Yes, I know this is the gear page and of course I love playing around with new gear as much as anyone but really... getting great tone is pretty simple IMO. I've seen it come from almost limitless sources, from 50 yr old sears amps to cutting edge modern designs. But it's really not that hard. A decent guitar that holds tune, a few pedals if you want, a reasonably well built amp. Decide what you're looking for and there's almost limitless choices out there, all will pretty much achieve what you are looking for with a minimal amount of research. There just isn't a "elusive" magical combination of stuff that will suddenly open up new doors of tone unheard of before in any other combination IMO. I mean I read so many thread where people act shocked that a $3000 amp sounds incredible. Why is that shocking again? I mean shouldn't a $3000 amp sound incredible? I'm much more "shocked" when I see a guy with totally average gear, cheap even and still gets incredible tone. That's when you start to realize it's really just not that hard.