David Samuel's Guitar Setup and tone
I play two guitar set ups that gives me 2 distinct guitar tones. One that is set up like Stevie Ray Vaughan and all other texas blues greats using a Fender Twin as the main amp with a strat. The Los Lonely Boy use this same set up for their hit song Heaven as well as Kenny Wayne Shepherd on his blue on black hit. Jonny Lang uses a Fender Tele with a Fender Vibro King on his early albums in case you were interested in his guitar tone. Run this fender twin clean with a delay and you can get guitar tones from everything from U2, Pink Floyd, to Chris Isaac. Stevie ran a strat with a maple neck through the twin reverb clean as a whistle to get that tone on "Lenny". He would run a tube screamer to get his grit.
The other guitar set up that I use in my line up is set up to achieve tones from the late 60's era. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Santana and all other late 60's rock greats would get their huge sound from a 59 Plexi Marshall Super Lead. This amp was designed for festivals in that era because the P.A. gear was not yet up to the level it is today. They could not get the sound to project out to the hundreds of thousands so they made big amps with a big sound. That was their P.A. 100 wats of pure raw guitar tone. Depending if you use a strat or a Les Paul with a humbucker pick up you can achieve tones from The Who, Santana, Red Hot Chili Peppers john frusciante rhcp, Joe Bonamassa, Van Halen, Doyle Bramhall ii, and one of my favorite tone dawgs Eric Johnson. Sometimes I run them both together like Eric Johnson and sometimes I run them individualy. If you use the Marshall Super lead run pretty clean with a fender strat plugged in you can get Jimi Hendrix tone on the song Castles Made of Sand or the Wind Cries Mary. Put a fuzz face in the chain and you get to experience purple haze and foxy lady.
When it comes to the guitars I like to play custom Fender Stratocasters and G&L. I prefer the neck on the strat over the Gibson Les Paul. And when you put a humbucker in the back you get that les pual sustain.
Pedals set up
I use these vintage pedals with monster cables linking them all together - Vox Wah, 2 Ibanez Tube Screamers, Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, Uni Vibe, Boss DD20 Delay, Roger Mayer Octavia. My amps I used on my cd's Fender Twins and a Marshall Plexi Super lead are both re-issued in the early 90's. On the DSP EP I used an SRV custom strat with the fender twin reverb. Pedals used on that CD were the Boss DD20 delay for that U2 sound and a Holy Grail Reverb pedal that gave it the Chris Isaac Vibe. The slite overdrive came from one tube screamer, sustain came from the second and the over the top insane came from all of the above plus the fuzz face. The Feels Real Good CD was with the Plexi and Tube Screamer for sustain.