my tone has been getting better, and obviously kurt's sound is the big influence (i have the ny-ss) - but with every guitar i've had, whether semihollow or hollow, i haven't been able to get that warm down without turning down my tone knob (neck pickup) very low - to 2 or 3, at which point it begins to get too dark and muddy. any higher and it's very bright, twangy. closer to a grant green sound, which isn't really what i'm going for. i've tried through a variety of amps, including my polytone IV, cube 30, an acoustic image combo (i think this has the best sound that i've tried), and a rebuilt (i think) fender deluxe reverb.
anyone else have this experience? does anybody know how the modern guys who get really nice, warm sounds (kurt, ben monder, mike moreno, etc) have their tone knobs set? do they have them very low or are there actually guitars with warm neck pickups with tone full-on?