Back story. I was a full time solo country/rock/rockabilly touring pro singer guitarist for 14 years back in the late 1960s to early 80s spending up to 40 weeks a year touring on the road and the only pedals I ever used was a fuzz pedal occasionally back then or the on/offs pedals for my tape echo unit and amp tremolo with most of my guitar tones delivered by my 100w Selmer valve amps.. When I retired and came off the road I gave up playing completely until about 4 years ago. At the beginning of last week my OH and I decided to spend a week at our caravan as the weather here in the UK according to the meteorologists was set to be fantastic and for once they got it right! Now I have a problem. I keep buying guitars to leave at the caravan to save me hauling them back and forth when we load up our car but each time I buy one, I find it's too good to leave there and last week was no exception. Before we left for our break I bought yet another 'caravan guitar' ...a mint used Westfield Les Paul copy for the princely sum of £65.00 from a seller on Gumtree and after a little setting up it plays like a dream, I'm so impressed with it and can see it becoming my every day go-to guitar even though I now have 9 x 6-stringers including a Fender Tele, Gibbo SG and Gretsch 5120. At the same time he was selling an old Boss ME-25 multi-effects pedal which I'd briefly researched on YouTube and I pulled the trigger and bought that too after trying it out and it will do all I want and more besides. I had considered buying a couple of pedals to go with the trem and octave pedals I own so I got the Boss for the price of two very cheap pedals. It's old technology but it still does the job and by the looks of it, it was virtually unused. I took the guitar, ME-25 and studio headphones with me to get used to them and brought them back when we returned as expected. Yesterday in my home studio I thought I'd plug my G5120 into the Boss pedal and gave it a whirl to see how it sounded and I don't think the old girl had ever sounded so good or covered so many genres in one session. Everything from swing/jazz, early 50s Doo Wop, 50s R&R, country/rockabilly of course, in fact everything through to tracks by Deep Purple, Bad Company, Free, Dr. Feelgood and even Reggae, the list was endless and included modern tracks and you know what, I really enjoyed it! With that pedal the world is the oyster for the Gretsch...there's very little if anything I couldn't cover musically with just those two and I can see the Gretsch getting far more use for home recording from now on. Before getting the Boss pedal, I'd put the Gretsch through a Line 6 amp and with a fair bit of tweaking got some really good rock sounds but this Boss pedal makes it much simpler. Maybe I'm guitar a heretic and should stick with playing the genres which have always been synonymous with Gretsch guitars and leave the other stuff to the solid guitars but I've always enjoyed pushing a guitar to the boundaries and so far I don't think I reached them with this combo. I just imagine having that combo when I was on the road...it would have been great! Anyway enough of my dalliances.... I 'm interested in which genres of music your Gretsch has been asked to participate in recently? Do you find you stick to specific genres or are you like me and enjoy pushing the guitar's boundaries and genre diversity?