I had an older one. It was great. I traded it because I really wanted something else. I missed though and got a Rat 2. I find it exactly the same only in a smaller housing which suits me fine. To me it's more a matter of of using the pedal and knowing its sweet spots. The Rat has been a part of my rig for so long that I feel like I know every point on the dials just as I do my old beater Tele. In my humble opinion, it's a very versatile unit. I wouldn't be without it. P.S. I read the reviews on Sweetwater. It gets quite a few raves.