I like this pedal. It sounds pretty close to my Maxon SD-9. The Maxon is a little cleaner for solo work, but the Cool Cat is no slouch. It's a very nice distortion. Not sure what it's a clone of, but I sure like it ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwfhw-adSvY I am using my Suhr Classic on this clip. I forgot to mention that. Suhr V60LP pickups.