My sons recently played a set at a large pub, this place has a full outside stage in a very large multi-tiered beer garden with multiple restaurants. The sound guy said "no amps", so they played the set with an acoustic guitar and cajon.
I realized that the reason for the "no amps" was that the sound was relayed throughout the huge complex, the house PA setup and sound engineer where top quality. And I guess the sound guy didn't want to be battling with a guitar AMP or drumkit, he wanted full control over the sound level.
He suggested that if the boys wanted to use an electric guitar next time they should get a pedal that "simulated" a guitar amp, as plugging an electric guitar direct into a DI gives are poor quality sound.
Can anyone suggest some pedals that we should look at?
The set was a success so they will be invited back.