Thanks, everyone. You've given me a lot of ideas and new things to try and I really appreciate it. I'll do more experimenting over the upcoming long weekend with your suggestions.
Mike, to answer your questions, I'm not sure off-hand of the PUP height but it's a split Super II high enough to not have created prior issues with any of my preexisting effects but not "too" high because I like the clarity of some space between the PUP and the strings. My guitar, as noted, as an OBEL and UGB (I'm embarrassed to say I can't now recall if it was this guitar with yours or mine has the CAE and yours left with the other Jerrycaster I sold last year but it's one of the two). For today's initial run, I placed the Proton first in my chain in the OBEL. It's followed by my Line 6 M13 which is presently in buffered (not true bypass) mode. And I have an also true bypass Fulltone Fat Boost 1 at the very end, outside of the OBEL, that I toggled on and off when test-driving the Proton (it seemed to have no discernible impact on it).
“[P]ersonally I disagree with the general philosophy of ‘genre equals gear’ at anything beyond a cosmetic level. I think the right idea is to find the right amp for you, and then play whatever kind of music you like. The “Jerry Thing” was just Jerry. It wouldn’t have mattered what he used and he used a lot of stuff.” Steve Kimock (The Gear Page 04/08/18)