Some other thoughts gleaned from experimentation: I have a stratoblaster in a stomp box. I use it as Steve has described, at its lowest setting. I love what it does to the lipsticks. Definitely noticeable when it's gone. I've read that steve says a lot of the magic happens in that guitar due to the microphonic nature of the pickups and the wide space between his high gauge strings and the lipstick cover. My lipsticks sound way better when they are closer to the strings than Steve's description lead me to conclude. Still not that close. I like to drop them and raise them until I start to get more dynamics. I stop then. Also, I have noticed that they work best with ohm mismatch (duh) like Steve says. I run a 8ohm e120 with a stock SD bandmaster and it definitely makes a difference. HOWEVER, I actually like how they respond better to my old showman head (bf 1965), left channel, stock, bright on, with a neunaber digital delay set on "wet".
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