I thought buying a bunch of gear would help me in my quest to recording great guitars, but I guess I was wrong... or maybe I need more gear? I've got a GAP Pre-73, SM57, Mesa Mark IV, 6505+, Mesa Recto 4x12 with v30s, various mid to high end guitars with EMG's, SD's, or Dimarzio's, Maxon OD808, and RME Babyface for converters. I've spent a larger fraction of my life than I wanted to trying to learn to capture good tone, tweaking, tweaking more, comparing to reference material, over, and over, and over again. I'm getting tired of recording shitty tones, moving the mic, then recording more shit tones. And by that time my ears are fatigued and I don't know up from down anymore. My room acoustics must really suck, or maybe I just don't know what I'm doing anymore and it's not as bad as I think. Take a listen, what am I missing? http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3331450/KSE 6505+ Recto412 sm57 2.mp3 This is one of the better tones I've recorded, but still missing something. Everything I record is either too bright or too distant, too muddy or too thin, but always pretty mediocre sounding at best. I can't ever seem to get a really "clean" sounding distorted tone... it all sounds really dirty to me. I'm looking for modern, smooth, clean, round rock/metal guitar tone. Do I need a new amp? Obviously experience is the key, but I don't feel like I've been improving at all for quite some time now.