First, a suggestion to the site mods/ admin: Should there be a category on the forum for "Instruments and Sound Sources" where a person can ask questions about instruments, their associated gear and other sound sources (since the signal chain begins with these)? A lot of people on this forum also play instruments which they use to record with and may have questions specific to them that don't really have a place anywhere else within the current caterories. I didn't know where to ask my question so it is here in "Pro Audio Gear". If it should be moved, please do so. On to my question... There seems to be a million choices out there for guitar effects. What is best? I want good sound quality, not necessarily an all-in-one unit that does everything okay, but if there is an all-in-one unit that does everything very well then that would be good. Should an electric guitarist be looking for something digital (DSP pod-type) or for something analog in the way of individual pedals? What pedal brands are pro and which are not? Are there certain effects that are, in general, lame? At what price range does a person go from pro-consumer to professional with effects pedals? I've never looked at them before. Basically, I have a friend who is an acoustic guitar player getting into electric guitar and he doesn't know where to begin to look for effects pedals/ equipment. So, for the other equipment, does the guitar quality come into play or just the pickups in that guitar? What about the amp and cabinet - suggestions on brand, models, size, quality, etc.? I know that's a loaded question. In case it matters, the style of music is contemporary Christian pop, rock, & worship.