what is the best guitar and amp for alternative and hardcore
the stuff i have now just doesnt cut it
my budget for a guitar or amp is about 0-500
500 of what?

Dancing jesus'? US Dollars?

Epiphone Les Paul Standard w/ SD Alnico Pro II's
Fender Aerodyne Telecaster & Stratocaster
Marshall JCM 800 4104 combo

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Would that budget include both or just one?

If just an amp, a Peavey Valveking would get hardcore and alternative done fairly well. With the money saved (They're about $420 new) a Bad Monkey could be purchased for that extra oomph.

If both, a Crate V33 and Ibanez RG321, and a Digitech Bad Monkey later on for more gain.
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save and buy a used 5150

and an sg or les paul. Considering you're talking about actual hardcore and not metalcore
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