So, I rented a Marshall Class 5 for fun over the Canada Day weekend and I've been plugging my guitars direct in (or a single pedal like a Mastotron or Echorec in-between) and came to a realization that, as much as I love pedals (having near 30), I'm not sure they add to my music in a highly significant way. Songs I write and think "Yeah, I'd loop this here and add some POG on top and etc, etc" sound just fine played direct in. Sure, they're a little less flashy but... so?
Adding textures/layers on top of loops and using all my pedals to warp my guitars sound is really fun but, at the end of the day, does the audience really need all that? I can make my electric guitar sound crazy and they nod along but when I take out a cello bow and bow my archtop through a simple delay - 3 sets of applause.
I feel like I'm having a pedal crisis of faith over here.... are you there Nels? It's me, Jon.
(FWIW I posted this on TGP and now am ostricized from the board)