I have been reading on this forum about utilizing an overdrive pedal before the amp to increase volume/headroom, but there are a plethora of devices on the market. I will say that its gotta be under $200 for sure though, no boutique things. I've read all good things about Maxon OD, Ibanez tube screamer, and the sonic maximizer,(which isn't OD but a boost). My question, or info-gathering, is which one? I'm using a triple recto/recto cab with an RG2228 8string with Lundgren M8 It sounds great right now, but I think it could be more clear, more punchy. I've read for the overdrives, to dial out any grit or lows/highs and raise the volume. I'm going back-and-forth as to which one would be the one. Also, the FX loop just does not seem to function properly as long as I've owned the head, gets all quiet. I've tried, and am not going to bother anymore. So, as it is, I run all my pedals before the amp, so the OD/maximizer would be in the chain as well. Tips and info greatly appreciated!!