Guitarists always end up sounding like themselves and no matter what gear they're using you can always tell right away who it is from the resulting sound. A Gibson Les Paul through a Marshall, is ALWAYS going to be a recipe for a good sound and many producer shall give you a friendly nod when you turn up at a session using those. But as personal as the sound of the individual player is, his choice of gear is just as Personal and sometimes they end up using stuff which make people go "Huh?" and sometimes it will make people go "NO WAY!" So let's talk about instances where well known players use that kind of gear. Ritchie Blackmore during Deep Purple's performance at the Cal jam. To his right stands the most unlikely of stage gear a guitarist would use. An Aiwa Tape recorder, which he used a multi effects unit, to provide him with overdrive and delay. This very unlikely piece of gear was an essential part of his sound. And apparently, it still is. This is the HOP Box "Hand Operated Processor" which was meant to put the early MIDI and sampling technology of the Synclavier into arms' reach of stage musicians. As you might have guessed, it was mostly aimed at Studio guys and Keyboard players, why would a guitarist go anywhere NEAR something like that? Well Pat Metheny started using it, discovering along the way that apparently Donkeys are nature's best Blues singers. Now that Fender made a mistake or two during their tenure as a guitar manufacturer is well documented but their first forray into Solid State amps was perhaps their biggest mistake. In a very ironic way their claim that the Super Showman is "Ear splitting" is right on the money. But not just by its sheer volume, because those early fender Solid State amps sounded shrill and metallic. Fender learned the hard way that sheer volume came second place to a GOOD SOUND. But apparently there was one player who found his sound in that very reviled amp. Of course Jan Akkerman is the kind of player who can make a a Toys R Us sold guitar sound good.