Hey there. I'm new to this board. Been stalking/roaming around as a reader for a while. My band has two guitarists. One has zero issues and does everything flawlessly. The other has serious trouble with many aspects. One main thing that he doesn't get is tone. At first we thought this was an issue with his guitar, as his guitar also didn't keep its tuning well (he was using a Mexican Fender Strat for sometime). So he bought a really pricey PRS strat. And nothing really changed. It sounded clearer, louder, brighter, but still huge issues with tone and note dynamics. So he bought a new amp, and this just added way more issues to the mix as he doesn't understand amp settings very well (even now a year on he struggles, but thats a different topic). Last practise we had he played an acoustic because he didn't have his PRS with him. And weirdly it sounded far far better (consider we're not a clean rock band). The key difference being consistency in dynamics and allowing strings to ring nicely. Its my understanding that he learnt on an acoustic, and its my assumption that hes picking his electric guitar harder because he is used to picking harder that with his acoustic guitar. With this in mind: is there anything that he can do to play 'smoother' and more consistently on an electric? Do you think encouraging him to get heavier strings would be a good idea? Are there better choices instruments/pickups than a strat (single coils) if he is picking too harshly? We've been together for around 3 years-ish and we've told him so many times to play softly and while its gotten mildly better its still far away from sounding right.