Learned to play (somewhat) = major GAS attack.
I've gone 2 years now with cheapo, easy to use gear. Ibanez SA guitar, Peavy Rage 15 watt, Line6 DM4. Great for beginning the guitar, but I've never liked the tone, and although I could probably tweak it better, it'll never get as good as I want.
So I'm finally going to go out and get some real gear. Intermediate to experienced level stuff. I decided to browse through user forums (like here) and I see tons of info.
Right now I really need a new amp, my rage is a good practice amp, but I'm beginning to get a tone sensitive ear. One of my favorite tones of all time is the Dream Theater SFAM album, any suggestions for even remotely emulating this would be appreciated.