Hi folks... I have an issue with some recently recorded guitar tracks. -The levels of each track are fine -I used my Marshall DSL50 head and a yamaha 4x12 cab -I miked it with a Shure SM57 -They were recorded direct into sonar, no outboard processing So, the good news is that the recorded tracks are in good condition, they haven't been manipulated. But, they sound dull and lifeless. There isn't much room ambiance because they were close-miked, but they don't have the brightness or presence I was hoping to achieve. I don't really want to re-record any of this if I don't have to... but I can if I am required to do so. I'd like to find a way to do it in post with plugs and EQ, because I have multiple tracks layed down in more than one song. The problem is, I want a nice thick tone that's not boomy, and has enough crunchy high end to punch correctly in my mix. I can't seem to get that without making it too shrill or ear-piercing. I've EQ'd a ton of guitar tracks before, but for some reason these sound strange and flat. Part of the problem is that when I recorded them I didn't realize that the tone was this dull. So, I used a Cakewalk SonitusFX PEQ and just rolled the highs up a little bit (from about 2k and up)... but all that gave me was a nasty "tunneled" sound in the 4-6k range. I used a narrow band in that range to drop those freq's, but then it sounds tunelled through the 2-3k range. (I describe it as a "tunneled sound" for lack of a better term. By "tunneled", I mean "canny" or "tunneled through a certain frequency range". It's really an *overprocessed* sound, that's my best guess. Someone please tell me if this makes any sense!!!) I can post a sample of the dry track tonight, maybe that would help. Anyone willing to give it a shot? I'm not looking for someone to mix my song... but maybe some advice on what I could do to improve the tone would be nice! Maybe an exciter? I tried running it through a dynamic distortion to break up the highs a little bit, but I ended up with a different type of distortion, same tunneled sound. No luck there! Anyone have any ideas? Also, could it be because I'm busing them together into a stereo bus and EQing them through the same PEQ? It still retains the stereo space, but maybe because they are EQ'd identically I'm getting this nasty sound?