#1
My limit is about $300-$400 for an amp and $400-$500 for a guitar. For guitar its either an HSS or SSS Strat or maybe a Tele. The thing is my brother has all the high end stuff, mesa boogie, custom fender jazzmaster, les paul studio and all these cool effects. I just want my own decent set up. I'm looking at the line 6 spider series. But anything better thats around $300 to $400 is welcome. My main influences are Cream, Black Crowes, Guns n Roses, Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, Hendrix, Alice in Chains,, Aerosmith, and The Rolling Stones and Buddy Guy. I might get a fuzz box and Talk Box down the line and my brother will give me his Cry Baby Wah. Where i'm getting at is whats a good amp for the music i like. Basically Blues Rock with some to a lot of distortion.


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#2
try to spend more money on the amp rather than on the guitar. the amp is really what will affect your tone more. go around trying cheaper and/or used tube amps and see what you like. the spider series really isn't that good there's a lot of better amps out there.
#3
look at the peavey vypyr series, they are pretty decent amps to get you started. I just got the 15W to practice on at night. Its not anywhere near a nice tube amp(which i also have), but its got some decent sounds and built in effects and the larger ones you can get a footswitch for to control the effects.

I disagree with garlic owl, get a decent guitar. If something is a chore to play, you probably wont want to practice much. and if you're not going to be gigging anytime soon, i wouldnt spend a lot of money on a big amp.

the obvious thing is: have your brother help you find some stuff, if hes got a nice setup, he probably knows quite a bit about guitars and amps and might even know some people who have got some used stuff for sale good prices.