So most of the music and bands I’m into use the very stereotypical 5150 into a V30 cab with a tubescreamer (and for the bands I listen to usually EMG’s). Now I could just get the exact same gear myself if I’m going for the same vibe/style and call it a day. Or I could experiment with other options to find something I like either through trial and error or just try stuff out, and not care at all about what others use.
When you’re looking at gear do you let what others use (influences, peers, trends, etc) influence/guide you on what to get, or do you just find what you like regardless of whether it’s something the majority uses? Do you use the baseline as a “template” and tweak/customize from there?