I am usually a fan of just plugging directly into an amp and playing. However the artist I play for has a lot of different tones on his recordings. This pedal helps me achieve some of those tones. It's simple to use. If you're the type of player that likes to mark your setting, it's gonna be a challenge with this pedal. The knobs are close together, and close to the edge of the pedal. Plus they are a shiny metal against a shiny metal background. It's really hard to see where you are at.