Well like the title says this about clean guitar tone, leave the od's etc out of the picture thing. I had the pleasure of playing with my band mates, a drummer and a bass player at the town Arts Festival this past weekend. It was a good weekend with plenty of local talent. There were three stages around town and various venues were offered at these stages. We played at the main stage and to give a little background we've only been a band officially now for three weeks. We played our set and ever since I started playing a Sheraton I have found I really just like the sound of the guitar through my amp. Just tubes and a little boost or OD once and a while. We pulled off the set and survived.... This said as I watched the rest of the acts over the weekend I noticed in most of the bands the guitar players used there od's/dist etc almost constantly especially in solos. Also over the weekend I had a several people come up to me and comment on how good we sounded and the tone of my guitar. It's nice to kick it up and wail once and a while but it's also nice to pull it off with just the guitar ringing out it's sweet tone ...