That's pretty much how I felt the second I plugged the pedal in. Set all the controls to 12 0'clock and had very low expectations of this pedal, but figured for the price of admission, why not, right? Well let me just say this...Sweet Fancy Moses! I know I'm late to the party with this one, but really, why did I wait so long? Where do I even begin trying to explain this pedal? It's like a boost, overdrive, and sonic goodness all rolled into one little box. Yes, it's really that good. If I had to describe my sound it would be a combination of old school country and alt-country style stuff, with everything from old George Jones to more modern stuff like the Jayhawks and Son Volt, Gin Blossoms, etc., and the occasional Black Crowes thing going on. Probably like everyone else, I like a clean-edge of breakup type sound that has some grit to it, bit still clean enough to hear fills and embellishments, etc. This pedal screams twang and articulation with just the right amount of grit and grind, plus it just does something to the overall sound that makes it just "more better". Previously I've been using either a TS808 or a Soul Food for my dirt and OD needs, and have an MXR Micro Amp at the end of the chain to give it a little more 'oomph' and push my '72 Princeton Reverb just a little harder. I thought it sounded great until i tried the American Sound. No longer need the Micro Amp, because the American Sound just does something to my amp where the lows are punchier yet still remain percussive and articulate, and embellishments, bends and whatnot are twangier. I also play rhythm stuff but will a lot of embellishments and little fills thrown in to make it interesting and these don't get buried at all and are easily heard with some dirt dialed into the American Sound. What I've also been doing is putting the TS808 before the American Sound and pushing it with the TS808 and works great for higher gain solos and leads. I actually am loving this pedal so much I just ordered a second one. Time will tell if the pedal holds up, as I've read in the past that these are pretty cheaply made and whatnot, but this has got to be my hands down favorite OD pedal to date, and I have quite a few here sitting on the shelf. Everything else just sounds boxy and pinched compared to the American Sound. It's like a blanket is removed from the speakers once you turn it on. If I had one negative thing to say, it's that the pedal is a little noisy, but really is fine for me, and not even close to making it a dealbreaker.