Got my first electric this week. Thought I've had my amp lined up by then but don't. I'd be playing in my home. Family present. I work from home so I can imagine getting loud at times when the family is at work/school. I like rock and would want some distortion/overdrive/whatever. Watts: I don't understand how much/little wattage is necessary and what is overkill. Looks: I admit I like how something "looks" as well. Any Fender Tweed is sexy, IMHO, yet the stark silver on some Fenders is ugh. But I'm willing to forgo looks for the right sound/deal. (i.e. a whitish Monoprice is ugly but could work). Pedals: I don't know. I'd probably like to use pedals for fun at some point. I thought some amps can't take pedals...(modeling amps maybe). Size: I am the king of clutter and don't have much space to begin with, so smaller is probably better. You get the idea. This isn't so much of a "brand/model" request as a basic explanation of what is needed. My struggle is that I tend to start at Point A (low $, basic needs), then move up the ladder towards nicer, more expensive stuff. This goes for any hobby or interest. Also, with all the used stuff out there, I'm constantly having to look up reviews for a model that I haven't heard about. I almost ordered a Katana Air yesterday. Screw it that it's probably plastic, but it seems to sound great but then I look up the forum on it and start hearing about the Cube, the Fly 3, etc...and the Katana Air stays in the shopping cart.... Please help me sort it out. Thanks.