The biggest difference between me and other players is that I don’t use effects
to color my parts. I create guitar parts using effects. They’re a crucial
element of what I do so I don’t consider them a crutch… They’re a part of the art.
This is why I bought a $500 effects box and only spent $400 on my guitar and amp combined (granted, I got amazing deal on the latter). To me, having an electric guitar is all about playing with interesting sounds.