alpha1 right dude! .. when i started learning guitar i thought all those distortions, wahwah, etc sounds comes from the guitar :-P i never had idea about processors, pedals and amps! lol
ibanez or fender! they are guitars,. get a guitar which is good and you like the most.,
wats on your fingers, style and wat processors you have.. they give the sound! the real metal! ;-)
20K budget is good! you can plan for getting any Ibanez GIO series and a good Digitech Processor!
i have a basic kramer focus model and digitech rp90! mostly i use IK Multimedia's Amplitude its a pc based amp software (i use for recording too) and i get heavy metal, rock, clean anything .. Rock on
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