26 THE NOCTURNE BRAIN™ 2 weeks ago You never talked about what amp you are playing thru? What cabinet? Closed back or open back? Chris Cheney’s sound has that AC/DC Marshall thing going on. If you’re in Fender land I’m not sure you’re going to nail that tone? Give a listen to some hard rockin Gretsch playing bands of yore: The Cult, Throw Rag, and the huge guitar sound of Bow Wow Wow, all played Marshall amps. Billy Duffy of The Cult often mixes the sound from a JC120 and a full blown Marshall to get some sparkle and balls all in one sonic package. If you play in large enough venues this might be the ticket. I play in smaller clubs and crank a smaller Vox to get that tone. I know this can be controversial but in a personal conversation outside the Gretsch room at NAMM, I had a talk w Billy Duffy about ceramic pickups and overdrive pedals that are based on symmetrical clipping versus asymmetrical clipping and why he didnt get along w a tubescreamer<*symmetric clipping> but relied completely on his asymmetric clipping Boss OD-1(later the SD-1) and Roland JC120 for his sound w the gretsch, NOT the marshall.When I explained that Ibanez copied the earlier Boss OD-1 and that they had a patent on Asymmetric clipping at that time, Ibanez got around it by flippin the clipping diodes to Symmetric clipping... That squishy response made that green pedal quite famous, SRV took it into the stratosphere... BUT for those of us that play big hollowbodies, we prefer the more open sound response of Asymmetric clipping and the OD1/SD1. So he was like "aha" and was firm on the sound of balwin era pickups (ceramic) and that overdrive w the JC120 amp.. at least in that conversation that those 3 elements were the classic "The Cult" sound. True story.