I am pretty pleased with the sounds I get for pretty much everything I do with a guitar, except for some very, super heavy sounds that are very difficult to achieve if you don’t have the proper hardware amps for it. Well, at least me, I have never achieved a really good heavy sound that would please me totally through virtual means. They are ok true, very usable, but not perfect.
My sound with guitar leads are built in the following order:
First in the chain, a Joemeek hardware preamp which I really like, it is a very good starting point for punch, body and clarity.
Second, I get into Pulsar and plug it into Adern Mojo, really great sounding stuff!
Third step, I get into one of the many VA VST plugins, which by now are quite a few in my DAW, they all have their own meaning and moment to be used, depending on the material to be recorded, some are old 32 bit and some are pretty recent 64 bit stuff. Some of them are better for crunchy sounds, some are softer than others, others are very rocky biased sounding, etc., and it all depends on what you need. It is nice to mention there are quite a few very good ones that are free and sound as good as any of the best in the market.
Fourth, I would mix the very same take, one track being slightly processed panned to the center in a mono track, along with a heavily processed one, so I make it sound like one track, no two tracks, unless you want sort of a chorus like effect onto it. Working like this the possibilities are endless in terms of sound sculpting and I am very happy, very pleased of what I can do with my modest, small studio.
Finally, I would add one of the extraordinary compressors I have today, then almost always I will go with a little bit of delay, very carefully measured for the occasion, and, of course, a slice of reverb to finish a delicious sounding sandwich.
This is almost always the same for me when recording leads in a guitar, regardless of the kind of music I have to record.
If I need a second guitar for chords or a clean guitar, or a blussy one, I get the line directly from Joemeek and then pass it through Celmo’s GAM or BAM, (both are very good for guitar), and then I process it as needed with VST plugins.
*MUSIC* The most Powerful Language in the world! *INDEED*