pickups, cables, strings, picks and weather formations impact the listener. Truth be told, 90% of our audience has not the slightest idea what we obsess about; all they want is a good song!
And over the years, I have felt frustration, then wonder, then resignation upon realizing that I sound exactly the same no matter what I play through. The sound is in our fingers, and in our experiences, and in our soul. Its much more important to have something to say than spend all our time freaking out about how to make it sound just so.
In the end, making music is about examining your own life in the context of your experience, and ultimately about being first and foremost a good human being. It is that vibe which an audience picks up, and which bonds them to you. The voice may fade into oblivion, but the song lingers on like a fragrant memory, giving joy and solace
long after the event.