Sunbeast, that's a great description of the Rusty, and you touch on probably the biggest reasons I didn't care for it. I approached it as an overdrive because the sound didn't work for me as an always on preamp, and I like a warmer, smoother overdrive sound, so I couldn't get it to work for me that way either. Too jagged, bright and brash for the Motown/funk/R&B/urban gospel stuff I play, so in the end, that's why I ended up liking the Tone Hammer better.
But that's what's so great about all the gear out there... If one [insert gear name here
] worked for everyone, we'd all sound the same!