I'm actually looking for one specific effect that I'm sure is in lots of styles of music, but can be heard all the time in Motown records from the 60s. There's a chord that's hit along with the snare (and usually a tamborine). Like a real quick eight note. Listen to The Supremes "You Can't Hurry Love" if you're not sure what I'm talking about. It's like a real high sounding chord, but it's mixed so well with the tamborine sometimes it's hard to distinguish it.

Anyway, I'm working on a song and I'm trying to do that, but everything I'm trying just sounds terrible. I thought I'd just play the chords using the first second and third strings to get that high kind of sound, but it's really not working. I'm not sure if it's because my guitar sucks ass (and it does) or if I suck ass, or if I'm just not doing it right. I get this really terrible honking sound out of my G string. I've tried it with barre chords but it sounds way to muddy (and I'm not so good with barre chords on the A string).

Also, I'm not sure what my amp settings sould be (I'm using a virtual amp).

So..... any advice?