I agree about technology, but sometimes I feel like theres too much of it as far as guitars are concerned. Most guys here (not all) have a sound in their heads that they are trying to achieve. These companies come out with aftermarket parts that they claim wil do this, or do that. The biggest factor in your tone is your hands, Your touch and technique. Second is a good amplifier. How many times have we heard guys complaining that they cant achieve the lets say "Clapton Beano" tone, no matter how they tweak their guitars...then you find out they are playing through a hundred dollar Traynor amplifier! duh!!...no kidding! If you have the time and patience to adjust your playing style and a top quality all tube amp, youd be surprised at how much your tone will improve, and you wont be fooled into thinking that aftermarket bolts the weighs a fraction of a gram more than stock will do anything but empty your wallet.