I always use a clean boost at the top of my chain to drive cables and to provide a hotter signal to push downstream pedals. I've been an RC user for years b/c it basically does the boost thing, but at the same time I've always found it to be kind of sterile. In comparison, the boost side of the GT-500 is almost perfect for me. It imparts a touch-sensitivity that is to die-for (IMO), can stay perfectly clean, adds sparkle that works with all positions on a Strat (no spike in bridge pup, nice definition in neck) and is beautifully dynamic, plus it has some control over EQ. The closest experiences I've had with something this good is with the Lovepedal Balance (but, no volume control, no EQ), and a Bad Bob (but, not totally clean, no EQ). The only downsides of the GT-500 boost is that I can't dial in a flat EQ. I can't dial out the bass and the lowest setting can add too much bass. I'd prefer a flatter EQ giving me the control over lows. Also, I might prefer a dedicated boost pedal, as I still haven't settled in yet with the distortion side of the GT-500. I don't know what's inside of a Balance, but I do know that the Bad Bob and the GT-500 are FET-based and was wondering if I am preferring this type of circuit for clean boost. What are the alternatives out there that might match the GT-500 boost and provide more flexible EQ?