So, I've been playing in a bluegrass band (i.e. all acoustics, micing everything) for several years. However, our band has now added drums and gone electric. I'm playing a Epi Les Paul through a 1980 Princeton Reverb. Other band members are playing electric bass, banjo, and guitar through similar powered amps.
My question is, for bar gigs, what's the best way to amplify the instruments? Mic the amps? One guy has a fender Hot Rod Deluxe, with an effects loop. It's manual says you can run the Preamp out of the effects loop straight into a PA ... is that a good idea? Any help here would be appreciated.