Yeah, I found out a long time ago that less gain makes for a better tone, especially when layering rhythm tracks. Now you can take the gain down so much that you lose that bite (AC/DC's Razor's Edge album is a good example - it ended up kind of jangly instead of crunchy), but even moderate gain when recording multiple rhythm parts sounds pretty hard and heavy when you do the mix. I've used my, "Clean," channel to try and recreate that Aerosmith/Thin Lizzy tone, but it lacks that upper midrange crunch that you heard on the 75/76 era Aerosmith and Thin Lizzy albums. It gets just a little mushy. (I crank the highs and mids and cut the lows just a bit, but it still lacks that crispness and clarity - it's close, but not quite there.) So I'm thinking that there have to be some pickups that would be more conducive to that tone. I'm still wondering if T-Top clones would do the job.