I spent a big chunk of the last couple months travelling and catching live music locally. I grew up in a town pretty much devoid of live music so it's always a treat to see some "real musicians". One thing I noticed (with one exception) was all of the guitar players (all working class nobody's earning a living) all played rosewood Strats. The one exception was the guy in a cruise ship orchestra who swapped out his Strat for an Ibanez jazz box for a jazz set one night. The next day he was back on the Strat. No Les Paul's, no shred machines, no PRS etc. Just Strats. And they sounded great! The gear was all cheap stuff too. Nothing boutique. Another constant was they ALL had a guy running a mixer at the back if the room. Probably the most important part.