Schecter makes very affordable eight strings, although of course you said the neck was an issue. I would honestly keep the seven string, buy thicker strings and detune it. Seven's and eights aren't much different.
You would be better off buying a good amp. 5150 is THE metal amp.
Dude any Splawn amp is ****ing great. The nitro blows the powerball out of the water in my opinion, but its also voiced differently, kinda more like a really hot rodded marshall than the more modern powerball. You still can't go wrong with a Nitro though.
I would recommend investing in a better DAW to begin with, Reaper is great for newer people. Depending on what type of sound you are going for, you can find a number of great guitar and bass emulators as free VST downloads that can yield professional results.
Try searching Nick Crow, Acme Bar Gig, and Lepou. They all offer great guitar amp emulators for free. You will also need speaker impulses if you take this approach, which can be easily found as well.
If you want to take the micing approach, which I would recommend more, invest in a few basic mics such as an SM57, and possibly some condesor mics in the future.
It's definitely a learning process, but well worth it.
Well I'd say bring your gear to the guys house and try it. It looks like a sweet deal man. If not use your guitar with his setup and you should be able to get a pretty good idea of how it alters the sound.
That was good. I would change the intro a little to make it less repetitive, but with vocals that would probably be fine. It seems pretty similar until 65, that sweet "southern" riff which I like alot. It fits with the song but goes in a new direction and transitions well.
I actually thought the next part was kinda cheesy though until 92 when the BTBAM influence really starts to shine through, that was well done. The breakdownish part at 127 was cool, up to another southern sounding part which held the song together. The main riff reintroduction was kinda shaky, but it ended well.
I bought a Bugera 6260 about a month ago and everything was working fine up until about a week ago. I powered the amp on and all of a sudden i saw sparks by the tubes then it shut off and wouldn't power back on.
I bought a new fuse and it powers on now and works.. but there is a horrible popping/crackling noise you can hear when you play..
Ok, critting the second version. I don't really listen to this stuff, so forgive me if my review seems somewhat biased towards more standard structured songs.
On first listen the intro seemed to go nowhere but when I listened again I realized it was put together quite well and most likely thought out. It transitions very nicely into the next riff.
The next part, while still retaining the same...oddness, seemed like filler to me up until bar 45, which I absolutely love.
After this it seems to go in a million directions. Its a very strange piece, but it seems like something that would grow alot on you. To the average listener I think it would probably be overwhelming. Alot of the guitar fills seem atonal, maybe try using some more melodic parts as reference points (going back to the riff at bar 45) and that might make the song fit together better, and be more "listenable".
I'm glad you came back to that one riff, it provides a fitting theme for the song. After that it's nothing new but the ending was very good. It would work well as an intro for a cd like you wanted it to.