I used mine as an always-on tone-shaper and light overdrive. My bass has a low output, so I can set the Gain up between 10-11 o'clock without a lot of drive unless I dig in. I set the Blend to 100% wet, Era to around 2 o'clock and Volume to taste (I use mine to push a tube amp a bit, so my Volume is always boosted above unity). With the Vintage Deluxe I just got the EQ makes it far more versatile, but of course also much less plug-n-play...
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