I’ve always been kinda envious of the gear nerd musicians I’ve known. I can’t be bothered to learn that much about gear and usually I just end up lucking onto a cool sound when I do fiddle with the rig I have. Much like my cooking skills, it’s usually impossible for me to recreate. (ZolarCzakl can attest to that one).
But I will lay out my one secret weapon in trying to pinpoint guitar sounds: Guitar Geek.com.
The fine folk at GG have laid out the schematical setup of just about every guitarist worth listening to. Neat stuff in here for guitar players.
My personal favorite setup? J. Mascis of Dinosaur, Jr.. Awesome!