The whole " Tone is in the hands" thing is really a crock. Equipment makes sound, not your hands. Don't believe me? Try making your "tone" with no equipment. Of course, some people get on their high horse and post trite 3rd grade sayings like " if you can't play equipment won't help" or " a good player can make cheap gear sound good" Duh. Thank you for your pearls of wisdom, Captain Obvious. That doesn't change the fact that different guitars and amps can SOUND different. I cannot understand how any reasonable adult capable of critical thinking would say "Sound is in the hands" No, it's not. Stevie Ray Vaughn used a Tube Screamer- why??? Why didn't he just use his hands to add extra gain???? Is a Benedetto arch top with a floating Dearmond thru a Polytone going to be capable of playing Death Metal???? Can your hands do that???? Example 1: This is me playing the Crazy Train solo ( which a million people on YouTube play better than me) First is with a single coil MIM- 2nd is a partscaster with a DiMarzio PAF. The guitars sound different - and that SOUND has absolute nothing to do with my hands.