I have a friend (in his 50s) that wants to learn to play. He already has a small Peavey Vypyr, and an older small Peavey Rage, and a cheap guitar (name escapes me). He likes blues, country, classic and southern rock. He's played around with it some in past, but wants to get serious and 'really' learn, and wants to get something nice. Budget for amp is up to $1000. He's leaning toward a new 2017 Gibson LP for the guitar. I told him he may want to go ahead and get a nice tube amp like a Fender DR, so he'll spend his time with his hands on the guitar LEARNING HOW TO PLAY rather than fiddling with knobs and playing with sounds on a modeling amp and computer. I learned to play in early 70s on cheap acoustic you could barely press strings. Then moved to a cheap electric LP copy and a cheap horrid sounding transistor amp, before moving up to decent equipment in mid to late 70s. That was my equipment experience while learning. Sometimes I think I play better because of that experience. Struggling to play and sound good on cheap hard to play equipment, before moving to easier to play nicer equipment. That was then, this is now, and I'm not sure what is best. What do you think? If the person has the funds, should they go for a nice tube amp to learn on, or a nice modeling amp? I figure if he loses interest, at least with a tube amp it will go up in value (or at least will hold value). Then again he knows computers and may enjoy playing around with a modeling amp, different sounds, and software. What are your thoughts on it? TIA!