I'm an old blues-playing dinosaur from the sixties - I've heard some really great players from the past who had huge tone and dynamics and could chill you with one note - but I'm not hearing it now. I go into the big guitar store and guess what? Some guy has got hold of a guitar that's the £ equivalent of $3000. He goes over to the nearest high gain amp, turns the gain up 11 and makes a $5 noise! A horrible racket of nasty distortion coupled with widdling "musical masturbation" that sounds like a toy guitar through a tiny cheap tranny amp - only louder! He grins; he thinks he's got great tone! I feel for the poor guys that work in the store! Now I've lost count of the bands I've heard clear the bar with a blur of garbled self indulgent ear assault - surely there has to be some acknowledgement of tone, feel, dynamics, clarity - an ability to listen to other musicians in the band; to actually accompany the singers and even - to play chords! Now I'm going to upset the cart by saying; If you can't play clean - you can't play! Sure, we all like harmonic distortion and letting it rip - sometimes - but if you are going to work with other musicians and singers you are going to be expected to supply something sympathetic and complimentary and not go "yadda! yaddy! yadda!" Is it maybe that younger folk haven't heard the great players of the past who really did have "tone?" Of course each generation has it's own thing but do they think "metal" is all there is? And if you are going to pay a lot of money for a guitar that has great tone it should be heard, not murdered!