What you should do is to try easing back on the distortion until you can
hear the initial attack of the strings. You'll often achieve this by easing the
guitar distortion back to around the 75% mark. Go play around with your effects
pedal and hear for yourself what a great difference this would make in your
The 2nd thing that many do is they try and pluck the strings as hard as
possible to make the chord sound heavier. There is a place for this, but if you
want to achieve that trashy crunch sound, try dragging the plectrum across the
strings rather than striking them.
You may also want to experiment with the angle of your plectrum, so rather
than having it at a perfect right angle to the strings, turn the plectrum so
that it is at an angle, so more length of the plectrum keeps in contact with the
strings which increases the crunch sound.
Lastly, the gauge of the strings will have a big effect on the sound.
Initially, the heavier the gauge you get, the heavier it will become, but if you
use a gauge that is too heavy, you will lose that distorted crunch sound, and
you will hear the sound of the string will come through too predominantly.
Of course, if the bottom end is too thin, then you will have trouble
keeping the strings in tune if you are detuning. Therefore, you may want to
experiment with string packs which give a mix of thicker bottom end strings, and
a lighter top end making it easier for solos.
The main point I want you to take from this article, is not to just turn
everything up to 10, and stick with one technique and string gauges, but in fact
you want to play around with different ideas and settings until you get a sound
you're truly happy with.
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