It’s like… cats… right?
Why is there not a more even distribution of cats throughout the universe? Why do cats own the internet? Do cats possess all the knowlege of the cosmos, but just wont tell us?
The phenomenon of electricity is really an imbalance of electrons between one place and another. This imbalance doesn’t want to exist. Electrons hate each other and repel like territorial tomcats. Electricity is on a perpetual suicide mission to even out the potential. It is always looking for balance. Balance never happens. This does beg the question though: Why is there not a more even distribution of cats throughout the universe? Science needs to give us answers!!!
It’s actually amazing that we humans have figured out how to harness electricity. We “trick it” into doing useful things while on its quest for self destruction.
If you really want to understand what all these pedal components do, Ohms law is essential, but context is important too. Breaking down circuits into subcircuit sections is helpful. Transistors are used in a multitude of ways, but there are only a few common transistor subcircuits in overdrive pedals. If you keep looking and learning you’ll begin to recognize common op-amp circuits, filter topologies, oscillators and find a limited number of tone control styles built into many different pedals.