I'm playing a jag through a Mesa with a rat..I've been down this road years ago.
from an interview with Kurt:
What was the last amp you blew up?
A Crown power amp that was intended for use as a PA, but which I used for a guitar head because I can never find an amp that’s powerful enough -– and because I don’t want to have to deal with hauling 10 Marshall heads. I’m lazy –- I like to have it all in one package. For a preamp I have a Mesa/Boogie, and I turn all the mid-range up.
I could post a bunch of times where Kurt never mentioned any other settings on anything except he kept saying "dimed the mids" or "turn the mids all the way up". He says it in several different interviews and people who knew him said that was why he liked that Mesa. He liked the control of the mids. I figure if he said it over and over then it must be important. He played lots of different guitars all fitted with different pickups but it still sounded similar. What pickups did he have in that tele? I know it was single coils and i think they were stock but i'm not sure.
A Peavy vypyr is a solid state modeling amp? I am curious to hear the tone i'm talking about on that amp.
My point again is, if you got the sound already then great. No big deal.