It was pretty educational to sit back and listen to my usual rig last night, being played by someone else! Back story, I am sitting at the FOH desk this week. But I brought my rig to practice anyway (cause you just never know). We have a new guitarist joining, and he thought he was on acoustic, so didn't bring his electric gear. Last minute, we decided to put him on electric and so he played mine, through my pedal board, into my amp. He didn't have time to dial in "his sound" so he just played my settings. Tele (mostly he was on the bridge P/U) -> orange squeezer comp -> Soul Food -> Timmy -> Nova Repeater (he used it just a few times) -> Joyo Trem -> Blues Junior (set to mostly clean) -> miked into PA. I think he kept the Timmy always on (which I do) and used the Soul Food occasionally for more crunch. I have a Rat on the board too, I think I detected a Rat spot here and there instead of the Soul Food. Anyways, of course he has own style and he sounded like "him." But it was my stuff, and I got to hear the perspective of what my gear sounds like in the mix. And, I got to hear it without the complication of trying to play at the same time. It was way cool. My signal chain sounds awesome! He is a good player, and leveraged everything quite well, but I was pleased to perceive that my pedals and amp provide a pretty good basic sound for the music we play. I also learned that as much as I love my Rat, it didn't sound as good in the mix last night as the Soul Food did. Blasphemy! I love my Rat. But I probably use it too much. I will try and correct that based on what I learned. I also heard that I need a better reverb. The BJr's reverb is OK, but just doesn't sound right. Looks like I'm getting another pedal! Try it! If you have other players, sit out sometime and let someone else play a whole set with your rig using your basic settings. You might discover something you didn't know. You might even realize that while you think you sound like crap up on stage, you sound pretty good FOH (assuming you have a competent person mixing - or just volunteer to sit on sound and mix "yourself" the way you want).