Hi guys, I am trying to find a "visual" way of knowing what a good high gain guitar is, in a qualitative way. It might be a completely stupid, but bare with me one second. You see, I keep reading everywhere that you must have a lot of mids in your tone, to make it sound good and alive in the mix. First problem I face, as a noob, is that some amps are stronger than others, I think, on the "mid" range. For instance, mids at 10 o'clock on a Dual Rec might be a lot more mids than 12 o'clock on an ENGL. So I can't really rely on "where should I put the mid knob". And then there is a question of how it sounds "not in a mix". I realized that I have never heard a good "recording" tone on one single guitar. I mean, I do like the tone on the album Godless Endeavor from Nevermore, but have no idea how a single guitar sounds like on it. For example, I feel that more than 9 o'clock on the Dual Rec starts to sound not so nice, at least in my opinion. Too crunchy, not enough of heavy "chugs". However, from what I read here from Dual Rec users, everybody seems to go from 10 o'clock to 12 o'clock in their mix. So here I am on a quest to characterize qualitatively a good modern high gain tone. What do you guys think? Stupid idea or ? Keep in mind that I am not a sound engineer... I am actually a "mechanical engineer"! So there are surely some things I miss that would perhaps make this idea unrealistic.