It does look good, doesn't it? Goes with my shirt.
I meant the first string, the sixth I changed, and it broke when I was stretching it. The TP is just holes in a metal plate, resulting in a sharp edge I should round off. I'd like to think it wasn't a defective string.
In 'real life' with a very clean amp I would use my ElectroHarmonix Hot Tubes unit from the early 70's.... but there hasn't been a need to dust that thing off in years.
I like the bassman, I actually like the blackface twin reverb better for my guitar. And the jtm-45 just is killer for my pickups. You have different electronics, and I am sure that with the Bassman you have found a fit. The pieces have to match if you know what I mean.
Yes, to heck with distortion pedals. Yes with the X3 that would be real easy to solve. If you want to stay with one rig, then your pickup vol control is your best friend, and with 2 pickups you can do a lot with dynamics, and tweaking the tone control as you shift back and forth between pickups.
I see what you are after now. What I would do in a live situation with a no master control stack, is set the volume controls different for the neck and bridge pickups, then I could just flick my toggle and have different amounts of dirt and volume instantly.