The G Spot
The "tone" of a player's guitar sound is one of these things that keeps many of them awake at night. This may seem a little extreme, but remember that your tone is your "musical voice" to the world and is something that should be treated with the highest importance. If it isn't something that you have really given a great deal of consideration, or you have and you're still not getting the sound you want, here are a few tips you might want to try.
1. Make sure that your equipment is kept in good condition. Make sure that your leads, pots and input jack sockets aren't "crackling", that there are fresh batteries in your pedals and fresh strings on your guitar (I would advise changing strings every 2-4 weeks). Also ensure that the gauge of strings you use isn't too light, it can make you tone sound thin. All the blues guitarists I know never step below a 10-46 electric gauge as a rule.
2. If you are using an amplifier with a transistor power amp section (don't
confuse with pre-amp section), I urge you to save up/trade in for an all-valve
amplifier; the difference in tone is seriously that vast. As an example, if
I had to choose between going onstage with a Korean Tele Copy and a Fender
Twin (all-valve) or going onstage with a USA Fender Tele and a Fender transistor
amp, I'd always choose the former over the latter. Over the years I've heard
a few models of transistor amps that sound great (all of them manufactured
by Roland, worth a look if you can find them) but these are definitely the
exception, not the rule.
These are just a few tips and just the tip of the iceberg really. If you have any questions about improving tone, or anything mentioned in these columns, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.