#1
I was hoping to get a new amp; nothing too pricey but a step up from my tiny 10 watt. I'm an intermediate player and I think upgrading my gear for the first time might help me move along. I want something so I can explore an see how versatile I can be.
#4
450 gets you a peavey valveking and a bad monkey which paired up can get you any tone including metal yet have pretty decent cleans (meaning not fender)

black heart little giant half stack is sick and cheaper


if you want to explore your abilities or w.e get a tube amp

07 Fender American Deluxe Strat
07 Fender Custom Telecaster
09 Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster
09 Fulltone OCD V.4
10 Ibanez WH-10 V.2
09 Splawn SuperStock
10 Jet City JCA-20
97 Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

Yeh the SICK! bit sounds a bit stupid.

#5
How loud are you planning to get? If you're looking for versatility you might find a used B-52 AT-112. It's pretty versatile but you might need pedals to get a wide variety of sounds.