I can't testify as to how faithfully this recreates anything that it's supposed to be able to recreate. What I can tell you is that this is an incredibly flexible overdrive. I don't want to put across that this thing is plain vanilla. It isn't. It can get pretty heavy, actually - just not in a modern, high-gain sort of way. I'm able to get a bunch different sounds out of this thing though - from a really warm clean tone on one extreme to thick fuzz at the other. Even at the trebly end of the tone spectrum, it isn't exactly what I would describe as "sparkly". It's a little darker than most other dirt pedals that I've played through. This really works well for me as my amp is a little on the bright side. Apart from that, the build is impeccable. It's totally quiet when bypassed. It'll run just fine on a 9 volt battery, in a pinch.