Ok this maybe belongs on the equipment forum, but here goes. Remember I'm a novice on pedals. I don't own any. I have a couple playing situations:
1. Playing my Mandobird VIII thru my Peavey 130 or thru a PA in a band with electric guitar, bass, mic'ed drums, horns, near deaf singer with blasting stage monitor.
2. Playing my acoustic mando(s) equipped with pickups, thru my K&K Pure pre-amp into a PA.
PA varies in each case, depending on who I play with and where we play.
In both cases, but mostly the 2nd (acoustic) I've come to the conclusion that I need a boost stomp-switch type pedal for taking leads. The Peavey has a foot switch to swap from lead to main channel. I set the distortion differently so the lead channel has the crunch I want for rock/blues and the normal is pretty clean. I set up the gain so I get the boost I want on leads. I'd like to be able to do the same thing with my acoustic without using my Peavey (not an ideal amp for acoustic instruments). I'm wondering on the pedal combo that might let me do this when playing acoustic thru a PA; that is have a clean signal for backup, a boosted clean signal for leads and also a boosted distorted signal. Looking for something fairly easy to use; preset the gains/distortion on the pedal(s), footswitch to swap between bypass, clean boost and distorted boost. Other features are nice, but not at the risk of too much added complexity or price.