want the obvious lame limitations of plugging into a PA channel or generic power amp. The fact is has balanced XLR outputs (COOOOOL!!!) and analog outputs demonstrates you can plug into a mixing board to make your sound guy happy, and you can have a Eden or other nice sounding amp to hear as a monitor for you while you are playing.
The concept of direct box input into a mixing board/power amp with no real amp or speaker cabinet is new to me. I sold my SWR head when I got the Bass Vamp Pro (not a hard choice to make!). Guitar, however to me means tubes and a resonate cabinet. I cant shread on a POD like a EL34 amp and a standard distortion pedal. BUT, as a working musician, I would thing the POD/Vamp Pros work and the variety of sounds they do make owning a POD Pro or Vamp Pro a no-brainer. Its easier to haul a Vamp Pro than a Blackface Pro, Plexi Marshall, AC30 even if the playing tecture is slightly wrong. Joe drunk audience member does not care if I get the sound he is hearing with 10 pounds of equipment or with 300 (as is the case when I take my amp head, my 100 pound 4x12s, and FX rack with me).
But the Vamp Pro is you thing you will play out with it, OR if you dont allready own a 'real' amp. The Vamp Pro will make a shitty generic keyboard amp sound fantastic as well as a direct input into a P.A. mixing board.
Hope my rambling helps! :doh: