I am learning and experimenting with Maschine Mk2, a MIDI Keyboard, and Komplete 9 for my pursuit of making music, a very EDM/DAW approach. When I got Komplete, although it came with Guitar Rig 5 and all the add-ons, it doesn't see any use despite it being a very, very powerful guitar processing system with tons of amp emulations and Rammfire.
I played guitar for a little over a year back in high school, and used a $99 Squier Mexi-Strat, and a little 40W Marshall. For learning video game tabs and practicing chords, it was sufficient, but I always coveted the sound of the Warlock Widow. I felt the guitar sounded deeper, chunkier and more metal - many told me this was because of the pickups. Then, I didn't have the budget to experiment and didn't spend much time at a Guitar Center, so I never learned much more around the gear end of things.
This was right around the time the Line6 POD came out and amp emulation type stuff was still coming into being. Being a dumb high school kid, I turned up my nose at my friend's POD and championed the virtues of my "real amp". However, I do recall that in an attempt to convince me otherwise, he had me hook into the POD and got my piddly little Squier to sound quite a bit more "thumpingly Warlock-y", however it was still a bit lifelessly digital.
Now, things have come a long way, and stuff like Guitar Rig and Rammfire exist. I'm beginning to think I want to own a guitar again so I can enjoy the Rammfire I already own.
With so much advancement in the power of guitar DSP in the 10+ years since I last paid any attention, how much does the quality of my electric guitar actually matter now? If I just pick up another $99 Squier or something of that sort, can the DSP of Guitar Rig do the work to make it really slam, or will the mundanely plain pickups of it hamstring my efforts? How much of a difference would I actually see if I stepped up to the $250 for a Warlock?