Nothing wrong with a tele and a deluxe. As you say: "Classic." Love em both.I have about as plain vanilla gear as possible -- tele and deluxe reverb . I set both tone controls at 5. And I still sound just like me because a) it's in your fingers and b) that setup sounds like me.
Me, too. My first thought after reading the OP was: if I did that, I'd still spend my time using the feedback loop between my ears and fingers to dial the damn thing in for my sounds, sounds I get with a variety of equipment I already own (so no need to reinvent the wheel).I've spent my life learning to sound like me. I'm pretty happy about it.