The title might seem weird but I feel a missing piece of the puzzle when people talk about their pedals and the sound they get is how they are EQing their amp. How your amp (and cab) sounds is a HUGE part of how a pedal sounds to you along with what bass, strings, tuning, etc. you're using. I find that I disagree with a large portion of pedal users because my amp sounds one way and their amp sounds another. So, I'll start: I use a G&L SB-1 tuned to either C Standard or Drop A# into a Hartke HA-5500 into a Mesa Powerhouse 2x15 with the Tube and SS preamp knobs at noon. This give me a blend between classic Fender tubey mid scoop and flat SS gain. Then I boost the low contour control to about 3 o'clock. This gives me a slight mid scoop around 600Hz and 200-ishHz shelving low end boost. This makes for a nice and thick clean tone. When using most dirt pedals I find I need to cut some mids around 1kHz in the graphic EQ to keep the tone from being too harsh. When some pedals are too dark I may also boost some 2kHz to get that rock bite that helps cut through. My current main pedals are DOD Boneshaker, Mesa Boogie Bottle Rocket, or a Way Huge Green Rhino. Warning!!! The following paragraph is off topic but it is partly the inspiration for this thread: I tried for a long time to find pedals that worked well with a flat amp but they are few and far between. Being bassists, it's sometimes a struggle to get YOUR tone live because you're often using someone else's gear or fight with the F.O.H. to be mic'd. After some eye opening sessions in a studio where I was able to get a working tone with or without MY gear, I recently decided to start exploring my amp's EQ more and not worry about how to get MY sound in a club. I'll trust the engineers to do their job. Thanks for reading. Now you go!