hey guys usually I am over in the amps forum, but after today I am rather curious as to if I have been neglecting the other end, the guitars. I have an ibanez artcore, that I love. I have been playing through fender blackface reissue amps and have used pedals with my twin reverb, and princeton reverb for drive sounds. as far as I can recall I never had a problem with getting a useable sound. I had been looking at getting a british amp, but today got play extensively on a friends new dsl 50. Everything would be great! had it not been for my telecaster and strat. I figured single coils were maybe not for me, (I think clean is great, but struggling with drive tones) I think these two guitars have led me to think that the pedals or the amps were the problem. I have been told many times great guitar playing can shine through different rigs, and honestly playing the marshall was great, but it didn't change the fact that these particular guitars are possibly my issue. The tele, is an american standard bought a year or so ago, I honestly think that over my 3 times of taking it to samash to get setup, that they have not done it correctly, the guitar while completely playable, seems to have this buzz harsh sound, almost like the strings are too close to the pickups. My strat, is my first guitar, a mexi one, that hasn't be setup for ages, and growing up used to think sounded good, it sounds alright through my roland cube, but drive is still a challenge especially through my fender with drive pedals. I can't tell you have many drive pedals I sold, only now to realize that I sold them for not working well with my single coil guitars, but being great with my artcore. the other day I played a american strat through a tiny terror, and getting a drive sound was effortless. needless to say, I am little confused.