Originally Posted by Two hands31
Mike Einziger of Incubus never has his gain at full, and actually many other players do the same.
Well, there's a world of difference between "not having your gain at full" and having your lead gain at less than what you've been using for rhythm playing, though. I mean, I haven't maxed out my gain for anything other than a special effect in, god, like 5 years (aside from the initial "gee, let's see what this thing can do maxed out" thing we ALL do
), but I had this thing set seriously LOW.
I haven't gotten a chance to plug in and experiment at bedroom levels with the thing (the stack's physically reassembled in my living room, but i haven't hooked everything together yet and I haven't had any time to play), but I'm curious to hear what this sounds like at sane levels, and if it was just some really sweet power-amp grind carrying me through (although, the poweramp's pretty clean on VPR mode, and with my strat, i can't generate any substantial crunch from that clean channel until i turn off VPR and unleash the full 120 watts (EL-34's replaced with E-34's, running at closer to 30 watts a tube). so who knows...
Actually, side note- a guy with GREAT tone who does a lot of mildly distorted stuff is Neil Zaza- his "Staring at the Sun" CD has some incredible guitar tones on it. Great disc, too.
Side note off- Have i just been over-distorting for all these years? I haven't been maxing the TSL out by any means- usually less than 3 o'clock...