Inspired by TGP I decided to go to a rehearsal with nothing more than an OD3 a Bassman and a marshall 4 x 12 to see what would happen. For a lot of the Bryan Adams covers I had no problems riding the volume, solos were a problem and most of the old rock songs were fine. It seems I really need my effects to keep me in the comfort zone, certain covers just sounded real bad without the sounds myself and my band are used to. With my blues trio I use only a tele and an AC30, but that's a different type of music. It was interesting for a while but I soon got bored and started messing with the tone control. This is a valuable experience for me as I can now take these bare essential techniques and apply them in my pedal-soaked playing, thus giving me the best of both worlds. Might seem trivial but to an 80s kid like me it was an eye-opener!!