My tips are: 1. Shorten your dynamic range. Use compression, and keep your clean and overdrive/lead sounds as close as possible in volume. This keeps the sound tech happy as he doesn't have to ride the faders constantly. Techs don't like having to be always watching you, knowing that at some point you will step on that boost pedal, add 10 dB of boost and send his desk into clipping. Which is why you should use compression. If you don't, he probably will. I find a decent compressor in the effects loop works well to provide consistancy without squashing the life out of the tone.(for me anyway) 2. Shorten your frequency range. The electric guitar has a lovely wide frequency range, which is great but also terrible. Because the electric guitar is not a solo instrument - 80% of the time it is found in the company of vocals, drums, and bass. In a band situation, you can split the sound into 3 parts. Low End - Kick, Floor Tom, Bass Mids - Snare, Rack Toms, Your Guitar, Other Guitars, Keyboards, lower parts of Tenor and Alto voices, Ride Cymbal, high Bass notes. High End - Cymbals, 'Crack' of Snare, highest notes from Tenor and Alto voices, all of Soprano voices and all of the clarity and defintion of any singer. The electric guitar has occasionally forays in to the High and Low Ends, but usually it is mainly a middy instrument. And take a look at the mid range. There is a lot of sounds in that list, and they are all fighting for the same space. If you take up too much space, you will be turned down, or off. Two good ways to do this are: A - use less distortion and B - turn down the bass and treble some. If a you are in a band with another guitar player, don't use a similar sounding guitar. 3. Get on with the sound guy. Every single gig, introduce yourself. Buy him a beer/coffee/coke. Have a short chat, if you have time. During soundcheck, do what he says and don't play while other band members are soundchecking. This will make the sound man your friend. He will then do his best to make you sound fantastic. He will listen when you say, 'hey I play a guitar solo during the third song, can you crank me up then?' or ' hey dude i'm having trouble hearing my guitar amp, can I turn up a bit?' After the gig, thank him, tell him it was great working with him, and buy him another beer/coffee/coke. You will later find out from the audience that you sounded great, and the club will hire you to play again. Hope this helps someone!