Sorry for the seemingly self serving thread bump, but I agree with that completely! I've now run all types of guitars at the Archon, and used all kinds of gain levels. One that that continues to blow me away, is how great it is with the gain at 9:00 and set up "JCM800-ish." Bright, punchy, dynamic, and using that for rhythm and the Barber GC or Fulldrive 3 for lead tones, it's just awesome! Or, set the gain at noon, or even 1:00 and roll back for rhythm tones.... This amp has an envelope around the notes. A chewiness, a touch sensitivity, that is just clearly "high end." Notes have this sweet dynamic quality even with high gain. It's addictive. With JCM800 gain, the rhythm punches like an M, but when you kick on the OD for solos, the tone is even better than an M. I did try the C22 Semi Hollow LTD tonight. I went for the M stuff and it was just awesome. Next time, I'll go for the smooth thing and see how that does. It killed tonight. The C22 Anniversary in the pic over there < has 57/08s and the coil tap on the tone control. The Archon clean channel sounded great with all the combinations of pickups, and I never touched a tone control so there's more there. I keep saying I'm going to throw the 10 band MXR in the loop and see how much farther I can push it towards certain other classic tones. I haven't even gotten there yet because everything sounds SO good without it. This is an awesome Amp!