Hey UG,

So lately I've been listening to some Phish and the lead guitar tone is amazing- almost a Santana vibe. Its warm, creamy, but tight, and sounds much more overdriven than distorted. How can I get this tone? I get too much of a distortion gain on my current settings. I feel a big part is that I don't get to crank up my amp and saturate the tubes. i this true?

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Part of it is that you aren't running the amp hot, a lot of fattness comes from that. You're also using an Alchemist which is a sterile amp compared to what is, I BELIEVE, a Deluxe Reverb. His tone is kind of the epitome of cranked fender deluxe tone.
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i highly doubt its only the non saturated tubes, but if it is that the only problem, you should try getting an attenuator since you cant crank up the amp
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I would probably try some EQ before the gain, can really shape the tone and character of the gain that way.