I used to use a very nice, full-featured multi-effect unit until it went out on me in the middle of a gig! I resorted to having to go directly into my amp with just drive, tremolo, and reverb on the amp. It sounded great! I retired the multi-effect unit after that... One thing also that I noticed is that multi-effects devices with amp models sound good into a recording device or PA system, but ** awful ** into an amp (even a solid state amp). I suppose the amp models weren't intended to be used that way, but better to get something (like the Fly Rig or Boss Me-50) which is intended as a pure pedal platform for use with your amp. These days I only use a few effects and often just go straight into the amp for country and other clean playing. Still, I wouldn't mind trying out some of the newer multi-effects rigs since most now are much more compact than your typical pedal board, which is real advantage when you're doing a gig.