I tend to play clean as well. The MB45's master volume and gain controls can be set to provide a wide range of cleans to decent crunch. Extreme distortion levels were not obtained by this player, however.I did some testing by putting both my Joyo AC Tone and AS (separately) with a separate reverb pedal directly in front of the MB45. I was surprised at how good it sounded (when dialed in well) and how quiet it was. I tend toward clean tones, so that might not work for anyone else..