#1
Please excuse the possible noob-ness of this question... I've always been a rhythm player (five years) and I'm only just getting into lead gutiar playing. I'm doing ok and slowly learning to solo and building technique, but I was wondering, how do lead players get that amazingly smooth creamy tone out of their leads? You know, where it hardly sounds like a guitar any more? Guys like Anthrax and the virtuoso guys, how do they get that tone?

Is it just a really high-output neck pickup through a high gain amp with the mids cut?
#2
I usually associate "creamy leads" with Slash.

So, low-output neck pickup, tone set to 0, into a medium-high-gain amp, with the EQs all set around 7.
#3
no i don't think it comes by cutting the mids. a lot of players like clapton and slash use a "woman tone", where you use the neck pickup with the tone in 0.
#4
Basically, IMO you want to use your neck pickup with quite high mids. Getting rid of some of the treble can make it sound a little smoother, but can sometimes make it sound too muddy or give a "filtered" sound which isn't always that nice. Fuzz pedals like the Big Muff can sound smoother than regular distortion, but then so can a nice overdriven tube amp.
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#5
Definetly overdrive, rather than distortion or fuzz, neck pickup which i actually set the tone at like 8, low highs, high mids and lows personally. I use neck pickup, tone at 8, on the amp i use low at 8, mid at 5 and high at around 6-7. Hope that helps
#7
oh rite er, Bridge pickup, er i have a peavey bandit amp so i have a vintage switch anyway but er high trebles, like a 4 mid kinda thing and like 5 on the low...i think i dunno i think it'll work give it a blast.
#9
aww yeah brilliant Bluewilliams i couldn't have put it better myself...........whatever
#10
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sorry...
#11
....oh sorry if i hurt your feelings i thought you were joking, sorry man

Your right though, led zepplin and everyone uses/used that sorta thing, The Datsuns do as well
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#12
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#13
wow i was trying to find a tone like this after reading this thread an all i got was a good rythem tone........
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#14
If that's the case, i pretty much stand by what i said- lots of mids, not too much treble and lower the bass a bit as well. Try all your pickup combinations to see what works best for you, but i'd go with the neck pickup. A wah pedal set in a middy position can work wonders for your lead tone as well
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Custom HSS Strat (eBay'ed parts)
Fender Acoustic
DOD EQ
EH Big Muff
Home-made Wah
Home-made Booster
Laney LC15

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