Get the tone
I’ve been keeping to a moderate blues-rock fusion tone for this series. I use a Fender Strat, so I always use a distortion pedal to boost the signal before it gets to the amp. Generally, try to go for 25% of your distortion from the pedal and 75% from the amp. You’ll find that the results are sweeter and more compressed (even and tighter sounding) than when getting 100% of the distortion from the amp. Typically, most amplifiers should be set as above (less distortion than when playing metal). Note that I have chosen the ‘in-between’ position between the neck and middle pickups: this helps to give the guitar a sweeter sound with more middle ‘honk’.