Yeah, it wasn't until several years later that I found out about the concept of 'boosting with an od pedal'. I thought overdrive pedals like the SD-1 & Tube Screamers were just for blues or country players. I figured that if you had a 'high gain' amp, putting something like that in front would just create crazy amounts of hiss & feedback. Looking back, I wish I had've tried it out. Also, I'm sure for a lot of people there is plenty of gain there but I normally use a hell of a lot.. lol... As in fear Factory/Rammstein/Machine Head levels and on it's own, the V-Twin just wasn't that heavy.