. Getting a single pickup Junior and learning the tone characteristics of the volume and tone knobs plus picking technique and location on the guitar have on amp output dynamics. Swapping pots and caps are more important to fixing a guitar tone than pickup swaps. Pickup heights and guitar setup are critical too. Stacking pedals. Flipping enough guitars and amps to understand how little the gear can matter, especially when a fret level can make a $100 starter guitar play like a $1,000+ model and then get the tone with pots and caps swaps along with a switch and jack for under $30. .