This litllle Vox head reallly delivers nice tube sounds without excessive volume. It really seems to take to pedals well, but I've found myself just plugging straight in and using that tube sound alone. With my ES-335 the tubes breakup nicely at 1/4 Watt. I can play it clean at 1 or 4 Watts ( breaking it up at 4 watts is fairly loud ). With my Telecaster I prefer to breakup the tubes at 1 Watt and play clean at 4 watts. It really seems to be well made and it's a keeper.