1 Buddy Mercury 2 weeks ago In the last year I've been working on a different sound that I've never really tried before. My new band The Rectors is more of a power trio with upright. So I've been experimenting with a little bit of gain, and in the last 2 weeks I discovered that for many years I'd really been tentative about just crankin the gain on my gear and on my playing. my previous band, mercury radio theater, was a lot more about expressing melody and orchestration. After saying "well, that's my guitar sound" for about a year I'd play with my new band and feel a lot of sonic space just missing (obviously when you go from a large ensamble to a three-piece you're gonna lose a bit). One of the first things i did was pick up a keeley compressor to help even out soloing/single note runs with the volume of the heavier rhythm sound. it's a small change, but i think it really helped. (here's an example of a swap from low notes to high notes at the end of a tune where you can hear the compressor do a good job of evening everything out)We had a show last friday (during a torrential downpour) and I just kinda "went for it" with my existing gear and I feel like the guitar sound was better, heavier, but still not quite there. here's an example of our most recent show and the one prior. So, the point! can someone recommend an overdrive that gets more into that chris cheney/living end/jack white/white stripes territory, that plays well with filtertrons. extra points if it's from a small maker (i like supporting people's passion projects).