There’s a great story of a time Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) had the opportunity to play through Eddie Van Halen’s rig. As a lifelong VH fan, he was excited to experience the brown sound for himself. But it didn’t go as planned. After slamming out his first chords, he realized he still sounded like Jerry Cantrell. Even the most famous guitar rig in rock ‘n’ roll couldn’t change that.
I took this article with a pinch of salt...it is a Sweetwater article and they sell...errr...gear! But I like the debate, there certainly a balance to be found?