T.C. Electronics has released the VPD1, a pre-drive pedal designed to create a vintage flavored, warm overdrive from your current set up, but not to impart a lot of extra colouring of your sound. A geat idea in an overdrive pedal; i've used many OD/Distortion/Drive pedals, and most significantly impart thier footprint on your sound. This pedal overdrives, but does not colour. T.C. made their name with thier excellent non-colouring chorus pedal; this pedal takes the same slant on only giving you what you want - not what you don't; link.
guitars and more guitars, that is the answer. i am a great guitar enthusiast; if it's about guitars, i dig it. If it's about guitar related stuff; same. i live in the pacific northwest, where it rains enough to make me practice, and there's enough sun to allow me to air out my musty stella in the summer.