Get the tone
As we’re dealing mainly with conceptual ideas here, you can use pretty much any guitar, even an acoustic, for the majority of the examples presented here. I used a Gibson ES-335 throughout in Guitar Rig 5. As we’re dealing with predominantly single-note line based ideas you can add overdrive if you wish à la Allan Holdsworth or Bryan Baker, or go for the clean route, just like Pat Metheny or Pat Martino. The one thing that we always want to keep clean however is articulation, so ensure all notes ring true and that you keep all idle open strings at bay with adequate muting.