As far as gear goes, I'm really happy with my tone. My rig is prolly gonna seem really simple compared to some of your guys' stuff, and that's how I prefer it. I play an Am. Std. Strat (with DAllen CS 69 Voodoos) decked, with 10's, through a 100 watt silverface twin, in which one of the speakers is a D120 (can't wait to get another!). Before the twin it was a 70 watt silverface Pro Reverb. Both are amazing amps, the trade deal actually worked out to where I get to keep them both, basically a trade and then buyback in installments. Between guitar and amp is an early 80's MIJ Boss DS-1, an Ibanez CS-9 chorus (also early 80's, really good years for effects IMHO) a standard Cry Baby wah, and an Ernie Ball volume pedal. Oh, and a Boss stompbox tuner. Soon to go in the chain will be a MXR Dyna Comp compressor and a Tube Screamer of some sort. I was thinking on getting an Earth Drive but I need all the extra cheddar I can get for another D120, so I'll prolly get a Maxon or an Ibanez and have it modded a la Analogman. I use Mogami cable, I buy it in bulk along with Neutrik plugs and make what I need. So that sums up my rig, and I gotta tell ya it sounds amazing. Does everything I want it to. I guess my main tone goal is more in keeping up my chops and being in a constant state of improvement and learning with guitar playing. It's easy to get complacent, and then out of the blue you hear something or play something that makes you wake up and get back to work. I want to be progressing every day, at a rate similar to that of when I get a proverbial fire lit under me.
"Why do the best things always disappear, like Ophelia?"