I still struggle with wanting to use effects. I've found some very cool uses for them, and yet I still feel like I'm fooling myself and nobody cares. So I will make a list of the what I like and dislike about them to help me decide: LIKES: --cool sounds --shiny lights --I look awesome stepping on pedals DISLIKES: --extra cables --power supplies --batteries --knobs --weight and size makes pedalboards a PITA to travel with --having to reset every effect before every show, then getting it wrong anyway --Lack of programmability in good effects --Lack of good sounds in programmable effects --Guitarist uses them as an excuse to turn up and add more distortion --Drummer gives us all dirty looks for ruining his perfect beats --Can anyone even tell they're on? --Cliff Williams never uses them --"SOMETHING JUST ******* QUIT WORKING AND I'VE GOT NO IDEA WHAT!!!" I think it all boils down to this one: --I look awesome stepping on pedals The effects are in the show.