I've been playing classic rock and funk covers and originals for about 5 years with my current band. I recently went back and listened to a bunch of rehearsal and gig recordings and discovered that what I thought was a nice amount of gain for some solos and parts is actually too much in most cases. It's easier to play smooth and fast with more gain - but it doesn't sound that good (to me): there's much less dynamics and it's sort of lost in the mix. I'm going to take it down a notch at my next gig this Friday and see how it feels and sounds. I'm not a high gain guy by any means - but was surprised at how even moderate gain doesn't sound as good as it feel or seems to sound at the time. This is over years with many different amps and pedals.