When I first picked this up at Christmas, I'll admit I didn't think much of it. It lacked the gain structure and presence I thought it would have. I compared it to my Plexitone and was not impressed. So I put it aside for a bit. I got it out the other day, and just maxed the gain, and 9'o clocked the tone, and Wow! Instant amazing lead tone! Like one of the best I've ever had! Seriously amazing sustain, it just held on forever! Then I tried some 80's hair rhythms into 90's AIC, and it was just awesome! It has a open, uncompressed tone that none of my other pedals has. Boosted its just insane, singing leads for days!!! I've since moved on from the Plexitone, I just had too many grievances with it and my current setup. Now I have the Wampler Plextortion and this pedal, THIS PEDAL, YES THE JOYO US DREAM. Can do similar tones with ease! In fact I think it does a better lead tone, flat out! Now I don't think this is a slight against the Wampler, that's waaaay more versitile and all round better. But this little $40 joy is just kicking so much ass! Honestly, it makes me wonder about the Suhr Riot, but that'll come in due time. Right now, this pedal has no competition in its price range! I can't say how many $100+ distortion pedals I've played that literally dreams of doing what this little guy is pulling off!