Well first, I certainly don't intend or want this to be a negative thread on using effects at all. I don't think there's a right or wrong answer to this here either way, I just want to explore this idea a little more. I'd love to hear from bass players, especially in the rock genre's who've decided to do without any inline effects to their sound. I.e. pedals, processors, pre-amps, etc...) and how or what they DO rely on to get the tone they want without them. I'd also like to hear some of the thought process begins their decision to go without them. And finally, some of the struggles you've had to overcome without them, like trying to adjust to different sounds at a gig, or learning new techniques in order to adjust. Anyway, I hope this is the right forum for this question. Thank you.