Last night I had a dep gig with a 50s/60s/RnR outfit, so I thought I would take my recently completed 5E3 clone. With a couple of exceptions, I have used my Matchless Lightning on all my guitar gigs in the last 7 years. I was thinking of maybe taking the 5E3 to a jam first to get used to it, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it for real. How was it? Just brilliant! The conditions were somewhat adverse, namely a very boomy bass guitar and a questionable monitor sound for the vocals. Still, the amp sounded much bigger and fatter than any small, light 1x12 combo deserves to. What I liked most was the touch response - by picking lightly during backup parts and then digging in for the solos, I hardly needed to touch my guitar volume control or step on a pedal. I still did though! The amp takes pedals very well, but at the same time made them seem less necessary. I played my Duo Jet for the first set, and my Custom Shop Strat for the second and third. In that setup the Strat seemed to work the best. Here's my corner of the stage - my amp is the blue one. I am thinking of fitting some tilt-back legs, or alternatively getting a Standback.