I've been playing professionally for over 30 years and I've come to the conclusion that I despise pedals. I don't even like reverb. I simply prefer a dry guitar tone through a high-quality amp. I want my guitar to sound like a guitar. I see all these elaborate pedal boards and just cringe. I like showing up to a gig with a guitar, an amp, and a cable. Does anyone just plug straight into the amp anymore? I know folks like U2's Edge get great live tone through a very complex pedal system... it's just not for me. It sounds artificial to my ear. I play blues, rock, country, and jazz and have never had the need for tone-shaping pedals. Most of my guitar-playing friends don't get it. Just my 2 cents. Flame away.