I am not a high gain guy, but the high gain tones in my AX8 are awesome (to my ears). But, once again, back when I was gigging in the 90's, I had tricks to get high gain tones out of my JMP and they typically blew away the gain knob tones out of modern amps. But "modern" 90's guitar players had to have new amps, not "old fashioned" stuff like I was playing. I can dig that new amps may be more reliable. But the tone isn't better.