I'll add to this that, as time goes on, and you start trying to figure stuff out without using the tab online... You may need to start paying attention to the person you're trying to learn a lick from's gear.
I have this problem. I'll be trying to learn a lick from Dickey Betts on say... Stormy Monday, from the Live at the Fillmore album. I end spending more time trying to match the sustain and tone out of my effects box to get my strat to sound like his Les Paul. It just isn't going to happen, and that is fine. Some people, this won't matter. To me, as of today it matters lol. If he's getting 6 notes out of a bend and it's a hair away from feedback, and I can't get that same sustain... I'm lost as shit trying to figure out wtf is going on.
That and, I want a fucking Les Paul. (Or apparently a PRS after doing a bunch of research...) All my favorites play a LP.
SO I end up wasting a lot of time trying to get tone out my strat that isn't going to happen, no matter the effect, and am an audible imbecile apparently.
Helps that a lot of the old school blues guys are hella easier to follow with less band behind them to muddy up the sound.