I have been playing mostly an acoustic, but got an electric and a basic 15W Amp (it has Gain 1, Gain 2, Treble, Contour, Bass and Reverb knobs - no distortion or chorus or wah) to start with electric. Now, I am looking to add some effects (NEVER used any effects, so please excuse my utter ignorance). Guitar - used Fender Squier (yeah yeah, I know I should get an original US Fender Strat or Tele, but I just got this pretty cheap and I figured I'd start with this for now), Amp - Marshall (Valvestate VS15R). Don't want to jump into multi effects or more funky stuff (at least not yet). And in any case, I've read that its better to have individual pedals instead of a single multi effects like Korg AX 1500 G etc. if I can afford it. Or is it better off to go with a multi effects and take care of this effects thingy once and for all (especially if I am not going to be doing anything serious like recording or playing on stage or something - at least not yet, probably never !)? I don't play (or intend to play) heavier than GNR/Metallica/Nirvana but would also play easier rock (or call it pop/rock) like Eagles/Beatles as well as blues from Clapton as well as Hindi. With that in mind, I guess the the questions I have are: 1. I understand the Treble and Bass knobs, can I get a quick explanation of the difference between Gain 1 and Gain 2 knobs on my amp? Are they 2 stages of pre-amp? What is the Contour? Also, any suggestions on how to use these knobs effectively i.e. how do you mix 'n match these levers (like turning down the Gain 1 and turning up the Reverb or some such combination?) on my amp and how does it change depending on type of song/artist - I know some of this is experimental, but am wondering if I could get a head start. Assuming I am going with individual pedals, next 2 questions: 2. What pedals do I start off with? I guess a Distortion is probably a good starting point - Boss DS-1 or Boss DS-2? Or Boss Blues Drive pedal? I read that a good distortion pedal in low setting can serve as an overdrive (DS-2 in the low setting), do I need an overdrive and a distortion if this is true? 3. As I start playing more, what's next to add and in what order? Something like this or a different order? a. Wah pedal b. Chorus c. Flanger d. <whatever else> Basically, any good advice for an electric novice (for a halfway decent acoustic player and hopefully continuing to enhance my playing)???? Some real professionals on this forum, and am sure at least some would have probably started with acoustic and graduated to electric - can they help? Thanks in advance, people.