I was also worried with Line 6's nondisclosure to the HD500's tuning accuracy. Again playing alone it really doesn't matter much (my fiance has revoked my rights to singing anyway =/ apparently i don't sound like Billy Joel) but i want to make sure any slight difference in tuning by different systems wouldn't be audible when playing in the band. I still don't fully understand even the theory of band dynamics. While this does make me kind of excited to play in one, I worry about coming unprepared...
I don't know how much ground you have to cover but as the only guitarist on my team this rig covers all the bases I need:
James Tyler Variax-59 and Line 6 X3 Live
Both bought used, it cost me under $1100 total. Since you are just getting into it I'd say an X3 Live is a better choice than the HD500, no it's not quite as perfect in replicating famous amps but it more than holds it's own. You can get them new for under $300 (I've seen used for $200).
The variax is awesome mostly because I can get acoustic sounds at the touch of a button. All the Telecaster, Strat, Gretsch, models are fun and realistic but I normally either use the guitars built in pickups as if it were a Les Paul or the Acoustic sounds during a service.
I wouldn't push you to a Variax yet, I owned an AL2000 for a while and it was a great guitar. I swapped most (maybe all of the wiring/pickups) but it played incredibly right from the get go, sound wasn't bad I just had a particular set of pickups in mind (actually I more bought the guitar to house the pickups than bought the pickups to put into the guitar, if that makes sense).
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I need pictures of your drummer in his booth/cage/room http://drummersbehindglass.com
If I just need a pedal I would get the Fender Mustang Floor. It is getting great reviews and is much easier to set up (I have a Pod HD).
If you need an amp I have the Fender Mustang III with all the effects and tuner built in. You can find them new for $250.
Every team is different. If you can play chords and read a chord chart you are going to be fine. Be confident in yourself and others will be confident in you as well. Nothing I dread worse when leading is looking at me lead guitarist and giving him the, "ok melt some faces solo," look and he looks back at me like... "um I can't do that," when during practic he lays down some awesome riffs. Own your success' and your failures, hit a wrong note, like they say in jazz, keep hitting it and bend it a little everyone will think it was on purpose and love it.