If you haven't heard the song “The Guitar” by Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson do yourself a favor and give it a listen. Many a guitar or instrument has inspired a musician to new heights in an almost mystical way. The alchemy between a great guitar and an artist can be almost frightening. Still, the guitar that inspires greatness in one player may go dead in the hands of another.
The search for “the ONE” and stories of the guitar that got away are spread all over cyberspace in guitar forums. That old Martin you had the opportunity to play at a little store while you were waiting for the bus out of Birmingham when you were in college… or some such yarn. It is truly a treat to find that guitar and when we do, it may be the source of inspiration for months or years, but often we find ourselves needing something else.