I've decided I really need to do something about working towards getting to a point where I can join a band again, ie getting a guitar & amp again. Right now all I have is a borrowed Encore start copy & a really crap practice amp, but it's a guitar and it was free. Anyway, it's not a 7, it's not mine and there's no way I could play live with the current set up. I still have my Trace 3x12 cab, so I need a guitar & amp. It'll take me a while to sell stuff/save to a point where I've got enough cash for that, but I'm debating on what to get first.
Prior to selling up to fund my house move I had a Pod XT Pro with the models packs. I've still got control of the account I bought those on, so am I right in thinking I can just hook another XT Pro up to my pc and install my old settings & model packs on that? Or do I have to fork out for the model packs again? If I can, then I think that and a power amp (Peavey 50/50 or maybe a Marshall 20/20) are the way to go. Otherwise I'd need a head and something like a G Major for effects/midi control, which I think would end up being more. Either way I need a floor board of some sort. So, any comments so far?
Next up, the guitar. I'm going to be on a budget here, so no KXK's for a while. Since I love Ibanez necks, an RG7421/RG7621 is an obvious choice, though I'd prefer something with a mahogany or ash body. Now, I'm thinking I could grab one of these (bigger pic here)used and some used EMG707's or Blackouts to replace the crap-tastic HZ's for around the cost of a used RG7421/RG7621. It has a slim Ibanez-style neck profile and a mahogany body, which is good in my book. Shame it’s a bit wannabe-goth/Nu-metal in the looks department, but I can live with that. Unless anyone has any other suggestions for cheap (sub £300) mahogany or ash 7’s?
Anyway, here’s the big question; which to buy first? Do I get the amp so the borrowed guitar sounds better, or do I get a 7 string which fits my playing better and put up with the shitty practice amp?
I'd go with the guitar first, getting yourself back used to the wider neck and such will probably pay off more when you get the new rig.