Admin Post I just don’t understand why it would be worthwhile to do all of this. Plug into a small amp working at 10% capacity and it sounds great, no effects needed. Plug into a medium to large amp operating at less than 1% capacity and you have to use all sorts of effects to get an imitation of a good sound. I’ve run the gamut, from 5 watts to over 300 and found that the truly big amps are perfect for outdoor venues but that even a 5 watt amp sounds great in smaller venues. I played the Fair using a 5 watt Winfield Typhoon in front of a microphone and it sounded big as a Showman. Then I took the same amp home and it sounded perfect in my living room, just by itself. If you want more heft, by a big cabinet and plug into that.