until now i've always used the neck HR clean for gentle stuff or funky chords, but its a lead pickup! im using a DSL 401, and rarely get the chance to fully open the power tubes out...
basically, when i try the hotrails i get a really nondescript tone - i have gain on like 3 or 4, with the dirty channel volume on 8 or 9 to give it more edge.. i always have a lot of mids around as well
when you guys go for the maiden tone or the like, what steps do you take? like, amp settings etc..
remember the amp is running at low volume, that might be the problem