I first thought to write this in the general discussion area, but this really is an observation I had (that is very simple and obvious...but sometimes when you look at something it rings a bell) that does have to do with effects. Listening to a lot of Gov't Mule lately, their original stuff, but they also have a lot of cool cover material out there. Thing is, they always sound like them, it is clearly their cover of the song, instead of slavishly copying the SOUND of everything or any one aspect they play covers as if they were Gov't Mule originals. All well and good. I had a longstanding wish in my bands that WHEN we do covers we make them "original", change them, etc. But now I realize that was missing a part of the point. I mean you can do a raggae version of "All Along the Watchtower" (actually it was pretty cool) but it is a little pretensious to always HAVE to change a song so much it sounds like another. Can be fun but not good to make it a rule. ANYWAY, the main point I finally realized is... I would guess most of us that hang out in the effects forum probably fall into one of two categories with the majority using effects (when doing covers) to sound as much like the record as possible. If doing Gilmour, getting that sound, or Santana...lots of gain-sustain, if Hendrix fuzz and vibe, etc. But the way Warren Haynes seems to go is the second way. He gets A fantastic tone, and other than some envelope follower, or trem, or slight vibe, usually stays with THAT tone (and it's natural variations) and when he plays a cover he prioritizes his guitar tone over trying to make it sound like the original recording guitar. I'm saying a lot to say a little maybe...but I think it is a significant thing...because though it is NOT the same as (as some here do) deciding NOT to use effects at all and just run straight into amp, it is using minimal effects and getting one major tone, and using it with various other effects when it might be cool, but not copping another basic sound. I had for a while a lot of effects, and was using the same basic effects as the original songs for a lot of Clapton stuff, and Hendrix. Am now rethinking that if I get a tone I love, I ought to stay true to the TONE first, and maybe even avoid the exact same effects as were on the original. Sorry for the length or if this is too obvious...it seems like a revelation to me myself and just wanted to share.