I am embarrassed to have to ask this, but nonetheless, here it goes. I run my bass through about 12 different pedals before the signal hits my amp. Of course they aren't always on, and they run into the front of my Mesa M6 amp. My question is, what is the benefit to running the signals into the effects loop in the back of the amp? My limited understanding is that when a signal is routed through the effects loop, the amp basically acts as a power amp, and does not add EQ or color to your tone. I obviously love the Mesa sound, and want it to be a part of my sound. I greatly appreciate any tips or pros/cons of running into the effects loop vs. the front of the amp. Thanks.