No stated facts, no charts n graphs, no frequency analyzer readings, just what's floating in my head. Ever wonder: How come this new amp that made my innards tingle at the guitar store doesn't sound the same now that it's in my house? Last night I was having the time of my life playing away, amazing tone! Yet today, same amp, same guitar, same amp settings, it sounds a bit off? *Note: I will exclude pedals in this discussion because I want to. I think "In my opinion" (hence the title, clever how I worked that in no?) there's a certain amount of pre conceived anticipated perception on what you would like to hear and in an excitable moment like buying a new amp or strat. And sometimes you hear what you want vs hearing what is. Therefore, it is my humble opinion that for me (include yourself if you wish, not mandatory) it's roughly 80% ME and 20% gear. Does this make sense? If I sound confusing PLEASE say so, sometimes what's in my head doesn't always come out the way I intend. Your thoughts?