A good question that I came across today on Quora (which I happened to answer there as well) was:
“Why are there so many different types of guitar pedals but the guitar tones you hear are just those few?”
In a nutshell my answer was guitar players are the only ones who obsess over their tone and think all the many subtle variations actually matter to the listener. In truth only a very small percentage of listeners in the grand scheme of things will notice any difference between the use of an original Ibanez Tubescreamer or say a Joyo overdrive pedal that cost $50 new.
So moral of the story is, let’s try to remember that and spend more of precious time just playing our instruments, and not too carried away with gear pursuits as we chase the mythical tone that we think will blow everyone away.