I'm a bass player who plays AT everything else. But lately I do most of my writing on guitar. In traditional bass player fashion I have mostly avoided effects, except for a short Pino Palladino-esque slapping-on-fretless-with-chorus-and-octaver period that we try to forget and rarely speak of. But now, since I'm doing more guitar stuff, I need a few more sounds than just the amp will give me. I have mostly decided on a Vox ToneLab, but it is lacking in the overdrive area. I want a pedal that has a true bypass, if possible. But I NEED a pedal that gives a warm gutsy burning tone. I don't like the harsh metal square wave distortion. I prefer the tone I used to get from an amp I have that no longer works. It was like a slightly overworked tweed Fender Bassman. It's a great blues/classic rock tone and a serviceable jazz tone. That's about the range I prefer. Think the first generation Mesa/Boogie's before the master volume that let them get the Santana tone. So, the guys at my local music store say "We don't carry them. But it sounds like you want a Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive." To which I said "Uhhhh...what?" because I had not heard of Voodoo Labs before that moment. Do they even still make the Sparkle Drive? Can it give me a range of tones from slightly gutsy and warm to a serious tube burn in the range of an old Bassman amp? Help me guys. I am mostly clueless, here. I can answer your bass questions, but I don't know what to do with my guitar/amp/effect questions. I guess that's why they're still questions.