Re: Pedals to make Tone, not Sounds.
I think he's talking about effects like EQ, compressor, sonic maximizers, and maybe even overdrive.
On the other side would be numbers of chorus, flanger, phase shifter, delay, etc.
The first seeks to sweeten the existing tone, the latter to change it entirely. Did I get the intent, OP? I saw Nakleh's thread and he's got a great setup for what you're talking about. First things first, I would be looking at effects like a single knob boost, nice compressor, EQ, and maybe a fairly transparent overdrive like a Fulltone Fulldrive.
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