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I've read that the correct way to set your gain is to turn the dial until you hear distortion and back it off a tiny bit. There has to be more to it then that. First do you do this while playing music? Secondly without music I was expecting to hear a hiss or something but I turned it up pretty far and there was no distortion. The manual said to have my volume around 3/4 from the max and it was.

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play the song "Free Bird" from Lynyrd Skynyrd and wait for the solo to start.
increase the gain until it chops the quality and then nock it down a bit.

i know it sounds crazy but it works and if you always use the same song to adjust it with then you have a threshold to work with. Constants are great when working with sound equipment.
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Define chops the quality.. starts popping or what?
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yea pretty much.
just get it to where you like the sound to be honest.
you'll start hearing fuzz and pickup if you set it too high.
just listen for the solo to stop sounding insanely awesome, that's how you know you went too far
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