I currently use a 2008 white Gibson Melody Maker, with nickel Grover machine heads and a compensated Wilkinson bridge. I had the original nut replaced with a bone one mainly out of necessity. The single coil I have replaced with a neck pick up from a 2006 Gibson SG that I previously owned. The guitar now stays in tune and with a relatively high action is good for slide too.
I always use Ernie Ball 10’s to 46’s and 1mm Dunlop Tortex picks.
Apart from an Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Nano for reverb and a channel changer + digital tuner, I don’t bother with effects.
The current amp is a Marshall DSL 401 combo of which I only use the first two channels. The settings vary at the moment due to the venue/rehearsal space but generally less gain and more volume gives more tone! I tend to run the bass high and the treble lower than the bass but higher than the middle.
Ultimately I would like to learn to play loud but clean like another popular influence, Angus Young. There is something about a humbucker through a Marshall valve, but that’s hardly a revelation? Invariably I will turn out with an LPS or Deluxe and a bigger Marshall cause KISS used ‘em!
I am unable to read music. I use a four track recorder if I’m struggling to come up with parts just because you can loop progressions and run through your compendium of licks very quickly to discount them.
I have also found in the past that practicing lead on an acoustic improves the technique enormously.
Enough said for now really……things change?