#1
So I've been looking to get a half stack for the first time and the type of sound I wanna get out of it is a pretty solid metalcore/deathcore sound. I've heard about the Mesa Boogie Rectifiers, engl powerballs, and peavy 5150's, but I just don't have the kind of money for that. If anyone can suggest some good head/cab combos in the $500-$1000 range than I'd be very thankful. I'd prefer the price to stay closer to $500 but all suggestions are welcome.
#2
What guitars, pickups and effects do you use? Do you have any bands as examples?

It might be worth looking at Blackstar, Randall and Hughes & Kettner. Look into a decent boost or distortion pedal too.