So we haven't had any threads like this yet.
WARNING! LONG POST!
If this is just too long to read, i won't be offended, but hey if you're bored! I'd love to hear any suggestions or comments on achieving better tone.
Let me first give you a run down of my current rig and musical genre. Not trying to show off, but the more info thats out there, the more help i can get
Rock/Hard Rock/Punk Rock/Pop Rock and Punk.
Think, Rise against meets nickelback meets blink 182 meets an aussie band called jet or any other slightly bluesy in your face rock. Alot of my influence is blues rock, even though i don't play it. No idea how it got into my playing, but every solo i do is pentatonic/blues. Grew up listening to alot of beatles, gunners and led zepplin like every other bloody guitarist, then moved on. My sound is kinda hard to describe. www.myspace.com/withintent
has some of my bands stuff (we're rerecording them atm, not amazingly, just to fix it all up)
Bugera 333XL (pretty much a JSX clone, but a little less metal and more rock to my ears, that could be the power amp tubes though) with every single tube swapped out, kt77s in the power amp, 12ad7 JJ for v1, jj12ax7 v2, tung sol 12ax7 v3, phillips 7683 (or some bunch of numbers) for v4/phase converter.
Master: 6 or 7
Clean Volume: 2 or 3 (it overpowers the dirty channels much higher... is that normal?)
Bass:6 or 7
Mids: I can never decide, i range between 4 and 6
Treble: 4 or 5, usually closer to 5
Crunch Volume: 3 or 4 (plus XL switch which is sort of a loud button, but cooler)
Bass: 7 or 8
Mids: 5 or 6
Lead Volume: 3ish (plus xl switch)
Rest the same as crunch, or close enough to it.
Tempted to actually put a 12ax7 in the v1 instead, because i put the ad7 because i was having clean gain problems, but those problems have gone away now. Amps are funny things.
Well thats run into a Vader 2X12 cab, that i added nice big casters too. Great cab, i don't play metal, works great for me.
Also use a weber attenuator live occasionally.
Pedals (in this order):
Jim Dunlop Crybaby 535Q
Korg Pitch Black Tuner
Tube Screamer clone i built with asymetrical clipper switch as well as something else... the mod pack from General Guitar Gadgets. Pretty sure it has the keeley mod too.
FX LOOP (this attenuates the highs a bit, annoys me, but atleast its only for effects)
TC Electronics Nova Delay (probably overkill for 90% of what i do but my god it sounds great.)
Danelectro Hash Browns Flanger (the little one in the plastic casing, not the new ones, great little pedal i think)
Now i make my guitars... i don't own a single brand name guitar, just ones i made or cheap no names aside from my acoustic.
Made out of New Guinea Rosewood, Heavy as all hell, probably ways inbetween 7 and 12 kg. 24 frets on an ebony fretboard with roller nut and grover locking tuners, thicker through neck than an sg (shaped like a D if it was one of those D's that weren't round all the way) and bigger and thicker. Its wider and thicker in general. SD Pearly gates in the neck and a Dimarzio FRED in the bridge. Bigsby tail piece.
This is my rock n roll guitar. Couldn't do metal if its life depended on it, and the cleans are passable at best. Get some crunchy tube distortion and this thing SINGS! I love the feel of it but there is no way i could shred (if i could shred in the first place) on it. Its just chunky, and feels great. Its my rock guitar and i love it to pieces. Hot as all hell output too.
Made out of some wood that is pretty much the same as alder. Bolt on left handed strat style maple neck with grover locking tuners. Graphtec nut. EMG 89 (the 85 that split coils into a SA) and 81 combo. Quieter than my sg for some reason, does everything the sg can't do, the smooth hard rock/metal sounds, as well as the clean stuff. Whenever i don't want grungy dirty plain and simple rock, i use this, e.g, i use this to play megalomaniac by incubus, but i use the SG to play our version of anyway you want it by journey. Single coil comes in handy, and on a recent metal demo i did, this guitar was the most "br00t4lz" guitar on the whole recording... and that was using one string, using both pickups, but the split coil on the neck. Odd.
Strat, this is a pieces strat made from a OEM body, cheap guitar neck, locking tuners, and a fender branded single locking floyd rose. Fender standard strat pickups from a few years back. Great guitar to play, but the floyd rose kills so much of the tone. I blocked the floyd, because i really was just playing with it coz it was there.
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Acoustic: Ibanez Exotic Woods, zebra wood. Nice big semi jumbo guitar, sounds great and warm, but has some weird lower mid thing going on that i don't like when its recorded. Great loud guitar to bust a song out live or unplugged though.
THE NEW 50's STRAT BUILD!!!!:
This i am starting to collect parts for and build. So far i have the body, neck plate and pickguard.
It was supposed to be 50s, but 60s road worn fender body (no difference between the two other than some MINOR cosmetic differences that don't affect the sound, or nothing i can't change to be like the 50s so i'm ok with it. 57 style single ply pick guard, road worn vintage tremolo, gotoh vintage locking tuners (custom relic'd) 50s road worn Soft V shaped neck, 57/62 pickup in the neck, fat 50s middle pickup, custom shop 54' pickup for bridge. Clapton "woman tone" mod from guitar fetish (basically a cool eq that can boost or cut mids and do other stuff) and stratoblaster.
So this will be a pretty beefed up 50's strat all in all with some nice under the hood modifications..
Now for my question. That strat i'm building is gonna need some good tone. I know its capable of it, but i don't think my current gear can do it justice. Any advice on pedals or amps or anything like that? I'm after the classic "strat sound" and i know there have been many, but you guys know what i'm talking about, the bellish, glassy beautiful sound when clean, and then that edgy classic overdriven sound when pushed.
The strat sound is my favourite lead tone because its just so recognisable and it sticks out. God i love that neck position. Doesn't work on everything, but when it works, it works better than anything else IMO.
I was thinking of building myself a Blackface Deluxe Reverb (twin reverb is just overkill for me), and probably a Trainwreck Expression (or liverpool if someone can tell me why they're better), the DR for the strat and the TW just because i like the idea of a one knob amp (essentially).
I know alot of the playing is in the fingers and that stuff on the myspace really doesn't do me justice so i apologize for it. Just trying to help those who are bored enough to help me.
So yes, any advice with the strat, or anything else with my rig, feel free to chime in and yeah. Thanks for reading this far!!