Welcome aboard! I saw my first show in Baltimore in '82, I was 16. Go see a Further show for sure. Don't worry too much about the tight budget rig. I'm sure there's not a lot of silver spoons here whose parents bought them a PRS and a Boogie for their 15th birthday - I wish my folks had
The awesome collections of instrument and gear some of the folks here have were accumulated over many years. Be patient, you'll get there if that's what you want to do.