The budget is for the amp only, I have more money available for the guitar.
I don't why no one said anything about this, but DO NOT cheap out on the amp compared to the guitar. a $2000 guitar through a $200 will sound almost the same as a $200 guitar through that same $200 amp. If you have to put some of the guitar budget towards the amp's budget to get the amp you want then do it. You might find yourself even liking your SG once you've got a good amp.
The tone will be different between a Solid state (transistor) and tube amp even if the speakers in the cabs are the same.
I hope you realize the difference between a combo and a head/cab though. You NEED a cab when using a head. Just want to make that clear.
You wont need to play louder for the amp to distort if you have more speakers, more speakers will just result in a fuller sound. also, you don't need to turn it up to distort, nowadays most amps will have a distortion channel of some sort, and even if it doesn't you can always get a distortion/overdrive/fuzz pedal that will push it past the clean sounds.
As for the Fender Blues Junior, it's not a bad amp but we really need to know what you play and want to play/sound like before we can tell you what's a good fit. and also a "loud" drummer is relative so I wouldn't be able to tell you if 15 watts is enough or not, as you might have a different definition of loud than I do.
I don't think I would suggest both of them having floyd roses, especially if these will be your only guitars. Judging just by the bands you listed they don't stick all stick to one specific tuning, but I guess if you can put up with all the shit you gotta do to change tuning on a floyd rose have at it.
Yeah, the guitars I bought new are. Even my acoustic that is damn near as old as I am (20 this year) is in pretty good condition considering it's been between Michigan and the Middle East. My first electric which was bought used has a couple of dings, mostly from the last owner and one from where my little sister hit it.
Of course you can, but having a good teacher definitely helps. I mean they did it back in the day without teachers or all the internet stuff so it's possible to do. I'd definitely suggest trying to play with other musicians as much as possible if you're not taking lessons, as you'll learn as you go.
Shouldn't this thread be closed? It's five years old.
why does it matter? I guarantee if someone would've made a "what are some songs in ___ tuning" there'd be people saying "use the search function, this thread gets made every other week" blah blah blah.