First time posting, would like everyone's opinion on getting a crisper, "cutting" distortion tone on a les paul. I'm using a BOSS ME-50 and I can't say I really understand what I'm doing--I just mess around with it until I give up and settle for a less than satisfying tone... haha!
The distortion I usually end up with is what I would call "bulky" and heavy, anything but crisp. I'm wanting a distortion tone that's cutting and electric, almost with a lot of feedback but controlled--I'm not a beginner guitarist but I get a lot of ringing when distortion is turned up. Almost like as the progression (or whatever I'm playing) goes on, the sound gets too muddled and heavy and I have to totally stop to reset.
I don't feel like I'm explaining it as best as it could be explained, but maybe someone will understand what I'm saying. I'm going for a the Strokes or Phantom Planet type distortion--think "1st things 1st" by Phantom Planet. Can anyone explain how to get that sound, things to do/avoid with my gear, or things that I can improve in my playing to get that sound? Thanks in advance