1 Zigracer 9 months ago I asked a friend of mine who is a very nice player, if he would like to sit in for a couple of songs at last week's gig. I chose two songs that he could easily solo over using a minor pentatonic scale. I offered to him that he could plug into the second channel in my amp, or there are a couple of other tricks I could use to get his electric guitar sound added to the mix.Glenn politely declined and was concerned that he wouldn't be able to get "his sound" without bringing his latest iteration of effects/amps, etc. Glenn came to the gig and we talked tone and gear during the breaks. Glenn and I always like to talk about gear anyway.So that got me pondering, what is it that we feel we need for our particular sound? Let me first put out that the concept of x percent of a person's tone is in his/her fingers/technique is a given in MHO. So moving beyond that, I thought of some of the greats: Duane, SRV, Harrison, Setzer and others. It seems that their gear all changed and evolved over time, yet for certain periods, there was some consistency in their equipment that helped with a particular type of sound.There's been some discussion on this forum as to how people like to hear their own guitar, and often times the response is a picture of a guitar, amp and cord. Other times there have been threads about using reverb, echo or one of Tavo's mystery seltzer brain products as a kind of baseline. I've talked with Proteus about compression.As for me, I don't know if I have a particular sound other than sloppiness. Lately I've been trying to incorporate some jazz/standards into my vocabulary. For that, I roll off the treble to find a tone I like and use a little reverb. When I'm playing covers, I'm either clean with a little verb, or I add effects such as echo, chorus, distortion or grit to get the sound I'm looking for for that particular tune. I like some overdrive for bluesy type stuff. I never try to sound exactly like anyone else (even if I could), but try to get a sound and tone that captures the spirit or mood of the song. It's all about communication of an idea to me. So what do you need to get your sound?