About a week ago I decided to give myself a break from what is effectively the "refined sugar" of electric guitar (especially the "always-on" variety). A week into it, and it is really apparent how much it affects what/how I play. Man, I had really forgotten how good a cleanish guitar could sound (still playing around with a little modulation and delay sometimes). Also, how accountable it can hold you when it comes to technique: There's no covering up slop with fuzzy slurs in this world. So far so good, but I can feel some crunch coming on.