> You will never get the exact sound of Keith. The
> guitar, amp, strings, pick, etc is only part of
> the sound. It's the player that contributes a lot
> to the sound too. If Keith playes a Korean Ibanez
> imitation, he will sound more like him, than if I
> play on a 5-string Telecaster and Twin.
Well, if I grab my Tele and pump it through my Boogie Mark IIB, I bet you won't know by the sound it's me playing and not Keith in 1978. Same for the Victoria's. I bet with your eyes closed nobody will know it's you on that Telecaster, and not Keith. In fact, for guitarists it's a bit of a curse. One of the all-time best sounds is a cranked up Twin or Blues Deluxe, but that is so much Keith's signature sound that it becomes a ripp off just too soon. For example, in my new band I play Marshall, and not my Boogie, just too sound less like the Stones...
I have played two Victoria's, one 20112 (that is 20 watts, 1 12" speaker, say a Tweed Deluxe) and a 50212, which is the Twin copy. To my ears, they are the absolute very best available on the market, maybe except for the originals (if they are serviced well, most vintage ones sound like crap as they have detoriated over the years). It such a different experience, playing through these amps.
About the bassman: over the years, some stories have become "thruth", like Keith using Bassman's and Champs, or Wood playing Tumbling Dice in E9 tuning, or Keith playing T&A in open tuning. Most of the time, these stories come from guitar magazines where the journalist makes a mistake, or make things up. I have a fair amount of studio pictures, but I have never seen a bassman or a champ.