I play most of the time in the middle pickup position with the tone knob between 3 and 6. I ride the volume knob as needed depending on the room at the moment. My amps are set to deliver more volume than I need, so max on the guitar might be around 8 when soloing, but that might be 30 seconds out of a three-minute song. The context of all of this would be performing about three hours of Americana (folk, country, blues, rock and roll, etc.) material in a three-piece unit without a drummer. My favorite tone is what the song needs. Fortunately, Telecasters are malleable.