Great Amp, Great Features, Built for Basement, Studio, Gigging
This amp is IMO best suited for Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Funk, Jazz, R&B, Classic Rock, and various Fusions thereof all previously mentioned. It can do some high gain stuff but I'm not as knowedgeable in those genres so I can't say more on it
Leave the Blue Marvel Speaker alone and give it time to break in as it is very well voiced for clean to edge-of-breakup amp settings. Great for Blues, Country, & Jazz'n
If you want to push the envelope with some alternative QOTSA'esque grooves, slap down your favorite nasty dirt pedal, plug in a 112 ext cab with a Texas Heat and you'll soon be having neighbors over to visit.
And if that's not enough, tune down to drop C, swap out the Blue Marvel with the Texas Heat and put a Swamp Thang in the 112 ext cab...now you're soon to be on a first name basis with local law enforcement. Get a good set of filtering ear plugs!!!
I run the optional two button foot switch so I can tap between channels & boost settings and even though I have a good variety of boost and dirt pedals at my disposal I find I often prefer to set the amp to where I can control the breakup with the volume knob on my Strat and jam for hours sans pedals.
When using High Gain pedals (or lots of stacked gain) I prefer using the Low Gain Input as it gives me better control over how hard I hit the preamp.
This is the pedal chain i use most often and it works very well for generating psychedlic desert rock grooves when tuning the strat down a full step...
Strat > tuner* > MXR UniVibe* > Moog MF Drive* > Moog MF Ring* > CB Belle Epoch* > BANDIT 112 Low Gain Input
*all pedals powered by a single OneSpot
I like my tone thick and heavy at times, but also want to easily control pedal gain & modulation characteristics to where i get decent chord definition when needed.
Get a decent Furman Power Strip for both your amp & pedals
AC-215 is a good option
When all is said and done...A savvy shopper can buy a guitar, amp, & pedals...all as mentioned above...and often for less cost than a mid level point-to-point handwired "boutique" combo tube amp