#1
I have narrowed it down to two choices..
Dean MLX
Dean Dave Mustaine VMNTX-United Abominations

The MLX I have wanted for a longggg time, and I've watched about 6 or 7 reviews/demos of it online and it sounds really nice.
I idolize Dave, and his guitar is sexy haha nice finish, but im not going for looks, more playability.

sooo..
Dean MLX for $250
or..
Dean VMNTX for $300

here are the URLs for both guitars.
MLX: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/document?cpd=0OEY&doc_id=99371&base_pid=511856&index=2

VMNTX: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/document?cpd=0OEY&doc_id=99371&base_pid=520088&index=0

help me out here
#2
also I might replace the bridge pick up with a Seymour Duncan haha
depends on the stocks
#3
Dude buying those guitars would be downgrading.
Peavey 5150 combo
1989 Ibanez RG750
MXR 10 Band EQ
Dean MLX
Spider III 15W
Yamaha FG700S

GAS list:
TC Nova Repeater