Nick, he's not implying you're dumb or anything, he's saying that if all these have issues with apparently every piece of gear you own (at one time or another), or "issues" then it's entirely possible you have unaddressed technique issues. Right, left, or both. Maybe you think you've got solid technique, but don't. I sounded fine ("fine") playing through my Ibanez GSR200 and Crate combo amp. Then I went to a guitar store. I plugged a fretted Pedulla into an SWR 4x10 and head. I thought something was wrong with the amp. While I was playing visually correct, in that I couldn't *see* anything wrong, mechanically, my technique was a mess, and the gear proved it. And, if all your gear, every last piece of it, seemingly, gives you fits, then, rationally, wouldn't it be possible it's your playing/technique?