I've been using this 100w RMS tube amp for a good two years now. I've been fairly disappointed with its sound for the last two years with my Ric. It's amazing I didn't play with the settings a lot sooner. If you ever look at the amp, there are switches on the top. They read something to the effect: Treble Hi On/off Mid 300hz/1000hz/3000hz Bass Lo On/Off Well for some reason I decided I'm going to do everything backwards from what I usually do. I usually put Treble Hi On, Bass Lo On, and mid at 300hz. I then boost highs and lows with the parametric eq and just do slight cut. So the absolute backwards was Treble Hi Off, Bass Lo Off, Mid at 3000hz, and I boosted mostly mids instead of the other sprectrums even though I still had a good amount of treble and a mild bass boost. Before it sounded muddy and dead. Now it sounded brilliant, but very vintagy, growly, just nasty. I use stainless steel strings also. I usually dislike this sound, and go for the more modern sound, but with the band it sounded great. I finally got the cut that I wanted. The punch I wanted. My tone was awesome. Sometimes I wonder why I bought a Rick, but I was very happy. Just felt like sharing. Moral of the story: Don't try to turn your bass into something it's not.