I just picked up a Zia Drive to try out from my local dealer (yeah, he's really cool and let's me take stuff home to try it out.) Plugged it in, turned it on, and "wow, that's not what i thought it would be..." "If you hate the feeling of sag in your fingers this is the box for you." "A very tight low compression overdrive pedal designed to be that perfect rhythm guitar box." I found it compressed and squishy sounding. It surprised me so much that I checked to make sure everything was connected properly on my board, but sure enough, everything was fine. I compared it side by side to my MJM Blues Devil which is the most un-compressed OD I've played just to verify that I wasn't losing my mind. Now don't get me wrong - it's a great sounding OD (very bright though - 9 o'clock was all I could stand on the tone control). But I must admit I was a little perplexed as to why Al would describe it as being uncompressed when it is so obviously more compressed than so many OD's on my board. In fact, I found it quite useful for leads with the gain maxed out. Any thoughts? Am I just crazy? Discuss... EDIT: After playing the Zia off and on this week, I have determined it is not as compressed as I originally thought. One thing that makes it sound more compressed is the fact that it is voiced for rythm work, ie there is not a lot of emphasis on mids. This makes it a great rythm pedal but it doesn't "pop" out like other medium gain pedals that have a TS mid emphasis. I think it is still more compressed than is advertised, but not as compressed as my first impression.