I’m a purist when it comes to guitar pedals I must admit. Back when I was a serious player, my guitar rig devolved from one with the typical half-dozen+ pedals to none, as my sound came the “classic” way from just the guitar and amp (and sounded great, by the way). The same with the studio. I always hated using guitar pedals on a mix because of the noise and the inherent sound quality problems that occurred as a result.
Today things are different though, as pedals are now pretty quiet and the audio quality doesn’t change much thanks to the many reamp boxes on the market like Radial’s ProRMP and EXTC. This video by my buddy Dave Pensado shows some cool ways to make use of those pedals as something other than stomp boxes on stage.