I'm unsure why you seem instantly defensive. That has happened more than once in this thread. I was just alerting you to his very special guitar, and offering a way for you to learn more, and maybe more about the guy you've been back Andy forth with. To be clear, I too think the "boutique pedal" thing is out of hand, and I chose to purchase pedals with a lot of thought , consideration, and prudence. The real estate on my board is hogged by mxr and digitech, I think those companies offer great value and solid products. I've played with the China clones and I'm not sold. I'd pay moreover if there was more of an assurance of pedal performance. That being said, I like my tone city bad horse and it has kicked the Jekyll and Hyde off my board. Tc electric does it right, I have their spark mini. I bought one pedal that could be considered boutique, though I think they were around long before it was a buzz word--the fulltone '70. They put a great sounding fuzz face circuit into a box that doesn't suck. That was worth it to me. I think that is the question you have to ask when making these purchases, does this pedal fit a need another doesn't, is it innovative enough to claim the asking price? Is there a less expensive alternative? If you just buy pedals to buy them, you will surely be dissatisfied. I do want a catlinbread formula 55, but I'm not yet willing to shell out 180.00 smackers to get a pedal that I don't really NEED, and I don't know how often I'll use. There are innovative companies like EQD and Catalinbread, and others that aren't as innovative but may be making higher quality gear. The market supports what it supports; you just have to decide if you want to be a part of it.