I guess I differ in approach from a lot of other guitarists. I'm not so much interested in "nailing" this tone or that tone. I'm interested in a guitar>pedals>amp rig that will function the way I need it to in various situations. I don't really care how close it sounds to someone else playing in similar situations, I want it to feel musical for me. By "musical" I mean it should cooperate with me and not fight me. If my mind says "do this," I want to hear that through my rig. One problem I've experienced owning disparate electric guitars is that pickup character and gain structure is way different. If I optimize my rig to sound good with a strat, it's probably going to sound like shiite with a bucker equipped guitar. For me, that's why standardizing on Strats has been a godsend. I own two. They're enough alike that I can use them interchangeably, but also different enough that if I need to get really specialized, I can grab one or the other. I find that liberating. Generally, I'm happiest in life with just enough. Not enough and I obsess over acquiring stuff. Too much and I experience paralysis and confusion over choice. Minimalism also allows me to put a fine point on things. I should also mention that, reflecting back on 53 years of playing, I've wasted a ton of money chasing the "ultimate" such and such. Ultimate bucker guitar, ultimate acoustic, ultimate amp. I seem to be much happier with really nice utilitarian things. Partscasters, middle of the road acoustic, dead stock but very nice production bass. I like that sweet spot. I think overall satisfaction (for me at least) might be tied to value. When I spend a lot, I expect the heavens to open up and to receive a divine revelation. With utilitarian instruments, I just want them to play decently well and sound great plugged in. I want them to not embarrass me, especially at an audition. That's why I play a Stingray bass. It works in any context. It's also why I ditched a couple of amps. One in particular that I built myself. It face planted during a couple of auditions and that was it for it.