Medium sized story ahead, skip to the end if only interested in he picture! I started playing guitar about 13 years ago. Over that span I've never really owned anything that I've loved except one guitar which was an ESP EC-II, which my grandpa bought me otherwise I would never have been able to afford it. I've unfortunately been on the not so well off financial side of life through most of my life. Spent most of my years on a 15 watt Marshall combo and a $150 starter epiphone. While I'll never take that for granted, it always sucked having mediocre gear and knowing how much better you would sound and more motivated you would be to play with better gear. When I finally joined a band for the first time, I saved up a bunch and bought a line 6 spider valve 212. The amp was great for awhile, my ESP sounded awesome through it compared to my Marshall. Then after a year or two I started realizing how even though it's a "tube amp" it would never achieve the sound I actually want. Shortly after that the band broke up so it didn't really matter anymore. For about the last five years, I haven't played really at all and unfortunately fell pretty deep into alcoholism. It was a very bad couple of years. Sold all of my gear just to stay alive and have another sip. Was also unemployed for awhile and almost died twice. Alcohol is the fucking devil in liquid form. Fast forward to about a month ago. I'm 4 months sober at the time, I finally have a good job, I have some, not a lot but some, excess money I can start putting aside for things I enjoy. My buddy asks me if I want to join his band. I hesitantly say yes, wondering what I'm getting myself into considering I have no gear but am able to borrow a friends. It's been one of the best choices I've ever made. I feel life inside of me again for the first time in forever. I can't wait for Sundays every week just to jam the fuck out. So I decided it was time to buy a rig for myself that I've always wanted. A 5150 or something in the line has always been part of my end game. And either a Marshall or orange cab. Ended up deciding on the orange as it had a much darker character than the Marshall 1960a I tried out and preferred it. I'm so in love with this combo. The lower end ibanez is the only guitar I have right now, but it plays great and will definitely hold me over until I can get my hands on a seven string prestige. I'm happy as fuck, and just wanted to share with y'all! Thank you if you took the time to read all of that!