Thanks folks. I have gotten used to criticism. I obviously don't play exactly like Jerry or Trey and certainly don't have the same skills, but some people tend to forget those things when tone is the subject. Yes, a certain amount of the overall sound comes from technique, but when I refer to tone, I mean the basic tone given by the instrument and the gear that would be present regardless of the player.
I left the gear page years ago because there were a lot of critics over there, but hardly anyone willing to post a video to back up any of their arguments. There were lots of owners of the popular Languedoc clone guitars that are not even real archtops. The people I've seen building actual archtops usually incorporate something of their own into the look of the instrument simply because of the stigma around Languedoc's dislike for the clones. I think Languedoc's main issue is that the clones are usually a flat top hollow body which actually defeats the purpose of trying to reproduce the sound. It's funny, it's the opposite with tributes to Jerry's guitars. Builders of Jerry tributes seem to put a great deal of emphasis on the aspects that produce the tone, where most of the Languedoc clones are just look alikes.