The amp you play through matters, because it's at least half (probably way more) of the tone recipe. And tone is so subjective, to the point that squawking sounds to one person may be creamy endless sustain to another. Think about it this way: if there were an ultimately ideal guitar and ideal amp that made the True Sounds of Heaven, everybody would be playing it and many makers would be out of business. Despite that, some guitars are just duds. And some are gems right off the rack. Play ten identical guitars (same make/model) side by side, and one of them will sound better than the others. One of them will feel and play better than the others. If you're lucky, one guitar will the the one that sounds best *and* plays best. The real beauty of all this is you can walk away with the best sounding one, and then dial in the setup to get it playing great.