When I got the notice for the release of this pedal, I thought to myself: "Does the world need another Tubescreamer variant?" Better yet, do I need another Tubescreamer variant (after having gone through a Rockbox Boiling Point and a Maxon OD9 Pro+)? Well, I own just most of Jack DeVille's mechanisms of music (to borrow a term from his fellow Portlandiers from CB). Jack simply does not make a bad pedal. So I ordered one and tried it out today. As it "says on the tin", this isn't your Daddy's Tubescreamer- it's a Tube SCREAMER! Unity volume is at 9 a.m. Beyond that, the active volume control will, in Jack's words, "Slap the damned hell out of whatever it hits"! Even at 9 a.m., the gain delivers crunch aplenty, but I liked it full up- call me crazy, but it just gives beaucoup saturation, sustain, and ringing harmonics. The pedal turns my Strat into a Fat Strat, even into a clean amp. It remains to be seen if it will gain a permanent place on my board, as I still dig the Jack Deville Deuce Coupe for overdrive, but I can't wait to put the Classic 88 through its paces in a live setting. If you're interested in getting one, you'd better hurry, as Jack only made 44. JD, I'm not worthy!