Originally Posted by adamcbest
Right now i'm using a boss gt6 and a Marshall JCM2000 TSL. Personally i think the marshall amp distortion sucks. It's to vintagy for me.
Ok, I'm playing a 7620 into a TSL head, and I had the same problem at first, and was also looking for a Petrucci, g3-era sort of tone. Here's the settings I came up with, for a lead sound:
Tone Shift: off (I don't know if the DSL heads have this- it's a mid schoop control that sounds like **** whne you enguage it)
VPR (variable power reduction, simulates 25 watt mode): 0n
You gotta have pretty solid finger control to get this to work, which I don't have yet (I'm a bit sloppy), but this sound KILLS with my 7620, particularly on the neck pickup (the bridge is still a touch bright to my ears, but maybe that's good). It's got a similar "feel" to JP's G3 tone, but a slightly different shade: a little warmer, not quite as dark. It's taking me a little while to get used to the lower gain, as i'm a fairly sloppy guitarist, but it's coming. This is a fairly loud setting, of course, and the power amp grind is definately part of the tone... but with the volume most of the way down it still works pretty well, it's just not quite as smooth.
I'm suprised you consider the DSL/TSL series as "too vintage"- the Lead mode, especially, on my TSL is a VERY modern sounding distortion, with a thick low end, and a slightly scooped, darker sounding lower midrange.