#1
Budget is somewhere between 500$-800$ maybe a lil more. I play mostly metal/metalcore Avenged svenfold like stuff..not really sure what to buy, maybe a shecter
#4
take a look at the ltd ec-1000, or if you want a floyd the hellraiser v is pretty frippin sweet
Gear:

Jackson Mark Morton Dominion
Mesa Dual Rect 2 Channel
Marshall JCM900 1960 cab