Have you ever thought "Hey, what the hell..." and plugged into some amp that is not known for being a cool guitar amp and been surprised by how good it sounded? And when you started enthusing about it, people looked at you funny? Well, here goes: I have tried my one-humbucker Squier strat-shaped thing into my old Peavey TKO 115S bass amp before and thought it was kind of cool, but recently I've been trying it out in earnest and am just floored by how perfect it sounds for what I do. It's the first time in a long time I've not been tempted to plug in a compressor pedal with it (for, like, the last twentysomething years, my go-to has been a loud cleanish amp fed by a compressor applying gentle compression and signal boost). I think there are a couple of realizations I've made that are the reasons I'm so happy with it at this point: 1) The preamp itself stays fairly clean and punchy sounding, and it feeds a power stage and speaker that feels kind of pillowy and compressed when you crank it up. I think this is a combination of the behavior of a pushed 15" Scorpion and the amp's built-in DDT limiter circuit. And maybe the power supply rails not quite keeping up. Whatever...it approximates the bounciness of a tube power stage in feel, while preserving a pretty clean, clear tone that can snarl without losing definition. 2) I've figured out how to use the EQ, and how the sound I like translates into frequency response. With a seven-band graphic EQ, flanked by active hi and lo shelving EQs, it's not much like looking at a Fender or Marshall control panel. But with time, and an interest in playing bass and understanding EQ from that perspective, I figured out where I want to hear dips and peaks and I've ended up with a pleasing sound that doesn't require radical EQ moves even though the amp has the wrong instrument plugged into it. 3) Once I got over the notion of "bass amps are clean," and started cranking the gain and exploring those sounds, I realized that the amp comes alive--with guitar, bass or lap steel--when you get that gain up around 7. It doesn't sound real distorted, just kind of snarly clean with some extra overtones coming in, but with the compressed-feeling output stage the overall effect is right up my alley. I need to record something with this thing. Anyone else got a tale like this? I've loved hearing about this kind of experimentation ever since reading about the weird Lab Series L5-based rig Ty Tabor used on the early Kings X albums.