#1
So, I have a Vox Valvetronix VT20+, a Boss RC-3, and a Global Electric from the 70's. I plan on joining jazz band for school because they need a guitarist. I just got a job so I can save up to buy a nice guitar and amp. I want to know your guys opinion for a good clean jazz amp for jazz band. And, a good mid-cost jazz guitar. I was looking at the Epiphone Wildkat because I know semi-hollows and hollowbodies are the best for jazz.

Amp no more than 800, guitar no more than 600-800. The thing is, I will not only be using the new gear for jazz band only. I will use it for personal enjoyment and also jamming with others. I listen to alternative rock, indie, pop, folk, and some blues/jazz. I know that is a wide range, but I want to make things clear. Also, I'd like to have an assortment of around six pedals.
#2
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I listen to alternative rock, indie, pop, folk, and some blues/jazz. I know that is a wide range
Don't worry, we are used to hearing far wider tastes
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Also, I'd like to have an assortment of around six pedals.
'cause they look cool or 'cause you feel like you have too much money?
To play that stuff I would use 3 pedals max, and even that would be a stretch for me.

Are your values in USD?
If that's the case you may wanna look into a used roland JC120, or JC60.
Or a fender twin if you want a more colored sound.

That is, if jazz's what you'll be playing most of the time.
Then you pair everything with a compressor, a blues driver or similar, a british sounding distortion pedal and you're set.

Or, if jazz's not what you'd be playing mostly you could get an AC30, if you can find one for $800.
If you can't then try an AC15.
The all tube ones, not the vr's.
With that you might argue you won't need pedals, but then again you'll likely find a compressor nice if you're playing in a jazz band.
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#3
About the pedals, not because they look cool, just so I can have the right pedal If I need it. I figured I have the looper, and I'd get a wah, a reverb (just because I know not all amps have the greatest reverb), some kind of drive (probably a blues driver), a delay, an echo, maybe a distortion.

Yes, I'm paying with US dollars, I live in PA. I mostly like Vox or Fender. Not into Orange or Marshall.
#4
Well, I wouldn't go so far as agreeing they're "best", but semihollows do seem to be more popular in jazz than most genres.

That said, among the semihollows, I'd recommend either something in the Godin line or a member of the Reverend family.

I would also recommend the Reverend Rick Vito for your purposes. It's a solidbody, but it is a tone monster. It comes in hardtail and Bigsby equipped versions. And there is a good jazz combo where I live whose guitarist uses a Godin solidbody with a LP shape. I don't know precisely which one, though.

(I have a Rick Vito hardtail and a Manta Ray 390.)

Godin:
https://reverb.com/item/299247-godin-5th-avenue-kingpin-ii-natural-with-case
www.ebay.com/itm/Godin-5th-Avenue-CW-Kingpin-II-electric-guitar-with-Godin-Tric-Case-/261621456303?pt=Guitar&hash=item3ce9da9daf

Reverb
https://reverb.com/item/234569-reverend-manta-ray-390-2011
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Reverend-Manta-Ray-290-Made-of-Korina-P90-pickups-Excellent-condition-/331333251816?pt=Guitar&hash=item4d250032e8

https://reverb.com/marketplace/electric-guitars?query=Reverend+club+King

https://reverb.com/item/268138-reverend-rick-vito-oceanside-green
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#5
Thanks for the advice danny! I found it very helpful. I really like the Rick Vito from what I can tell. Any advice on an amp?
#6
A tube combo that has good cleans would be my preference. Fender, Vox and Carvin have good ones in your piece range, new or used. I have a Fender HRD, but found the Voxes and Carvins to be their equal.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/search.php?s=tube+combo+amp&sb=low2high&params=eyJkaW1lbnNpb24iOnsiUHJpY2UgUmFuZ2UiOlsiMTAiLCIxMDAwMDA5Il0sIkNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMTQiXSwiQnJhbmQiOlsiNDI5NDk2NzIzNSIsIjQyOTQ5NjYzNzMiXX19
http://www.carvinguitars.com/guitaramps/vintageseries.php

I've also been told that Mesa/Boogie amps deliver good cleans as well, and can do heavier stuff as well. So I've been looking at them. They're pricier than those I mentioned above, but you can still find used ones in your price range:
https://reverb.com/item/287280-mesa-boogie-express-5-25-1x12-combo-black
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