There is no right or wrong, just what works and what does not. If you do not have the same setup as the guy raving or dissing on an effect there could be other parameters at play that give him different results then you.
Jerry played with both a Dirt pedal and an Overdrive pedal. And sometimes both at the same time. Early on he only used the dirt (MXR Script Dist+), but the first Overdrive seen used is the Boss DS-1. His dirt pedal only changes once his entire career to the Boss OD-1 Over Drive. I know it says overdrive, but he used it for dirt like the Dist+ in the same position.
As for Overdrives, he used the Boss DS-1, MXR Series 2000 Dist+, Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal, Boss OD-2 Turbo Overdrive.
As i eluded to earlier, If your rig is setup much like Jerry's these pedals will react the same as you hear him use them. If you are not getting the same results, other parameters in your rig are not the same. This is true for the vast majority of other effects pedals as well.
Don't want an OBEL, that is cool, but don't expect the same results he got when he used one.
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