I'm guessing this opinion isn't going to win me many friends, but I think it needs to be said. I see way too many guitar players using pedals as a crutch. It frustrates the hell out of me that playing classic rock, not every song needs distortion or overdrive, and yet it's like pulling teeth trying to get guys to play without effects pedals. Yes, some songs may require it...I don't disagree with wanting a fuzz pedal to play Satisfaction, and some older music had a bit of dirt from overdriven amplifiers, but it gets tiresome as hell when players want to use heavy distortion and overdrive on every song. When I tried to bring this up to the guys in my band I get a lot of flack, but I see the heavy reliance on distortion, overdrive and fuzz as a way to cover poor technique and inadequate playing. I listened to a YouTube video yesterday of a local band, one of whose members has applied for a slot with my band. It was like a breath of fresh air, and it took me a minutes to figure out why they sounded so much better than we do.....and then I realized that they were playing clean. When I listen to most bands, the sound is cluttered, disorganized and smeared, and when I think about why, it's got more to do with overuse of effects pedals than anything.