Just was emailed this article from Reverb with the legendary Eddie Kramer. He has a lot of really great things to say in it, but his take on pedals really spoke to me personally as I'm always fighting between lots of pedals on my board or a simple, no nonsense board. I know I can have two boards, but as a person who listens to people with proven wisdom and experience, these quotes really made me rethink what I want out of my personal tone. "Are guitar players, or musicians in general, over processing their sound? Yeah. Yes, they are. Do I love just a guitar straight into an amp? You bet. One or two, three pedals, fantastic. I think the over-usage of pedals sort of masks the music. Yeah, it’s fun, it’s cool, it’s interesting, nice tone colors. But I’m a little bit, shall we say, prejudiced in terms of the purity of how things should sound or could sound without the intervention of a pedal board. "Is over processing compensating for something else? There’s a bunch of guys who do the pedal board so bloody well and their music is still cool, so you can’t really make that accusation. But correspondingly, there are a bunch of guys who rely sort of heavily on the bloody pedal board and it sounds a little bit cheesy. If a band walks in and they’ve got a gazillion pedals on their pedal board, I say, “Guys, bypass everything. Let me hear you play straight through the amp. Let me just see what you’re doing. Oh, OK. Well, that sounds nice. Maybe we just add a little bit of this, and a touch of that. And all of a sudden, the sound is purer and heavier, fatter and in your face; and the message doesn’t get degraded."