So we had a show at the Bitter End and lately I've been using a Mark V head on a Mesa 4x12. I just got a Vertical 2x12 because the 4x12 is just too much, I'm going to hurt myself dragging that monster around. Anyway, typical nightmare scenario in the City. Found parking 3 blocks from the club but only brought my 2 guitars and pedalboard as to scope the place out. It was packed, there was a small band room in the back that was PACKED. There were bands going on before and after us and there was nowhere to put anything. A rude barmaid came in and yelled at me for blocking the ice machine. The stage had a backline of Fender combo amps and I'm starting to panic. Do I use my head on a combo and use the combo as a cabinet? It's pouring out and dragging a Mesa head and a 70lbs 2x12 wasn't sounding like a good option. So fast forward to me freaking out, not knowing what I was going to do. We're a modern rock band and I use a crisp clean with chorus out front and delay in my loop and I rely heavily on the Mesa footswitch. What was I going to do with a clean sounding Fender combo that I didn't know what model it was or if it had an effects loop. Time to hit the stage and I say ok, let's try to make something to happen with the Fender. I rewire my pedalboard as I'm setting up just taking the delay out of an FX loop chain and using it straight in. For gain, I used an MXR OD classic and set the gain all the way up and left the level halfway. And I couldn't believe how well it worked out. I was getting just enough gain from the combo with my pedal for solid hard rock rhythm tones. The amp itself sounded great for clean, it was a real solid ballsy sounding amp. I really appreciated the simplicity of it all. Overall, nobody in my band would have known the difference and the show went well. Fender combo....who would have thought!