"While intonation's, of course, important, I've heard players make an intonated guitar sound out of tune. Usually it's a combination of uneven finger pressure when fretting, taller ("modern") frets, and heavy-handed…"
"How a pickup is mounted definitely makes a difference with tone:
1) Suspended w/springs (typical Fender & Gibson)
2) Suspended w/rubber tubing (some Fender)
3) Suspended w/plastic or metal spacer (custom)
4) Mounted directly to the body…"
"I like the 3-barrel saddles because of the tone - more solid & punchy, preferably the big brass barrels. That said, comp'd saddles (Barden and Wilkenson styles) can be implemented to make intonation setup easier. However, the standard…"
"I like the Elixir PB, but the G & D strings always break (usually in the middle of a worship service) - never broke a string in two decades till I started using Elixirs. That said, I switched to EXP PB and have been really pleased with the tone…"
"The mic's where it's at for tone, but for a loud worship band... it can get ugly very quickly! That said, if a loud band isn't an issue, then go with the mic - they're more natural and intimate sounding."
"Boss Flanger, Chorus, or Phaser... swirling ALL the time! :D
Other than some eq (to fix things) and reverb or delay (for depth), I keep it pretty simple. When I'm on flattop, it's an airy, woody, acoustic tone I'm after. Now when it…"
"Sure... cables make a difference, but it's a matter of whether it's a better difference or not. For me, I'm looking for consistency, which is where a particular 'brand' of cable can become important (for instance, if I need…"
"I'm all for a good quality stomp tuner w/ a silent tune feature. I've used the Boss TU2 for good results, but have gone w/ the TC for my electric pedalboard since it's true bypass. But both work great/well enough for…"
"Careful w/stainless. I went w/ 6105 stainless and did NOT like the tone. I'd try some examples prior to dropping $400 on a refret, hoping to never do it again, only to result in another $400 refret.
"If you can buy the ASAT or the Nash (both are great), then why not save up a little more and buy an Anderson or Suhr (which is on your wish list)? Otherwise, just go with a Mexican, Japanese, or American Fender and do some parts swaps. Lastly, as…"
"Keep it simple, but start w/a good foundation: Fender/Vox/Marshall all tube amp (essentially, a very rich clean tone). Add an overdrive pedal (or two), a pedal tuner, and a delay. If you want more options, add mod effects, wahs, tap tempo delays,…"
"Fender Tele w/Dimarzio Area T p'up set
Fender Strat w/Suhr SSC system
The most significant aspect after tone is that everything's humbucking/quiet.
All of this into 1) some effects then BF Fender Deluxe or Bassman, or 2) Soldano…"
"I play electric only if I have a bass and drums, otherwise I use a flattop. That said, I use both in the band (leaning toward electric, ala Tommy Walker & Chris Falson). But, it's really a matter of how you're inspired to lead.…"