I think you are confusing "Tone" withe "Style". I'm not sure anyone here wants to copy the "sound" of anyone else. When I'm out demo'ing amps, or buying a guitar. I have as a benchmark a tone I'm looking for. It would make no sense to try to buy and amp with a tone I've never heard before simply for the sake of being different. I don't want to copy anyones style. But when I hear Timmons, and I consider some of my tonal inflections, I think his amp tone would work well for me. I used to try hard to get Brad Gillis's tone from Night Ranger. I had the Boogie's and all, but sense it comes alot from the hands, it just wasn't happening. But I'm talking amp tone here. As in, Who's amp tone do you most want?
Darin...... no confusion here, let me give you an example. For instance EJ, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Carlos Santana and Sonny Landreth have all used Dumble amps at some point or another. Same with Marshall (older JTM 45's, JTM 50's, model 1959SLP and 1987X heads) for example have been the standard for many a "rock legend" to "get their tone"! Randall Smith got his start trying to give players a cross between several amps. How do I know??? Well, I had several conversations with both Randall and Ravene Smith when I purchased my first Boogie. They were trying to offer musicians an amp that offered a broader "tonal" range than just your typical "British" or "West Coast" tone. Randall wanted to combine the best of both worlds.
Then you throw in the Trainwreck...... and you'd be surprised at what albums those amps were used on. Probibaly the most noted is the early Brian Adams releases. Maybe someone needs to ask If Billy Gibbons ever plugged into one. Heck, Ken Fischer was an amp genius. (unfortunately we just lost him this last weekend..... RIP Ken Fischer) Some of his first work was at Ampeg..... another amp I used for several years (Ampeg V-4's) and man those things were great amps as long as you could crank them. I remember using one 4X12 cab loaded with Altec Lansings and one 4X12 loaded with Electro-Voice SRO's miking both cabinets and "blending" them in the mix for a unique guitar tone.
So no...... no confusion here between player "style/technique" and achieving great guitar tone. Tone is a very subjective issue among players. You want good tone???? Sure get good equipment, but bottom line is the bulk comes from the player and his inflection. I can't sound exactly like EJ but I'd bet he can't sound exactly like me either. Truly great tone comes from lots of practice and technical versatility, experimenting with different amps and speaker combinations and most importantly YOU! Since I believe the real path to great tone involves three simple elements Your attitude, your capability, and lastly what you plug into. Keep pickin and a grinnin......