I'm hearing that you should have a crunchy distortion for rhythm playing and a creamer distortion for lead. In general, I'm usually more a clean player, but I'm trying to learn. I've been playing with my two main pedals, a Washburn Soloist and DigiTech Bad Monkey, at unity gain into my solid-state Frontman amp, and I'm finding it hard to distinguish between them.
By playing chords, I get harmonic clash and "crunch". By playing single-note licks and being careful to avoid double-stops or sloppy playing, I get sustaining "creamy" notes. I can't get "creamy" chords or intervals and, without a fuzz pedal, I don't seem to have "crunchy" single notes. (I know "Satisfaction" so I know it's possible.)
Are there settings to these? Or is it all how you play, not how you stomp?