and got more of the same warm overdriven
sound. It’s a great classic rock tone: punchy
with a strong attack. The midrange is very rich
and reminds me of a VOX tone, which has a
lot to do with the EL84 tubes used in the amp.
Playing around with the Volume knob on the
amp, you can find your sweet spot at different
locations of the sweep, depending on your
pickups. There is a point in which the actual volume stops increasing, while the tone becomes
thicker and more compressed. It seemed to be
different with every guitar, so it’s best to experiment a bit to find your favorite setting.
For a clean sound, I dialed the volume to about
8 o’clock on the amp, and set the other parameters to 12 o’clock. I flipped on the Bright switch
and put both humbuckers on, and the clean
tone was immediately well balanced and full. I
didn’t feel the need to adjust the parameters at
all. The bass frequencies were deep but not too
boomy, while the highs were glistening and bell-like. With both pickups on, it was a nice balance
of the entire tonal spectrum. I stayed with those
settings when I plugged in my Strat. The clean
tone was a little more chimey and sparkling, but
again I didn’t feel the need to adjust the EQ
knobs from their 12 o’clock positions. This clean
sound is great for playing soul and funk. Playing
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