It's a joy to hear singing single coils with a little bit of crunch. I'm not backing down on intensity though, the set up here is simply not for that objective. I'm enjoying more of that clean single coil twang with just a pinch of drive. However, utilising pedals isn't quite the formula here. It somehow dampens the highs & adding some more at the pedal end just renders the tone really shrill.
I resorted to the JVM for a simple reason- it's got some of the best crunch in there without turning into Fender alley. I still believe in a straight to the amp set up & letting the amp do the magic.