#1
So, I want to buy a new guitar that is made for heavier music than my current guitar (check my sig for more info) and i'm not sure what i want. I have about $800 to spend right now and i picked a few guitars out below, but if anyone has any better recommendations, please let me know. I want it for some lower drop tunings and a faster neck. Something with a bit more radical design would also be good, but i realize that visuals aren't everything. My amps and other important gear is also in my sig, but i want to play things along the style of: metallica, megadeth, black label society, ozzy, killswitch engage, bullet for my valentine, avenged sevenfold, dream theater (7 string isn't necessary), slipknot, etc.


http://www.guitarcenter.com/ESP-LTD-V-300-Electric-Guitar-584498-i1503632.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/B-C--Rich-WMD-Son-of-Beast-Electric-Guitar-512688-i1176232.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/B-C--Rich-JRV-7-String-Electric-Guitar-584464-i1503564.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/ESP-LTD-EC-401-Electric-Guitar-580199-i1435799.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Schecter-Guitar-Research-C-1-Custom-Electric-Guitar-584530-i1503889.gc
#2
New amp first. or split the $800 and get a new guitar and amp.
You can call me Aaron.


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#3
Hey man you and me share a lot of the same styles (Killswitch, Bullet, Avenged, Ozzy, Slipknot) I'd go with the ESP LTD EC-401 or check out the ESP LTD EX-401 (unfortunately hard to come by because it was replaced by the EX-360). I have an ESP LTD EX-CZ and I play drop C and Drop A# with no problems. Either way the EMG 81/60's give you an amazing metal tone and the guitars are incredibly sexy.
My Setup:
ESP LTD EX-CZ
Schecter Damien 7
Peavey 6505+
Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor
ISP Decimator
Maxon OD808
Boss DD-6
#4
honestly dude none of those are going to sound better than your Epi through a MG30FX. The ESP 401 is very similar to your Epi except it has active pups but they won't sound that much heavier through your setup. I would get a nice peavey 6505 combo or a solid tube amp for 800 bucks.
Gear:

Squier Strat
Epiphone Explorer
Agile AL-3100

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