Re: TO HAVE EFFECTS OR NOT, THAT IS THE QUESTION.
I love BBQ, and I had BBQ chicken for dinner tonight, so, lets say your sax sounds like BBQ chicken! I hope it doesn't, but bare with me here! It tastes pretty good, but I add a little honey to your sauce to sweeten it up a little bit. Mmmmmm, that's good chicken! Now uncle Bill decides to add a little salt, Maybe he added a little too much. Now Aunt Betty comes along and decides to add a little pepper, only your smartass cousin Billy Jr. thought it would be cute to unscrew the top to the pepper shaker, so when aunt Betty adds the pepper, she ends up adding a lot more than she intended, and now the BBQ sauce is ruined!
See where I'm going with this? A few effects can really add flavor to your sound, but too much, and you might as well be eating Chinese take-out!