I've been playing for 2 1/2 years and just tonight I realized how much the sound of your guitar depends largly on what part of your finger you use to fret. When I used the meat of my fingers to fret (not quite the tip of the finger) the sound of the guitar was typical, nothing special. When I used the very tip of my fingers to fret, the guitar came alive. The notes had more chime and sustain. The notes sounded much more solid. My guitar (01' S+P) sounded like it was worth 10 time what I paid for it. It's funny to think of how much money people waste on products to improve their tone when all it comes down to is how you play your guitar. I used to be one of thoes people (I'm glad I haven't spent too much money on snake oil). I have now realized to sound good on guitar, it's not the guitar you play, it's technique more than anything else.