Here's what a great player can do with a Squire Strat. Notice none of the folks are plugged into $500 Amps. Some postings on this thread made this very point. Much better to have an expensive - reliable amp than an expensive guitar and cheap amp. Jack Pearson could make a Kleenex box with dental floss stretched across it sound great because of his playing skill. The cheapest Amp I see on stage is a 4x10 Fender Hot Rod Deville that sells for $1000 NEW.