Sorry if this is the wrong place for this. It seems there are other threads of this type here, so... I am working with a modified Yamaha Pacifica (new compliment of passive pickups and heavy gauge strings) played through a VOX VT40+ practice amplifier: 40 watts 8 inch speaker Amp modelling as well as the traditional Vox AC30 sound (or so they claim - sounds good, whatever...) I've started with the preset amp model based on Dimebag Darrell's setup for Vulgar Display of Power. I'm not dumb enough to believe that's what I've got, but it is a place to start. I've turned the distortion down to the 2:30 - 3:00 position and instead cranked the master volume to juice the tube on the back end (one small tube on the power amp section of this amp.) Bass - 2-3 (out of 10) Mids - about 4 Treble - around 8 Gain - 6-7 (just enough to get the growl I want), still maybe too much? (Expired Link Removed) I have it miked in the "traditional" slap a mic in front of the cone style, and am using a Sennheisser 421 positioned about 7-8 cm off-center. What do you think of that in terms of sitting in a future mix with bass and vocals? In my opinion it is a bit thin still, and I could probably add some mids. I don't want to do that, though, until I have a scratch bass and maybe a scratch vox track to compare it with. I want to keep the guitar in a narrow range and then expand it to improve the sound when I have my songs written and am recording for real (this is a scratch track for writing and editing my tune.) What I'm shooting for is to minimize the post-production, especially EQ I will have to do, and to make my mixing job easier. I do not have a proper mixing environment nor do I have actual monitors where I am mixing. That said the more time I can spend getting the right sounds up front the less mixing I will have to do and hopefully the better this will sound at the end. I might even rent out an actual studio to do the mixing since that would be less expensive than designing/building my own. I appreciate the input!