I wasn't sure, where to place this topic, since it has to do with possibly everything (playing technique, pick, pedal, amp, guitar, etc.) When I play fingerpickin' / fingerstyle with amplifier - especially with serious volume - I feel almost always, that the bass response (bass line) is too loud and my melody is not loud enough. The balance is not right ! my axes are vintage - 6120dc - Double Anni - Rally with vintage Dynasonics loaded - sometimes a Telly - Jag Amp usually a brownface fender. When I listen to Doyle Dykes playin' a Gretsch and a Fender amp, it just sounds awesome and great bealanced. So I know, there are many variables, which influence that. So my question is - who had or has the same prob and how do you guys solve it ? I list some ideas... - Amp (brownface Fender has a lot of bass - might be too much - maybe better to use blackie instead !?) - guitar and pickups (filters vs. Hilos vs. Dearmonds - I think the Hilos are the least bassy / boomy ones and I get along better !?) - Pickup height (bass strings-magnets lower than the high strings magnets !?) - picks - after recommandation here I tried the Fred Kelly speed picks and they help to get more defined / highs in the bass line - Can a compressor help ? (is that, what some guy use it for ?) - playin- technique. Train your thumbs sensitivity !? - any other ideas !? - volume of the amp (I think, the louder I play, the more I feel this prob) - more !? Advice is highly appreciated from all the experienced fingerpickers.