clear, bold sound perfect for funk, while
switching on the middle pickup alone adds
more midrange edginess. The 305 bridge
pickup is rich, bright, and sparkly, and
whether combined with the middle pickup
or on its own, it has a kick, snap, and
twang that’s perfect for playing your favorite country licks or snarling rock.
When I threw a little amp overdrive into
the mix, the 305 became even more fiery
and alive—and it sustained with superb
clarity. Using the different pickup positions, I was able to get a fat, throaty blues
tone, a biting Hendrix-like overdrive, or
a bright, singing lead tone with the flick
of a switch. The 305 pickups have a wider
dynamic range than your average single-coils, so you have the punch and detail of
single-coils but with a fatter, warmer tone.
Chugging power chords were muscular
without being muddy, and even the notes
in a more complex chord like an A13 rang
The super-effective Tone knob gives the
305 a wealth of tones to the mix, too.
Whether I set the amp for clean or dirty
settings, I felt any pickup setting had several distinct voices that I could access by
moving the tone knob through its range.
And it was easy to transform aggressive