So I have a bit of time to reflect on my own thoughts lately and this is what came to mind this morning. For a dozen years or so , I played guitar in church. Don’t let this throw anyone off the thread. This is applicable to anyone who plays through a sound system that is mixed by someone else. A few years back I had “my sound” dialed in. An ash / maple strat with Van Zandt pickups, snake oil nickel strings, Herco flex 50 picks, monster cable, Peavey Classic 30 with a perfect mix of Tung-sol, EH and JJ tubes running into an Eminence Texas heat speaker. I liked it. Miked it up just so to the mains and let the sound man take it from there. I heard a recording made of us and he had me tweaked out to where my guitar sounded like a drunk bumblebee trying to chew it’s way out of an empty beer can. I drug my gear home and came back with an acoustic. Why bother. I know we all discuss tone etc... ad nauseum. Amps in isolation boxes, tube vs. modeling. Amps vs. multi effects processors. It may matter much less than we want it to. Anyway, first criteria for a sound man is that he is technically competent. Past that, he needs a good ear. I’m just thinking.