One might ask themselves: vilk, how have you been playing guitar for 15 years and have never once owned or operated an FX pedal? The answer probably has something to do with being more concerned about playing well for most of those years without ever really paying too much attention to my own tone. The only band I was ever in was a black metal band, when I was 16, and iirc I did in fact crank the gain treb bass and scoop the mids. I'm certain that anyone who saw us could not even begin to hear what I was playing ... but even after that I never really delved into the world of good tones... it's easy not to care about your tone when you don't perform or record, but I've since begun to care quite a lot about tone the past several years, even though I'm just playing quietly by myself in my living room. Yesterday I got my first ever FX pedal, a digitech FreQout, as detailed in the "sustainer pedal" thread in this section. But enough about me! Is an FX pedal drawing electricity at all times when it's plugged in, or only when you switch it on? I bet it might depend on the pedal, so lets say for a pedal with 'true bypass'... doesn't that mean if it's not lit up then it's not "on" and not running up your com-ed bill? ------------- Separate but related: what do you recommend as far as power strips for music gear? I think some of this stuff draws a lot more electricity than your everyday lamp or cable modem. Also, the damned plug holes on my power strips are too close together, I can only fit 3 things in it even though it's supposed to fit 6. Any of you guys in love with a particular brand or model of power strip, maybe geared toward musicians who have bulky 9V adapters or high power monitors etc? One where you can fit all you shit on there and it's not unsafe? I tried a quick google search and nothing really jumped out at me, then there are lots of random radioshack/aliexpress strips that who knows if they are OK to plug all sorts of high power stuff into... Any sorta advice on this much appreciated! Thanks!