So Im comfotable with setting up an amp for recording, mic placements and the variation that can provide. Im comfotable with my current mic's (a shure 57, a shure 57 beta, zoom H4 and occasionally a Rode NT1 for room ambience) and the limitations/opportunities they provide and I recognise the limitations/positives of my Roland VS2000 DAW. Where I feel Im running into some hurdles though is during mixing and mastering. Id be keen to hear what other people do once a guitar is recorded. Eventually I would like to purchase a good ribbon mic and an external pre-amp (the rolands in built ones are kind of digital sounding). I find doing stand alone amp clips the hardest. When Im working on a song its less of a problem because your aiming for the feel of an entire song and vocals are the issue but when doing amp demo's, heavier songs or recording tests I loose tone, depth and ambience every step of the way towards a final MP3 until it ends up sounding lifeless instead of a 'wall of sound'. How do people track and pan their guitars? How many tracks for each guitar and how to pan rythym and lead tones together? If using more than one mic do you pan them or keep them together? How do you use effects in the mix after recording and do people master their amp demo clips or just mix them down raw? Are people using compression or EQ when recording or afterwards? Do people add after effects like BBE sonic maximizer? With so many steps in the chain I often have EQ overload making it hard to assess how to improve the sound or what needs fixing. Would buying a better ribbon mic and pre-amp be most of the way forward or are there some golden rules I should be following when recording, mixing down and mastering to obtain fat chunky dynamic guitar sounds? Any help would be much appreciated. Ive been using 4 track tape machines and digital porta-studio's for some time now but Im finding doing amp clips really hard despite their apparent simplicity.