Yeah, that's what I discovered recently at a metal-festival; suddenly bass on distortion had a brand new meaning to me. A bass on distortion was really a bass on distortion (sorry for the stupidness of that souding ) , instead with my sound it used to be: "is that a guitar ?". It's because I'm such a admirerer of the late Cliff Burton. But I saw a German black metal band called "Eisheilig". The bassist played with a pick, and when he turned on the distortion, it didn't growled or sustained much, but suddenly you had the feeling there was a giant playing a bass, know what I mean. It was soooo loud and sooo heavy. To hit back the eq-subject: I can understand why low one set his eq-knob at 12. That's why I like my Multidrive . Ther is none. I like to have my clean sound and my distorted (overdriven actually) sound with the same eq-setting. In my case my signature sorta-like metal-V on my 12-bands Trace Elliot amp. The only thing I'm trying to figure out now is how to get my signal equalized before it gets distorted. I have an fx-loop on my Trace, but it doesn't work with stompboxes, otherwise I could use this loop and set the eq to pre-equalizing. I guess I should buy that 7 bands aq pedal from Boss, but then I loose my amp equalizer.