Tone, Technique, Style and Gear
A player's tone, technique, style and choice of gear tend to evolve hand-in-hand. It's not enough to say that a player's tone comes from his fingers (i.e. from how he approaches the instrument), even though that's true. It's also not enough to say that every equipment nuance makes some difference, even that's also true. The two are inextricably related.
An experienced player responds to (and adjusts) the gear at hand to get the sound he wants to hear. Changes in picking intensity, hand position, and control settings can all make a huge difference in sound.
Over time a player will experiment with equipment to get the sounds he most wants to hear with the least effort and the best response to his technique. Some players find this balance early and stick with it. Others continue the quest throughout their playing lifetime.
Changing equipment almost always elicits some accommodation from an experienced player. The player is not a machine... his approach to the next note is not unvarying but rather depends upon many factors, most important of which is how he perceived his equipment's response to the last note.