Okay, I have a MIM Strat with a Hot Rail in the bridge position. I have a Digital Crate DX112, and it's okay, but I think I want a little better amp. I don't need it to be huge, I want to spend between 200-300 dollars (is this reasonable), I forsee myself remaning a casual player, and play punk and ska. Throw some ideas at me, I know nothing about amps, really.
Crate Palomino V series amps. Small, All-tube, great crunchy od for punk. Or maybe an Epi Valve Standard, also all-tube, but with an EQ (i think), whereas the Crate only has a tone knob. but u can fix that w/ an EQ.