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For a long time, the guitar-playing community has wondered what makes Dave Friedman's amps sound so good, and now we get to ask ourselves the same questions about his guitars. How is he able to take wires, capacitors, and wood that you or I could buy at a hardware store and turn them into otherworldly rock and roll machines? For the longest time, I thought it was because he spent twenty years studying amplifiers in solitude like some sort of distortion-obsessed monk, and then applied his knowledge of every detail and nuance of amplifier design to every single amp that passed through his shop. Seems like a reasonable assumption to make, right?
So, when the latest batch of Friedman guitars arrived fresh from NAMM, I assumed that I would find guitars whose powers spring from Dave Friedman and Grover Jackson's PhD-level knowledge of every little thing that makes a guitar great. But as soon as I pulled one out of the case, it became apparent that I was terribly wrong, and that there was something much more sinister at work.
When I wrapped my hand around the neck, I realized that these guitars are filled with the same sort of ancient, arcane magic that Robert Johnson tapped into when he made his journey to the proverbial crossroads to learn how to play the blues. This is a bold claim to make, but Wildwood Guitars has never shied away from being bold. You heard it here first, folks: Dave Friedman and Grover Jackson are clearly both warlocks with infinite magical powers, and they have figured out how to steal the souls of vintage guitars and transmute them into modern, hot-rodded axes.
I'm not sure how they do it (perhaps they have a soul-stealing assembly line set up in their shop), but I do know that guitar-makers with such eldritch, dark powers are not to be trifled with, and that we had better honor them by discussing what makes their instruments so good lest they become displeased with us and smite us with their terrible powers.