Straight into the amp or with pedals, the 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue is a major tone machine. Strat, Tele, Les Paul and even my Rickenbacker 660/12 all sound tremendous through this amp. Not a lot of clean headroom, but hey, that's what your volume pots are for. If you're looking for a boutique sounding amp and have a limited budget, do yourself a favor and buy this amp. Also a shout out to Graham and the gang at Sam Ash Music in Lyndhurst Ohio. They treat me like royalty and have always dealt with me fairly.