I was advised to post this here in the effects section instead of the double basses section. Sorry about the mixup..... Is it necessary to use effects pedals as a bass player? Or do you just dial in your rig the way you want and go for it. I've recently added a distortion pedal to my setup and I have it set to a minimal gain just to "dirty it up" a bit. I tape the gigs that our band (covers - classic rock) plays and I'm not so sure if It's really making that big of a difference in the sound. I recently did a post about getting my playing to cut through the mix and a lot of people came back with getting your midrange up on the EQ. This has worked real well for me but I'm not so sure about the pedal. FYI, I'm playing a Fender H1 Jazz with a GK 1001RB-II head and GK 410SBX-II cab. Anyone have any tips or experiences to share about this? Thanks!