So how many of you have found the tone you hear in your head?

What guitarist does it resemble the most?

And what gear do you use to acheive it?

Personally I'm goin for a SRV/Nuno kind of tone, a clean but dirty tone all at the same time. and I'm gettin fairly close with my Classic 30 and valve junior running in stereo.

I've started to move away from tons of distortion. It scares ppl.
Ibanez RG570
USA Strat
Epi Les Paul

Peavey Classic 30
Epi Valve Jnr
Laney LV200
Boss ME50
Daddy O
DC Solid Metal
GNX 3000
i have a heavy crunch with lots of middle and i use a randall G3 to get it

kinda like adam jones
Jackson RR3
ESP LTD MH-250NT (EMG 81-85)
Peavey Valveking 100 Head
Harley Benton Cabnet
Blackstar Distx Valve Distortion
Boss DD3
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
Ibanez Weeping Demon
Boss Noise-Gate
A Member Of The Jackson Players Group
A heavy, thick, rhythm tone.

For reference:
Growing on Me, Is it just me? - The Darkness
Trigger, Be My Baby, Sword of Glory - Motorhead
Ghost of Perdition - Opeth
Most songs off the "Butchering the Beatles" record

I haven't found mine yet, but I've gotten close
I have no idea how I sound or how my "perfect tone" is, I just EQ a bit and find a sound I like, often ends up with something like this:

Mid: 6-7

then ofcourse there is presence and such too but well well, dosn't matter since text cant tell you a sound^^
Schecter C1 Classic
Fender Vintage -57 Ri Stratocaster
Fender Blues JR w/ 12"Cannabis Rex
Mad Professor Sky Blue OD
Wampler Ego Compressor
TC Electronics Stereo Chorus/Flanger
Eq's rolled back quite a bit.

I always tried to go for something close to the rising force album tone.
my sound is mine. doesn't really sound like anyone else.

gain - 4
volume - 5-8
bass - 7
mid - 4
treble - 6
reveb - 5

gain -10
volume - 5-7
bass - 6
mid - 8
treble - 7
reverb - 3

gain - 6
volume - 5-7
bass - 6
mid - 6
treble - 6
reverb - 3

presence is adjusted depending on the venue I play
My Gear
-Gibson Les Paul Tribute (Bare Knuckle Nailbombs)
-Ibanez "lawsuit" Les Paul (Seymour Duncan Pegasus and Sentinent)
-Ibanez S470 (Dimarzio D-sonic and Humbucker from Hell)
-PRS SE Custom (Guitarforce Black Diamond and Lord of the Blues)

Marshall TSL100
EVH 5150III EL-34 50w
Marshall 1960a cab

Dunlop 535q wah
Boss Super Chorus
Bogner Uberschall
Ibanez DE7 Delay
Electro-Harmonix Power Booster
Fender PT100 Pedal Tuner

Ernie Ball Skinny Top/Heavy Bottom 10-52
Last edited by JLT73 at Jan 26, 2008,
I know what mine is kind of, but its hard to get. Its basically a british EL34 type sound on steroids. Probably need something like a Bogner Shiva or ENGL Invader to get it.

I really like it when it sounds heavy but you can still almost hear the clean note in the distortion, the Laney GH and VH series amps do this pretty well.
Schecter C1 Classic Left Handed
Line 6 POD HD500
Peavey Valveking 112
i float between a petrucci/romeo high gain, heavily saturated tone to something more like judas priest(defenders of the faith album)/van halen/iron maiden sorta sound

mind you im only working with poorly emulated RP150 versions of the above
when I hear the tone I want, it is the warmest, smoothest, fullest, rounded, stratty, the closest it sounds like of anyone else is David Gilmour from the On An Island album, like the lead tone on Castellorizon. So smooth yet infinite sustain, seemingly low gain, but it can squeal like a pig.

wow what a tone, I think Im gonna change my shorts now.
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you again

damn i could've done a much better response for ntchode 'Owner of UGs hugest penis'
I havn't found 'my' tone yet, and I don't know what it is because my tastes change so frequently.

I therefore have no idea what gear I need to achieve it.

New tracks on my profile! Please check them out and see what you think!
My sound is kind of my own... Its kind of the Derek and the Dominoes style Clapton and SRV mix.

I use my MIM Standard Strat into my Modded Dunlop Original Crybaby into my DS-1 (tone knob at about 10 - 11 o'clock, Dist. all the way down for a boosting OD kind of sound) into a GE-7 (only for Mid Boost) into my champ with the volume around 8 - 10

If yuou want to hear it check out my profile (just dont listen to the vocals )
My tones, using my equipment:

ODed Rhythm
Gain @ 2:00
Tone @ 2:00
Volume @ 7:00
NS-2 On, Threshold at Max, Decay at Min
TS9 Off

ODed Lead
Same as above, with TS9 On:
Drive @ 3:00
Tone @ 3:00
Level @ 12:00

Gain @ 7:00
Tone @ 12:00
Volume @ 12:00
NS-2 Off
TS9 On:
Drive @ 9:00
Tone @ 3:00
Level @ 3:00

The rhythm gives me a less-scooped Metallica-esque rhythm tone. The lead tone is bright and crunchy on the bridge pickup, but if I go for the neck pickup, it sounds almost bluesy. The clean is fairly warm, nothing too shimmery or anything.
Ibanez RGA121 | ESP LTD H-1000
Axe-FX Standard
Last edited by DrNick at Jan 26, 2008,
Thick heavy rhythm sound / Middy, classic british heavy metal lead sound

Nothing really that unique about my tone, just a good strong classic sound

Fender US Strat w/ Super Distortion in bridge > Modified Marshall JCM2000 DSL401

Only effect I use is delay at the moment and that's provided by a Boss DD-3

Settings are -

Gain - 6
Treble - 8.5
Mids - 8
Bass -7

Is really a typical Iron Maiden sound

Sometimes I use a Gallien Krueger 250ML amp for experimenting.
Not really, kind of similar to a Bluesbreakers era "Claptone" through my little home-made valve amp, but I might be getting a 60s/early70s Marshall Plexi from my uncle, which should help find tonal nirvana I would think
A Petrucci-ish tone, maybe a bit bassier and less saturated, more 'thicker' and my cleans are very Opeth-y ... but then again I have a Yamaha GA-10, a Yamaha ERG-121 and an Ibanez Smashbox so I don't have much to work with but I love it anyway.