I couldn't think of a good short title that captured what I want to ask. Basically though, I don't have an amp yet. I understand that Fender's, at least Fender valve amps, have a reputation for lots of headroom and a very nice clean sound. That's my understanding anyway. I know that Neil Young loves late 50's Fender Tweed Deluxe amps and has amassed a collection of several hundred. I absolutely love his distortion overdriven feedback killer sound, often associated with his work with Crazy Horse, and nicely represented by the last few minutes of his live versions of Rockin' in the Free World, which I linked to the other day in a different post. So I am surprised or curious or something as to how I should think about this (assuming that he is playing through a Fender here). To me it seems like a bit of a conundrum insofar as clean and distortion are like polar opposites. Do "clean" amps have a unique quality of distortion? If I like this sound and want to get in the ballpark, should I avoid an amp like a Marshall that I think of as more as a hard-rock low-headroom amp? Is the sound represented on the above track more of a foot pedal influenced sound that doesn't really have that much to do with the amp? Is this the kind of sound you can only get with lots of volume and tubes or can it be approximated at low volumes with a modeling amp? I'm guessing that feedback is more of a volume thing that therefore can't be emulated at low volumes with a modeling amp or even with a cranked tube amp with an attenuator to bring it down to bedroom volumes. Thanks for any input.