OK - sooo... this is probably a very basic question. Does the placement of an effect have impact on tone? What I mean is, if I go bass to effect to amp, will that sound different than going from bass to amp and then hit the effect through the effects loop? I tried this with my Bass Xciter pedal with my new amp (SWR SM-500). When I tried it with the box on the front end, it sounded really artificial, whereas running it through the effects loop seemed more natural sounding (to me, anyway). Am I crazy? (don't answer that - I'm still trying to dial in tone with this thing that works) If it does have an impact, why? (Just for my own learning) Thanks for the help.