I have one of those little solid-state Marshall 5005 Lead 12s from the '80s. These are supposed to be nice little practice amps that can dial in a nice Marshall tone -- nice enough that Billy Gibbons supposedly has used them to record. I've always wondered if mine is normal: If I have both the volume and gain on 5 on the clean channel, I don't get any sound at all from the guitar until I turn the guitar past 5, as well. So basically, at least one of the three knobs (two on amp, one on guitar) that relate to tone have to be past 5 in order to get any sound. It's at least as stingy on the dirty channel. (This is not a switchable amp; clean and dirty are separate inputs.) Now, once I start to get sound, it comes on pretty fast, so dimed on the amp with volume is pretty loud and dimed on gain is, of course, volcanic. But is it weird for an amp not to surrender any sound at all until both gain and volume are at least at five? If it's not normal, is it also hampering tone in some way? P.S.: This is the same with every guitar I own.