Is it because they fear the knobs labeled "Bass" and "Treble" Because there's nothing inherently gritty about Timmy. Timmy can be super-smooooooth and chirpy if you actually use the tone controls. Paul's EQ is deceptively simple and allows a range of frequencies to pass through the gain stage that would have any self-respecting, white-coated Japanese audio engineer to out on the ledge. The Maxon dudes didn't give the TS a mid-hump for no reason. The power is in your hands, people. Use it wisely. But don't tell me Timmy is "a gritty boost" or that the overdrive has a "gritty" character. Just turn them knobs clockwise and goodbye your grit.