I think yes to most pairs of guitar players.I had this conversation today with a real life guitar buddy. If we each had identical acoustic guitars and simply played the same scales with the same timing would others be able to distinguish who was who on a recording? Would our “sounds like me” differences manifest from just playing scales?
I can relate!Just today i picked up my acoustic and started playing, and thought... damn that sounds like that guy from Queensryche. The more i played the more it sounded like the acoustic part from "Silent Lucidity" Then when i went to throw it onto the looper, i totally lost my groove and thought nope that sounds like Bodia, only worse.
I noodle most of the time, so I guess yes I do.
You're growing old. Like yourself, I both noodle and putter about. Then I put the kettle on, and try to practice with some aplomb. The only thing I've discovered is how deep one can be immersed when they set their mind to it. In fact, this is what a student might do. Don't overthink it; avoid the "sharks and clams, but have a sense of porpoise in life."