James Wallace, exeter Guitarist reader:
I’m a real fan of many of the early-90s shred-era legends such as Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai. I’d like to get that really searing but studio-quality high-gain sound that players like Vai got on Passion And Warfare or Satriani got on The Extremist, plus some of the modulated clean sounds they made great use of. However, I’m a gigging guitarist and would like to do this with a fairly portable combo or small stack and a smallish pedalboard. How would you approach this and what pedals would you go for? I’ve got a decent budget, and I just want to get the most compact, potent rig I can to capture those incredible sounds.