To me Pete just sounds like Pete (and a lot like Eddie when he wants to). The gear differences are minor to me. I mean, there are subtle differences, but the differences are mostly trivial and non essential. The gear he uses does not matter, in that there are many ways he could go. The music would come across essentially the same. As a general rule. Obviously, if he makes a weird sound effect by diming the speed knob on a phaser, then to get that exact sound effect you'd have to do something along those lines. But the musical effect could still be achieved in a variety of ways.Again?
Has nobody watched Pete Thorn vids?
A- he can play 'like' EVH, at least to a casual listener.
B- he sounds different when he changes gear
C- he can sound good through many combinations
Did Ted (or whoever) try to play like EVH through EVH gear? Did he learn where all the settings and techniques were to pull out those sounds?
This 'debate' has always been a dumb troll question..
Gear is trivial. I mean, sometimes getting in the neighborhood of something is sort of important if you compulsively have to have something exact, but mosly that's a psychological hangup, in terms of creativity and music.