#1
i've been trying to get a decent tone out of my gear for months now with no luck, and its harsh and thin and you can't hear the notes. it's an indistinct, blurry mess.

this is my gear - epiphone les paul custom, the amp is an old laney pro-linebacker 65 solid state combo, my pedalboard consists of a boss od-2, marshall bluesbreaker 2, dunlop crybaby, behringer delay, and a danelectro flange.

at the moment, my eq settings are treble: 8, mid: 4, bass: 7, presence: 8
it's the best sound i can come up with but it's still muddy and sounds artificial and has no warmth or fullness. i play a mix of psychedelic, bluesy hard rock and goth/alternative stuff. i need a more ballsey sound, so can someone suggest me how to get my gear sounding decent? or better yet suggest replacement gear. thanks
#2
Get better pickups, and turn your bass down.
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#3
Stop cutting mids, try downing your bass and treble a little (not too much) and raising those mids, believe me, it will sound ballsey enough.

Also, is it just when you're using your pedals or is it also on clean?
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#4
the clean is ok, but whenever i turn on the overdrive pedal it gets harsh and thin.
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right i did that. my new settings are treble - 7, mid - 7, bass - 4
and it definitely sounds a lot fuller. with overdrive, chords are warmer and thicker. but still when i'm playing riffs, the notes are indistinct and it sounds muddy.
anything else i can do?
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^Did you try adjusting the presence?
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Try raising mids a little, and lower the pickup.
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#9
Hm, are you using your overdrive with your amp disto on? If so, maybe you should just use the amp disto or the overdrive(if I put overdrive on my amp with disto on it gets all odd-sounding and you can't pick out anything but the bass notes in chords). Epi pickups are rather muddy to my experience too, so not to just jump on it, but maybe try some new pickups?
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#10
Ya, try lowering your pickup a little. I used to have that trouble, and it helped a lot.
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#11
mids and bass are what makes your tone muddiest but mids and especially low mids are also what gives your sound fullness so you've got a bit of a pickle here.

imo, more mids can help if those mids are focused like say... on a Marshall where you'll get that throaty, vocal type of tone, but otherwise they can easily mud your sound up. Honestly, if you're having trouble like that, you really need to think about changing something in your setup. I'd try a few different guitars through the amp to see if that's the problem.