You often hear people say that they tried a guitar in a shop and had to buy it because it sounded perfect, and out of the 5 they tried, it was "the one".
So much can affect tone, that it makes me wonder if this is just an illusion. Production methods now are so consistent, that isn't it fair to say that the age of the strings, the setup and the height of the pups ect, have more to do with it? An example is a guitar I bought. It arrived and sounded very base heavy to me, not the tone I liked. So i changed the strings, did a setup and adjusted the pups until I found the tone I wanted.
I'm surprised by the number of guitarist that can't do basic setups on their guitars, and I'm wondering if it's this lack of knowledge/ability to alter the tone of their guitars, that is creating this belief about perfect guitars.
If I summarize what I'm trying to get at, it's that there are so many adjustments you can make to a guitar that will alter the tone. Just because a guitar doesn't sound spot on when to pick it off the shelf, doesn't mean it can't sound perfect with some tinkering.
Am I right, or am I completely missing something?