AC30 with and without pedals vs other amps
If you got an AC30 and a Hot Rod (or an equivalent mid range tube amp) and put overdrive/distortion pedals in front of them (I'm thinking RAT, OCD, Hotcake, TS, SD1) would there be a lot of difference in sound and tone quality. Is the AC30 going to come out top in terms of tone with pedals in front of it as well as without.
Basically, the sounds I'm thinking of getting are anywhere from light overdrive to something like a heavy Radiohead sound. Is it worth getting the AC30 over the Hot Rod if I'm going to use pedals for distortion. Just to clarify however, I wouldn't only be using pedals. This is just a thing I've been wondering about: do some amps sound better with pedals in front of them and how apparent is the difference? Obviously the AC30 has awesome OD by itself whereas I've heard that the Hot Rod's doesn't really compare.
Also, as a side note, is an AC30 + OD and Distortion pedals (which I would get later) good if I want to get all of the Radiohead tones (I'm thinking House of Cards cleans to The Bends dirt tones). Thom, Jonny and Ed all use them so I'm guessing it would be a good idea. Obviously the AC30 is very versatile amp and could get a range of different sounds as well. If you haven't guessed already, Radiohead are a favourite of mine :P
TL;DR version: The AC30 is most likely a better amp than a Fender Hot Rod but with pedals in front of them, would there be a noticeable difference? Also, is an AC30 (+possible dirt pedals) good for Radiohead sounds?