Sometimes the timing of a thread can seem rather funny. As life would have it, I had to leave for practice tonight without my regular set of pedals because my pedal board was riding around in the Mrs car & she didn't get home in time before I left. I grabbed an old Korg multi pedal from the late 80's I has stashed away & headed off to make the best of practice night. As luck would also have it, it was the first night I got to run the newly refretted (in Stainless Steel) 81 Les Paul Standard with its original Shaw era humbuckers through my favorite JMP head (currently a 75 MK II 1987 Lead head with NOS tubeage into a 1936 2x12 cab). I had been using an attenuator so getting that amp in the right zone at the right volume was as easy as plugging in direct & adjusting its two channel volume knobs until things sounded like fvck'n heaven (Marshall geek info: bright side volume around 11 O'clock & bass side around 9. I never even had to touch any other knobs) This gave me a nice response & drive with some crunch when played hard that still maintained a spanky defined crispness. In fact the bridge pup was very AC/DC sounding while the neck sang with a 'Sweet Chil O Mine' legato & Paige tonal voicings jumped out using both pups with the neck volume rolled back half way for that nice gurgling vocalization. All that was left to do was setting that old Korg up as the new lead boost. This one had the Overdrive in it and worked real nice by backing the 'Drive' way back, maxing the 'Tone' (Bright and full as compared to bassier the other direction) and then setting the output so it lifted the solos up front. The LP was now a beast that came alive and sang with blooming harmonics that captivated my attention as well as my approval and motivated me to reach where my soul wanted to go. With those super slick frets with their perfect crowns the notes came faster and easier with every push. Before I new it I was absolutely flying up & down the neck & just rippin $#!T up without even feelin tired or gettin the usual hand crap that this type of extended and intense riffing usually brings. I could tell the other guys were diggin it & their looks were urging me on to keep doing what I was doing & even the other guitar player seemed content for the moment just to listen & not want to jump in for the usual 'battle for the lead' game we often play. Heck, when I got a "that guitar sounded real good tonight" comment from him it totally acknowledged the sense of being happy with my tone & playing I was already feeling tonight. It was a night of unexpected changes that yielded real happy returns. All without the usual set of pedals and guitar. I'm sure there is an old adage or moral to the story to be found in this recent real life tale. Anything but the tone is in the fingers bull$#!t will do. Maybe, don't worry, make music. ? . or, put down the cork & play the fvk'n guitar! Yeah, I'm diggin the last one! Here's to a good day at practice, fun playing guitar & having a good time making music with the band. Rock On fellas.