There's a somewhat well known Prog band that the keyboard players rehearses with two X7000's because all of the mellotron sounds they use live are sampled into it. They normally play live with three mellotron players but keeping them going is kind of a pain (and they've added some of the digital mellotrons to reduce maintenance). But the X7000's seems like a clever idea.Guitar wise for me there wasn't much that blew me away, although listening back to some old rehearsal cassettes I'm impressed by how good my Squier strat sounds.
I did love my (ahem..borrowed) Boss RDD-20.
This sampler was a revelation. You could get a whole string section in every song. And we pretty much did.
Brass stabs were everywhere.
I still smile when I hear a DX7