I play guitar, drums and sing. I don't play other people's music, really; mostly just my own. I'm using GP5 to write at the moment, until I get round to buying a basic recording set-up.
I'm using seven strings predominantly, with a Soldano Hot Rod Avenger 50 and a Matamp cab with Vintage 30's and K100's. I'm thinking of investing in a Diezel or Baron at some point in the next year.
An eight string is also something I feel a necessity for, but it's not top priority as there really isn't anything in my price range that is striking me, as of yet.
Favourite bands are Deftones, Mastodon, Neurosis, Gojira, The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc. That's the kinda stuff I write my music around.
I used to be in a very good band for three years, but the two brothers in it moved back to England. Very disappointing, but that's life.