Hello all, Great board, I've been digging thru it all week and this is my first post. For years I've been a gear minimalist, relying my fingers/axe/amp and very few fx (read: wah and delay pedal) to craft the sounds I like. This is likely due to my musical upbringing as a bass player first, only taking up guitar 9 years ago. My musical tastes (for playing) are certainly due to my bass background--groove/pocket-based music of many genres (reggae-roots and dub, soul, rock, funk, go-go (I went to college in D.C.), jazz, jungle, more). Over the years I have played guitar and bass (live and studio) in various bands both in NYC and LA that span these genres. I am looking to add/upgrade a few stomps for live and studio use, specifically a mild/subtle transparent OD pedal for adding some edge for both lead and rhythm playing. I have no need (or desire) to be able to push it to huge overdriven or fuzzbox sounds, maybe to a max of a 70's classic rock type distortion. Over the last few days I have tested: Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive, Menatone Red Snapper, Xotic AC boost, zvex super duper, Tech21 Dual Drive, Maxon OD808. The Red Snapper is my favorite (though AC boost, the zvex and the dual drive were nice too). It seemed to preserve the sound of my guitar & amp and was not super compressed-sounding (very important for me). I found with the Cut, Bite, Gain and Volume controls I could really ease into different levels of drive a little at a time, and not just cross a threshold into a "wall of distortion" sound. I will be living in this range between cleanboost and moderate/warm OD, and the more range in this tonal area, the better. So, given my description, are there any other similar pedals I should try before snatching the Red Snapper? I'm pretty sure I will be happy with it, but want to cover all bases before dropping the cash. Should I care about the circuit-board vs ptp wiring scheme? I played all these with my '98 Am Deluxe Telecaster strung with .012's (3-pickup model, like a Nashville, bridge/neck pups are Fralin tele blues specials, middle is a Fralin strat blues special, 5-way switch with toggle). My amp is a 90's Fender Deville 2x12 (I use only the clean channel--the gain channels suck in my opinion). Any considerations for my other guitar, an 1988 Gibson ES-175 with PAF humbuckers? Thanks in advance for all suggestions.