Hi everyone, Just wondering - in the Bass Guitar For Dummies book, author Patrick Pfeiffer suggests as "Definite Maybes" (p. 273): Some items make your life as a bass player easier, but you can function without them. Bassists generally prefer a clean sound, so they aren't as likely as guitar players to use all kinds of effects (gadgets that alter the sound). Two useful items, however, are: A chorus unit - a chorus unit makes your bass sound like two basses being played together. A volume pedal - a volume pedal lets you adjust the volume with your foot, even in the middle of a tune. I don't believe he's mentioned any other effects units in the book so far, out of all the possible effects for the bass why are the chorus and the volume pedals the first ones he mentions as 'definite maybes'? How many of you use the chorus and volume pedal? He doesn't explain in what context to these pedals fit into the picture or why he classifies them as definite maybes over the other effects. A couple of pages later the author mentions other effects: Extras As a bass player, your job is to hold down the groove and keep the sound of the band tight, and that's best accomplished with a clean sound from the bass. But for a little special effect during a bass groove or solo, you may want to audition some other pedals besides the chorus unit and the volume pedal (both are described in the previous section). Here are some examples of other effects pedals you may want to use: He then goes on to mention the following effects, each accompanied with a small blurb about what they do: - flanger/phase shifter, - digital delay, - distortion, - envelope filter, - octave pedal, - multi-effects unit. So yeah, why the chorus and volume pedal above the rest?