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my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-05 18:35:47.7810

Here's my best patches so far.  They are mostly metal, but there are other tones in there.  If the guitarist's name is the patch title, it is most likely a lead tone.  If it's the band name, it's probably the rhythm tone, but not always.

The first batch of directly attached patches is a clean BF Twin Reverb, 3 Recto rhythm, and one ENGL lead patch.  These are just custom patches I made, not emulations of other guitarists.

I'll try to record more clips of each soon - here's some initial ones:

Finally, I am using a EBMM John Pettrucci (1st model) guitar with its stock pickups (I've heard the bridge humbucker is comparable to a Steve's Special).  If the patches sound off, you may have to tweak some EQ before the amp to get closer to the tones I'm getting.  I think my settings should work for most guitars though.  And I'm monitoring through Sennheiser HD 280 pro headphones.

Customtone links:

BF Twin        


Recto 2         

Recto 3         

Modern Lead 


Eric Johnson 


Randy Rhodes

Metallica Lightning

Metallica Justice

Metallica Black

Metallica Load


Van Halen (not van)

Joe Satriani   

Steve Vai Uber

Steve Vai Fball

John Petrucci (Lead)

Dream Theater


Killswitch Engage

Scar Symmetry

Lamb of God  

Re: my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-05 18:37:55.5540

Older rock and SRV...generally my lighter patches.

SRV and Eric Johnson sound better with single coils - if you use humbuckers, turn down your tone knob, or mod the patch.

Re: my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-05 18:39:01.5310


Re: my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-05 18:39:52.4840

Lead patches

Re: my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-05 18:41:29.0080

Dream Theater...Need to work on a Images & Words tone.

Re: my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-05 18:43:28.6120


Re: my best patches so far
by johnnyayyy on 2011-04-05 19:44:37.8870

Nice! Thanks, will check these out tonight!

Re: my best patches so far
by stumpsout on 2011-04-05 20:52:53.4410

hey man

thanks a lot for sharing these

nice job on them!

Re: my best patches so far
by Caxito on 2011-04-05 21:15:39.2190


Which of these patches has a lead sound for jazz rock fusion, as Scott Hederson and other fusions with precise notes with a creamy drive and gain far?


Re: my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-05 21:23:10.4810

I would try the SRV patch - you will need to add more gain on the tube screamer for his more distorted lead sounds.  Also maybe back off the treble on the amp and push the drive a bit harder.  Seems like you will need single coils as well.

Re: my best patches so far
by desso on 2011-04-06 01:27:15.9950

Thanks for the hard work and the willingness to share!  I'm most interested in any of your "custom" ones not related to famous bands/guitarists the most.

Thanks again.

Re: my best patches so far
by StudioTM on 2011-04-06 05:06:14.9120

Thanks for sharing!!!!

I will try them out later on.

Is it possible for you to save them all as a setlist or a bundle-file and attach it in this thread?



Re: my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-06 07:11:44.4800

Here's the setlist I use.  It has all the posted tones, plus some others I'm still working on.

I hope everyone realizes these patches are designed for direct recording in Studio/Direct output mode.  If you're going to an amp, be sure to set your output mode accordingly - I would also change all the cabs to "no cab".

Re: my best patches so far
by StudioTM on 2011-04-06 13:01:56.4340

Thank you so much!!!

I will try them out both with headset & with my new DT-50 212



Re: my best patches so far
by realstreetuk on 2011-04-06 13:22:01.2640

Hi could you please tell me how you upload custom tones? as it says my tone is uploaded but when i search for it i can't seem to find it?


Re: my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-06 13:47:19.6580

it takes a bit to index your uploaded tones, so if you JUST uploaded, it won't show up in search results.  You can see and edit your tones by going to the customtone home page and looking on the right hand side of the page for a red box that says "My Tones".  At the bottom of the box is a link that says "See all my tones".  Click that to see all your tones.

If you can't see the box, I would guess you're not logged in - there should be a sign in link at the very top of the page.

Re: my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-06 14:30:43.3940

looking forward to criticism, negative and positive, so far i've gotten none...which makes me think people aren't digging the tones.  i welcome brutally honest feedback, so there's no reason to hold your tongue.

also, please rate the tones on customtone and be sure to mention what the rest of your rig is - these will probably sound better in some scenarios than others.

Re: my best patches so far
by FrozenOzone on 2011-04-06 14:41:00.1980

Thanks for the patches meambobbo I will check them out tonight.

Re: my best patches so far
by Texxxxx on 2011-04-06 18:05:35.5540

Thanks, meambobo...

I appreciate your sharing all these tones.  I find it interesting how different things work for different people.

To refresh your memory, my rig: HD500>Mesa 50/50/>DT50 412.

No matter how many times I compare...and I have really done it a hundred times, I bet....I always come back to studio/direct and using cabs.  I realize the cab simulations are different for studio/direct compared to the other options, but, like I said, I always come back to this because it sounds best to me on my gear.  I also use pres *mostly* on the high gain and fulls *mostly* on the cleans.

I didn't take the time yet to try all your tones with the different outputs and cab/no cab, but many of them sound real good right  Others I will need to futz around with a bit to work with my rig.

Good stuff, man...thanks! 

Re: my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-06 19:53:22.3580

some clips are up - Metallica and Killswitch.  Be forewarned - sloppy playing:

Re: my best patches so far
by jeffwatt on 2011-04-12 21:15:31.1040

Hey meambobbo, just wanted to thank you for making these patches available. I'm finding many of them truly inspiring! Great definition and focus; truly showcasing what the HD500 is capable of. My current faves include Steve Vai Uber, Van Halen, and Killswitch (7A)... makes me realize what I could achieve if I spent more than 2 minutes dialling in a tone...

Re: my best patches so far
by meambobbo on 2011-04-12 21:42:59.8170

Glad to hear you are enjoying them.  I'm actually pretty happy with the patches you mentioned, and some of the Metallica ones.  I've tweaked a few.  I've started making "pre" versions for some of the high gain tones.

If you've got any good updates, be sure to post them.  I know there's a lot of room for improvement.  I spent a while trying to get the Randy Rhodes tone, which I could never get right.  Much hair pulled.  Many patches tweaked for hours then scrapped.

I'm going to start trying to make more organized setlists to start, then dialing in each tone individually.  There are lots of good tones on customtone as well.  one thread has all of them as a bundle!!!

Re: my best patches so far
by kwcroofing on 2012-11-25 18:20:57.7670

how do i get these patches to work with hd pro, i am getting great clean sounds with the hd pro but never have found great distorted tones 99 percent of the ones on customtone dont sound rite, i am running a matrix gt800 into hd pro and out to 2-hughes kettner 4x12 cabs, thanks for your help

Re: my best patches so far
by johanneszab on 2012-11-26 00:44:30.4960

For files for the HD Pro (presets, bundles, setlists), you can mostly simple rename the file extension. If you should find one that does nor work, you can try out my tool:">">

Here is the setlist from meambobbo ( Post above ) for the HD Pro:">"> (Somehow i cannot attach POD HD files here like meambobbo did, so external storage.)

Re: my best patches so far
by stevem48048 on 2012-11-27 16:57:00.2340

Hey bud, You know i love the tones you create ... I have the bean so i have to mess with them some,

But i always get something gr8 out of your tones... As always bro - Excellent job from Me...

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