Trying to get away from that ubiquitous OD808/TS808 sound.
I mean I'm trying to get away from the whole "TS-boosted SLO circuit valve amp" thing anyway (5150, Rectos etc), since it's a hangover from my "metuhl!" days, born of sheer lack of experimentation since that time, and I feel like the boost is a big part of that.
I'm going to be joining Mr S fairly soon on a "let's go crank some amps and try shit out" day up at his rehearsal space, and I want to get some suggestions.
I still want tight, focused, high gain hard rock, but I'm just trying to get something a little more... "even", shall we say. Full spectrum. Especially since I'm using L500XL's these days, which are very even EQ-wise, but with an extended and open high end. Tubescreamer type circuits in conjunction with that can result in an overly-metallic attack. I like that sound and response, but I don't want it to dominate the tone. Sure I can adjust the pedal/amp, but still, I'm just not interested in that surgically tight metal tone where the OD/TS takes out a lot of the body and bottom end, so am looking to explore something a little more full bodied and natural sounding.
I'm going to experiment with using an EQ as a boost a la Dimebag. Frowny face slammed straight into the front end (I'm also borrowing a solid state Randall to try out, so I should be right in that territory, even though I'll be attempting to use it in a not-quite-as-heavy context)
I'll also have a Marshall JVM410H, Sunn model T, Triple Rec, maybe some other stuff... I'll try boosted, unboosted, distortion pedals into clean channels, all that shit, just to see if I can get away from that comfort zone and hit on something equally as good, but acheived in a different way.
I just wanted to see what other people have used in this context, to get a tight high gain tone that isn't overly metallic, smooth distortion, even EQ, doesn't colour the amp a whole deal, just slams the front end and makes it more saturated.
EDIT: Am I just describing a clean boost? Isn't that literally what I need?