I kind of think that Brent Mason KNOWS what he wants. When you guys can play like him (or Danny Gatton) then maybe you can question it.
I checked a few videos real quick and he has the trees right where they are in the pict in this thread. But hey, what the hell does Brent Mason know, right?
Brent Mason is also a human being and human beings are pattern recognition animals. Red berries kill member of group, red berries must be bad. Caves bad cause sabertooth tigers may be in them. Pattern recognition was what kept us alive. It also causes us to think that there are patterns when there aren't. That is why we have conspiracy theories. And some would argue religions. And the same applies to guitars and guitar players. Hmm, strings of brand X break less, therefore they must be better. Picks of brand Y play better, therefore they must be better. And sometimes our system sees patterns where there aren't. Like tonewood. Brent Mason is human like the rest of us so he too may think something works for him that the rest of us might think are bonkers. It might work, it might be his pattern recognition causing him to think it is.
And even if it weren't the case, what works for Brent Mason doesn't have to work for you. Some people love fat necks, others hate them.
Yes we do, and not all of them do sound amazing. Many are altered and the ones that are not regularly played do not sound good.
Wood is a random variable but it IS quantifiable even if you can't readily replicate it . I always tell my customers not to try and have an "identical" guitar as a back up to there main stage instrument because it won't be exactly the same and they will consequently have a favourite and not use the other. Better to but something different and celebrate the difference. This is also a song reason for never having a custom built guitar built for you. The last 5% is not in the builders gift. It's not mojo it's a large number of tiny differences that add up to one big one.
I had two identical Strats, exact same model and series. One played good, the other played great. So I agree, just like electronic components have tolerances so two identical pedals of the same production run can sound different, the same applies to guitars. Which is why you shouldn't order guitars online but try them out in person.