#1
Hey Guys,

So I have a question. I would like to know how to make my guitar sound better. Also, what exactly changes a guitar's sound? is it the pick ups I use, the strings, the guitar in general or the amp?

Current gear:
Amp: Marshall Valvestate 8080
Guitar: Richwood Les Paul
Guitar pick ups: stock
Guitar pedal: digitech RP 255

Thanks!
#2
Improve your technique.
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#3
^ +1.

Technique to me honestly is one of the most important things in your playing aswell as if your guitar is suited to you or not.
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Quote by awesome2201
Hey Guys,

So I have a question. I would like to know how to make my guitar sound better. Also, what exactly changes a guitar's sound? is it the pick ups I use, the strings, the guitar in general or the amp?

Current gear:
Amp: Marshall Valvestate 8080
Guitar: Richwood Les Paul
Guitar pick ups: stock
Guitar pedal: digitech RP 255

Thanks!

All the things you've mentioned and many more do affect your tone. As people have said though, good technique is easily the most important factor. Controlled bends/vibrato, clean fretting and even picking are the places to start
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#5
None of the gear you mentioned sounds like it would be holding you back. I would work on nice clean playing for now to improve your sound. If down the road you find something really specific you want to change (e.g. "I want a slightly hotter sound out of my bridge without sacrificing a lot of clarity"), then you can start fiddling with settings and gear.
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#6
get a tube amp

obviously practise too
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#8
What EQ are you using?
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#9
I've been completely reworking the way I pick and that has a MASSIVE difference on your tone. Gear makes your potential tone better, but you have to get a good technique down to unlock it.

That's how I see it at least.
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Gear makes your potential tone better, but you have to get a good technique down to unlock it.

That's how I see it at least.


exactly

but bad gear can hold you back, too

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#11
every single thing effects your tone. Your amp, guitar, pickups, electronics, pedals, leads, strings, picks, fingers, type of floor your on... it all matters.

"improving" your tone is a very broad statement. what exactly about your tone don't you like? or, what do you want it to be like that it isn't? the more specific you can be, the more actual help you'll get.
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#14
I've been playing the same guitar for 10 years now and I think it sounds better now than ever. The only thing that's changed is I have 10 more years of playing experience under my belt.
#16
It might be the rp through the valvestate though.
Valvestate is practically solidstate. Most solidstates don't work too well with a pedal in front of them, especially not a modeller.

I used my rp through a solidstate (not a valvestate tough but similar) and never got it to work the way I liked too.
I bet my pod HD500 would equally suck through that same amp, eventhough it's a better modeller. But use that modeller through a tube amp (doesn't even have to be a stack, a small 10-watter would do the trick, well maybe not for gigging) and you'll have much more feel and transparency.

My point is; if you want to upgrade something, start with the amp if you want the pedal to be your tone. Richwood make decent guitars, so no worries there.
Valvestates are not bad amps on their own either, I just don't think they combine well with pedals.

Soooow: if you want to use the pedal=> new amp
if you like the tone of the amp more=> remove the pedal from the chain
and focus all your attention on twisting them knobs on your amp to
find your tone.