I was poking around the MotorAve website and came across Mark Fuqua's take on tone: http://www.motorave.com/tone.html His #1 most important factor - the player of course! Pretty common sense stuff, but it made me think that many of us seem to be chasing our tails in the hunt for the perfect guitar. I also wonder about how we are so easily influenced by marketing, and hype. Not that there aren't great guitars being built these days...we seem to be living in the golden age right now...but when is enough ever enough? Or is it more about finding a well-crafted guitar that will inspire you to discover new sounds and ideas? What are you after that has led you to boutique guitars?