I've been playing for a year and I still have my crappy amp that came on a beginner pack. I've been raising some money since summer (I work in part time) and I have $1300 to upgrade my gear.

I'm not planning on buying a guitar soon. Although mine sucks, I really want to invest on my sound now. I really like the Van Halen and Paul Gilbert sound, I'm a rock n' roll guy, so I don't need ultimate gain for metal thrashy stuff.

The thing is I don't know if I should buy some pedals instead of a new amp because probably I can get the sound I want with some effects. Do you think I'll be good with those or am I making a mistake? I just don't wanna buy a fairly expensive amp and then regret myself because it didn't turn out the way I expected.

Thanks for opinions and suggestions.