On a whim after posting the above i decided to remove the mod i did and ya know what, i was wrong. It sounds better w/o it even tho i need mo0re pedal boost without the mod. It just sounds so sweet and chimey stock when i roll my guitar down to 3-5. And on 10 the drive is more 70's classic rock cranked marshall kinda sound. So very uncompressed yet with sustain which may seem like an oxymoron but it's not. I really think like me a lot of people give up on them or walk away from a demo because they haven't figured out how to get what they want from them. Not that i gave up, but i was about to when thru a lot of experimenting things started to all in place and i started to "get it". I won't know just how right or wrong i am till i gig it in a few weeks, but knowing how things at home translate live, my guess is it is very likely to be one of the best live tones i have had. I have very high hopes. The day i got it and for a few days thereafter i wanted to return it. So glad i didn't.