Peltogyne I will listen to this when I get home, I can't access Youtube in the office it's blocked! I've heard lots of bad tone on recordings, yes, you are quite right, many of them are played regularly. I didn't mean that 'all' studio recordings have good tone, I just meant that tone 'should' matter in the studio because that is a controlled environment. Playing different venues is quite another matter, like you rightly said, the amp's tone needs to be adjusted to compensate for each venue, and full or half full of people, of course that will make a huge difference. There are some though that are just tone deaf, they are not able to find good tone even though they have every pedal and amp setting to play with. A great example of that is a guy who made many videos he posted on Youtube, dictating to us that we should stop debating the tonewood issue and concentrate upon our playing, then he plays his guitar; at that moment, it's clear why he is so irate about the subject of tone, he can play, however his tone 'to me' sounds awful. I think it's easier to detect when an instrument is out of tune, but tone, I think tone is something that you really have to train your ears to recognise and truly appreciate.