I'm a noob too.
My weapons are a 1974 LP Deluxe, 1999 Strat, 1990 P-bass, 2004 Ovation, and a home made guitar that looks like an M-16.
My wife has a 70's vintage Strat (PINK!), a hand made spainish, year unknown, and an Ovation just like mine.
Power is from 60's era Deluxe reverb, 70's era Studio bass, and 3 home made amps from 30 to 150 watts.
Both Fender amps have been modified. The bass amp (200 watt, all tube) has improved high frequency response and reverb. When I play my Les Paul through it, the sound is just wonderful.