After having for a little while now, today I adjusted my gain very low and I cranked it up slightly with all the setting basically in the middle. I keep the gain control outside at 3 O'clock. I used my Strat Special with TS pups. I decided to drop the gain today when I was playing my 1998 U2 56 reissue and noticed the over the top gain I needed to tone down. This pedal is easy to dial and works great with both single coils and humbuckers. I'm glad I got it and tamed it the way I have. While I was adjusting the internal gain I brought it down almost all the way, then I went up a taste to where I heard and felt the tone I find attractive for my particular use. Out of the box it is useable but, don't be shy about adjusting the internal gain because it can very easily be dialed back in the middle factory setting with little effort.