I (perhaps a bit naively) always think of fender style amps as 'pedal platforms', very clean up to a nice loud volume. However I have seen an increasing number of examples of a non MV Marshall like a 1987x or JTM 45 used clean and I think it sounds really good.
That got me thinking that in my gigging world (the usual unmiced pub/club bluesy rock type gigs) I would never be able to wind an amp of that type up to the level where it would begin to crunch up (without an attenuator) but would it work to give that lovely clean, lots of headroom sound to pair with a nice overdrive and a range of pedals? Especially as the newer Marshalls of this type seem to now have effects loops.
Does anyone use a non MV Marshall like this? Or am I missing the point of this type of amp and should get an attenuator and wind it up into those glorious crunch levels!