@OP: Dude, sorry for the confusing advice posted on this thread.
And yes, there is a dearth of experience here, but here's my 2 cents though. I have been playing for about 14 years.
Sorry if I keep repeating myself, but the primary role of buying gear for anyone short of a Pro is to inspire you to practice. Anything that can get you there is the best for you. Things that shape your technique initially will be the guitar itself, specifically the neck shape and length/string tension.
Guitars come in two basic types: Fender Stratocaster type and Gibson Les Paul.
Strat type guitars have long and slender necks, allowing more space between frets and hence the highest frets are usable, even at frets 22 to 24.
LP type guitars have shorter and thicker necks, allowing a looser feel of the string, making it more bendable and also giving it a more meaty, less shrill sound.
As a beginner, there is no clear advantage in going for either guitar. You may have a bit of difficulty if you are used to feel of a particular guitar and then switch to another later if you are in very advanced stages (when you play a lot of fast stuff out of muscle memory, without thinking). So pick up a guitar that is most similar to what your heroes play, in your case Fender Strat/Ibanez Super Strats.
About tube amp vs effects unit: Yes, tube amp does have a great tone. But most people starting out aren't connoisseurs of pure valve tone and playing dynamics. A beginner is bound to take more notice of the effects on their guitar hero's tone than the dynamics or other intricacies. When you feel that you sound nothing like the song you are trying to emulate, you end up losing interest in practice. Also, for a beginner a processor is a nice base to build up knowledge of the wide array of effects available to a guitarist like Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flange, Phase, Wah, Auto-Wah etc. Once you start gigging and want to have a tone that sounds unique, you are ready for a tube amp.
-- My current rig
Guitar: '98 MIJ Ibanez RG520 QS w EMG 81/60
Amp: Laney LC15R Tube, Fernandes 20W SS
Pedals: MI Audio Tube Zone Overdrive, Boss OD3, CS3, MT2, HM2, DS2, CE5, DD7, TU3, Beta Aivin DD2 Delay, Dunlop Crybaby 95Q, Stranger Vol Pedal, BBE SupaCharger
Others: Yamaha RBX 374 Bass, Yamaha MM-6 Synth, M-Audio Fast Track, Shure SM-57, Heet Sound E-Bow Plus
Wanted(pm if selling): EB VPJr/Boss FV500L,Ibanez w Original/Lo-Pro Edge