I started a couple of threads recently about how i found a couple of good deals on american strats. I went in to play one today, and after messing around with that and my les paul studio for about two hours, I decided against it because in the end i liked the fuller clean tone of the gibson better. So heres my question. Ive realized my recent unhappiness over my sound is all in my lead tone, not my clean tone. I am completely satisfied with my les paul through a compressor into my drri, and everytime i go looking for another guitar to get that clean sound in my head, i realize ive already got it... but then, as soon as i turn my tubescreamer (ts9/silver) on for leads, its a whole different guitar. it just sounds overly muffled. it gets pretty frustrating that i cant get the lead tone to match how good my clean tone is. so what do you think it is? stock pickups in the studio? the ts9? i dont think it has anything to do with the amp... for what its worth, i was getting a *somewhat* similar muffled tone even when i tried out the strat with this pedal today. Should I be looking at something else other than tubescreamers then?