yeah, that's the approach that people take because they have a certain result in mind and i would say that works well, better than buying a processor or a bunch of effects to start with for sure. i simply had no agenda except finding the strangest sounds possible with a guitar and effects. let's just say that i rewound and intensely listened to that broken-speaker fuzz section from U2's "discotheque" more than i ever listened to a virtuoso guitar player.
i'd been playing acoustic for a year when i decided to buy an electric. off to furtados to check out a givson and a kustom sound amplifier. that little experience actually put me off playing electric till about a year and a half later. i didn't know much about guitar tone back then, but when playing the givson through the kustom, i simply knew that i didn't want to sound like THAT. went to study abroad and bought a squier and a peavey rage 158 pretty cheap. shortly after that, i played a tube amp for the first time in the same guitar shop, and my head exploded.
somewhere down the line, i think maybe 4 years later, i had a semblance of an income and bought my first tube amplifier and couldn't go back to solid state. then i moved back here and started building them. now i'm in dire need of DIY rehab.