#4
Pretty much what Angry said. You're not going to get a "nice" or "good" amp for that kind of money, but these are the best ones in that price range.
Fender '04 Strat
MiM Sunburst with Maple Neck

Ibanez TS-808
Fender Blues Junior
Marshall JTM60
#5
Used crate VC. Will get you up to early metallica and VH tones.
I wondered why the frisbee was getting bigger, then it hit me.
#6
my kustom 12 gauge is decent, if you EQ it right you can get pretty convincing tones dont expect to get a good amp for 150$, even used