Long story short,

my improv sucks. And all my "solos" sound like me going up and down the same pentatonic major/minor or blues scale bending certain notes along the way.

How do I make the next step?

Say for example the current chord in the rhythm of a song is G (major or minor). What would be a creative way to solo over that part?
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I'm in the exact same situation. I need the same help.
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That's an increadably useful video. Aside from just keep practicing, try creating your own licks and applying them to your improvisations. Also, learn licks by other guitarists, but add your own phrasing and dynamics to them.
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Re-re-repost, cause pentatonics are still great.:

I think you should take it back a step. If I said you were playing major/minor scales (instead of pentatonics) would I be right? Well take a step back and start playing the simple pentatonic scales.

Once you've learnt a few shapes (2 or 3 is fine) of the pentatonic scale, you probably should try to focus on what you feel is the right next note and play REALLY slow. Try to listen to some of those slow expressive blues solo's to get what I mean. Whilst doing this, try to become proficient at moving around the fretboard and between shapes. Aim to be able to slide between 3 or 4 notes on the same string.
Copying a singers phrasing and rhthym is generally a good idea to when learning how to improvise. And I dont mean metal singers/screamers, who sing really fast. Copy something slow. This is how people started writing those slow blues solo's.

Doing this will get your phrasing (by copying those singers) and your technique (by moving between shapes) ready for doing some real solo's (as in, stuff that sounds good).

Than after you've got all that down and when you're good enough to say that you personally enjoy what you're playing (it took me a couple of years to enjoy my pentatonic wankery), you'll be ready to move on. Than study the major scale, the intervals behind it, the way these intervals create harmonic/melodic consonance and dissonance and watch melodic control by marty friedman. Pretty much look for and study as much theory as you can eat. And analyse solo's, ask yourself, why do they sound good?
At this stage you should start realising that the same note can sound better or worse over different chords and some notes sound better or worse when followed (or preceeded) by some notes. Exploiting this will enable you to control what you're solo's are going to feel like, instead of blindly looking for the right note.
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Thanks for all the great advice! That video is awesome too. I'm downloading a higher quality version of it on bittorrent.

As for the scales, I truly am playing the pentatonic, the major is very difficult for me now, but I'm trying to learn that now too (thanks to the video).

I think my biggest problem was is chord progressions. I never was thinking about progressing chords in my head while i was playing until now. Plus, I didn't think of how I'd walk from a chord to another. I feel like I'm at least on track now
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Taylor Big Baby
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Okko Dominator, Big muff pi, cs3, dd3, ch1, ts9, ad9, classic wah