In my opinion I think it would be much better to just go with your sound and find your own type of style with all the influences you have and just be original. People like J, Thurston Moore, Kurt Cobain, the indie scene in general preached and practised originality so if you want to honor what they do find your own way kinda of using all your influences as a guide.
Also I believe all types of gear have loads of potential. Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean it is not good. Everything has its purpose and place and you just have to find what those things are and what you can do with them. Just use what you think suits you and your style and just use your influences as guides. Anyways just an opinion.