I bought this pedal when I was playing an entry level strat I used to own. I was playing it through a mini amp that wasn't great either, but this pedal was really able to give it some great sound, especially considering what I was playing. Not having known much at that time about pedals and effects, I was really just tinkering with it a first. But I was able to get some pretty nice tones, even out of a low-end guitar and amp. Now I have an American Strat deluxe on the way and I can't wait to hear those two together.