Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Hillsdale, MI USA
Re: signature equipment
Also, remember that there is a lot more going on in a certain player's tone than just a guitar plugged into an amp. I'm not talking technique either.
To give you a little info, I'm not the type of player that tries to learn a lot of other bands songs, but I absolutely love reading about their gear and set-ups.
A signature guitar is not the same thing as the artist's actual guitars, usually. Often, lurking beneath a similar exterior are different woods, hardware, and a lot of times custom wound pups. Amps are usually modded. Pedals are usually modded. What you can buy in the store and what the artist actually uses in concert are more often than not two very different beasts.
So, if you are after a certain artist's tone, I would suggest doing some research before jumping in on the equipment.
However, if you are just worried about some sort of stigma being attached to you for "trying to copy" a famous artist, well that's just silly. You can go to Gibson/Fender/Dean/Ibanez/ESP/Whatever and find signature models. If they make sig models, then clearly there's a market that says there is enough demand to support releasing this type of guitar, so you wouldn't be the only one interested.
BTW, I am currently madly in love with the new Dean Michael Amott sig. What a sick looking guitar.