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Is this amplifier still for sale?
I used to have 2 of them, one in candy apple red and the other in walnut with the reverse skunk stripe neck.
I still have the gold colored finger...
You may try a Peavey Cirrus or if you can find a Modulus Graphite, they made the 35" scale as well.
You also may have a capacitor issue with your tone pot, since this is sounding like a "frequency" roll off issue.
You mentioned not wanting a muddy sound, the Epiphone J.C. is an excellent choice, on a similar note would be a Gibson Midtown hollowbody. (2...