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Some guitars, you pick them up and play them and instantly you can tell that there’s no magic there. The strings sound dull; the action feels stiff; there’s no presence to the notes; the instrument feels wholly inanimate in your hands, like a machine or a tool-quite literally like an ax. It’s hard to be inspired with such a lifeless instrument.

But then there are those rare guitars that are imbued with magic. You touch them and they sing. You can play no wrong notes on these wondrous instruments. The sound is so rich and alive, the tones resonate with so much personality that you can practically feel a living presence in the wood you are cradling in your arms. In those inspired moments you and your guitar are working together as one, like jockey and thoroughbred racing toward the finish line.

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