I followed this advice for mine. I've put it all over my modest board and to be frank (or to be Ralph124C41) it sounds pretty good any where I put it. I've had it in my effects loop, both at the front and towards the back and now it's back before the amp. As I've said before I do encounter some hiss with it if set up high but I've tamed that with a Donner Noise Killer. I have a space reserved btw for either a Caline Pure Sky, a Joyo Sweet Baby or a Mosky MM or some inexpensive fairly transparent overdrive pedal and I think any will pair well with the American Sound.