Get the Tone
Brett and Allan both prefer tones that aim to sound less like a conventional lead guitar and perhaps more like some sort of other-worldly tenor horn. To this end, a dark sound is required, with lots of deep overdrive or distortion but little in the way of top end or presence. It’s all about smoothness of execution and so steer clear of raspy‘pixellated’ distortion, instead opting for the smoothest drive you can find. Both Allan and Brett like their picked and legato notes to be of similar volume, so take this into consideration too. A humbucking bridge pickup is the way to go, and some nice reverb can also help to smooth out the playing. Allan didn’t mind whether his amps were valve or transistor, as long as the tone was right. Use the above settings as your sonic starting guide.