Except the guitar is what you, the musician, actually touches. Better guitars almost always feel better and play better. Of course, you hit the wall of diminishing returns at around $1,000 to $1,500 but no way will a $150 guitar feel as good as a $1,000 without major work. Factor in that cost.Yup, I see your point. The amp, cabinet, speakers and what's in the signal chain is all critical and paramount to the end result. The guitar itself?...well, not so much.
Agree that if anything has made leaps and bounds in the guitar world it is signal chains especially digital modeling. Guitars have improved at the lower price point because of better manufacturing process. But the majority of tone is in the signal chain.Yup, I see your point, OP. The amp, cabinet, speakers and what's in the signal chain is all critical and paramount to the end result. The guitar itself?...well, not so much. I've been subscribing to this view for many years.
I loved the sound of this guy's rig, whatever it was, and the fact that he was making it happen with a $150 Donner speaks volumes about folks being far too obsessed with the guitar. Videos like this make me chuckle when I think of all the players who say things like "I love how my guitar sounds" or "this guitar sounds great". Uhm, well, it's not really your guitar that you're hearing - it's the rig.
Wasn't all gain on that vid.Okaaaaaay.........
With that much gain, just about any guitar will sound good. Especially cheap humbuckers with a lacking high end.
I had an ec256 that slayed under gain, but absolutely sucked clean.
But, a pickup swap and controls goes a long way these days.
I have plenty of 3 to 500 dollar guitars to prove it.