Good choice SLO, Gary gave me some "alignment" that really helped. I was running buckers with my preamp gain too high........ Backed that off to around 4-5 and adjusted Tone to taste and it really smoothed out the OD....... .... plus getting a few hours on her didn't hurt either. You can jump the loop and I usually run around 12 o'clock. I believe the manual gives you some guidance on some of this stuff. I find that this amp loves lower output pickups...putting my EB Albert Lee through this thing always puts a smile on my face..... amazing articulate, crunchy tone you can taste.... Thats right!....You can taste it!