Basically the tone sounds like trash. I'm not using the best equipment. Blackstar HT5R combo with blackbird speaker, or whatever they call it. Senheiser E609 mic, Scarlett focusrite solo, garage band. The recordings have a really bright almost clipping-like quality. I'm not sure how to explain it. To me it sounds like the gain is too high on the amp or the focusrite but adjusting either or both does not do much except quieting down the recording too much. Or like I have a fuzz pedal running. The amp sounds much better in-person (to my ears). I tried everything, adjusting amp gain and volume, moving the mic further from the speaker, adjusting the gain on the focusrite, messing with the mastering eq on garageband. Nothing seems to improve the clipping/overdriven/fuzz quality. I'll do a clean run maybe sometime to see what it sounds like. Any ideas? See my unlisted sample below. Clearly the guitar is not the problem . But the playing might be Edit: I should clarify that my playing is very far off from the original but it seems like the recording problem is happening regardless of my playing. And the problem is primarily with gain.