My band is in the midst of recording a high-quality demo CD. I sing and play mostly rhythm guitar, but I have a solo section (8 bars) in one of the songs. When recording, I didn't have a set thing to play, I mainly just have a skeleton of how the solo should progress and I improvised in the studio. Anyway, I'm listening back to the rough mix, and I find it amazing how much I prefer the simple bluesy rock solo I improvised in the studio as compared to our lead guitarist who tries all this sweeping/tapping/sweep-tap-slide shred trickery and it just sounds sloppy and our of place. So I think the moral of this rather pointless post is... SOLID TONE AND PHRASING > SPEED AND BAG O' TRICKS.