Steve Lukather voices support for the ‘tone is in the hands’ camp: “There’s no magic guitar, just magic people”

Steve Lukather
(Image credit: Brian Ach/Getty Images for Journey)

The ‘gear versus player’ debate – whether it’s the individual playing the gear or the gear itself that determines the overall quality of sound – seems to be edging closer to a conclusion with every passing day.

Not too long ago, Bettencourt recalled the time he played through Eddie Van Halen’s rig hoping to sound like the late guitar hero only to realize, “It’s all about your fingers.” Before that, John Petrucci experienced something similar when playing through Joe Satriani’s equipment.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.