Yes, we know it’s the gain reduction that makes the difference and not some pad magic. After liking the pad on, I went ahead and dialed in a gain block to reduce the gain at input to use with one of my guitars. Turned off when using another. The input pad is a tool.
“Yes” to the love for the input pad. Only with the pad on did I enjoy the more classic amps Helix had to offer using an Ibanez AZ2204. That’s also how I learned the pickups are much hotter than I thought. It made me realize that I enjoy low output pickups. Thanks pad!