I've had a kind of journey through effects over the last few years. On some of the numbers my band plays - Peter Gunn and the old Link Wray tune Jack The Ripper come to mind - I want something other than a clean sound. I want some dirt in there, but I want to still have definition to the notes I play. I started off using my good old 1960's Univox Super-Fuzz, which has to be one of the most radical fuzz pedals ever made. I like the sound solo, but in a band mix, the fuzz was just too much - my notes lost all definition and the bass just turned into a kind of low-level roar that didn't help the music. That Super-Fuzz makes a buzzsaw seem mild by comparison. The next stop was an attempt to shift one level less aggressive - a Boss ODB-3 distortion pedal my wife gave me for Christmas (nice lady, that). I have it set up on my pedal board just before a Behringer BDI-21 direct interface which helped smooth the sound a bit, but I still couldn't get quite the sound I wanted without losing note definition. Today I spent some time in Guitar Center playing with their big display of Boss pedals, and discovered the SD-1 Overdrive Pedal. I think I FINALLY found a pedal that adds "dirt" (or maybe just character) without losing the attack and decay of the notes...and it was on sale for $30. Definitely worth a shot! I'll be traveling for a few days, but I can't wait to try it out in practice. And with GC's return policy I have 30 days to return it if it doesn't work out. I suspect I've been searching for a less aggressive sound and have finally found it by moving through incrementally less aggressive pedals. Based on the stickies in this forum and comments I've read, I have the progression from most to least distortion sorted out this way: Fuzz > > > Distortion > > > Overdrive. Comments?