Sorry in advance for my meandering thoughts.. I just played in my first real "jam" in about a year. This, after thoughtfully assembling my rig, which includes, of course, a Tele (naturally I swapped the pups), a 68 Princeton custom reverb (naturally I swapped the speaker), and my painstakenly meticulously assembled pedal board - 3 different OD pedals, comp, wah, delay, phase, muff etc Funny, a day ago I would never have inserted an "etc" when describing my board. My point: 2 Other guitarists there tonight. 3 completely different setups.. 3 very similar sounding entities. I mean, I think I've realized, for example that OD is OD is OD. I struggled to differentiate my sound. Yes my set up sounds pretty good I think.. But not "extraordinary." That's a little disappointing, given the time, effort and money. The biggest takeaway... My 3 od pedals - ocd, od808, and em drive, all do the same damn thing in a band setting. Even the muff really! It's just pushing the amp. I'm dejected a little. Might scale down. Tuner and comp stay... One drive pedal... Maybe that's it. It seemed like having the escalating "stackable" gain stages was a waste of time. Thanks for reading this post jam rant. Rock on!