I have been searching for a distortion that fits the bill. You know, like Garcia at front row, Rochester War Memorial-1984. I can still feel it....but it don't "come in a box". (hey, that's a good name for a fast food burger franchise!)
I think maybe the actual time and space have more to do with sound and inspiration than transformers, IC chips and maybe even tubes.
I have been trying every box I can get my hands on. Sold my old Ibanez, MXR, Dallas Arbiter, Rat...blah, blah, blah.
Shit, if I tell them what I think I'm after "crispy, yet not offensive to the people who would die for my sins.." well, I almost always end up with something Dime-bag might have used. (might have used well!) --But I can't stand that crap.
I'll say this...(here I go:) - with people in the house, and some dear sweet fool says "jonny, your guitar is over there." or something like that, I'm fine, no airsickness bag needed. But when I sit around some dreadful holding pen of a fake-ass just imagine the people listening kind of scenario....Nope.
Stomp-boxes! They all sound good,( or bad ). You're not that crazy. It's just, why do you want some sound or another, or not.
That said, what's up with the earth box, yo.