I noticed something interesting the other day. Back in the day, I never used a pedal, but now I have a few for bedroom rockstar performances. When I take a typica LP and plug in, I get a great tone if it's straight in the amp. It's OK if there are pedals. When I use and EMG, the pedals sound huge. I started messing around with an active DI and it seems you can open up the tone putting that in front of the chain. Does anyone have experience with this? Is this why I miss my echoplex?