no, i don't mean really "magic", but i mean uncommonly good examples, guitars which are head and shoulders above their factory-mates, for no easy to discern reason? i am very convinced there are such guitars and i am interested in your thoughts and experiences. example one: about, mmm, 5 years ago, i bought a used SG. now, one of my complaints about certain gibson guitars is the strap knob on the back of the neck. the 335, firebird, and SG have this and i have a big round belly so these guitars tend to face the floor when i stand up and play them on a strap. but this SG had the strap knob in the regular place, but it hung exactly like i wanted it to, as good as a strat. furthermore, this SG had a big neck but was not neck-heavy at all. WHY? why did it hang right? i have no idea. there was nothing different that the eye could see. i should have never sold that one. i don't really remember anything unusual about it's sound, but damn, i have missed that guitar. wish i'd never let it go. example two: here where i live, there is a rental outfit that rents out lots of fender guitars. about 2 years ago, they had a new shipment of strats and etc in. i pulled a wine red MIM standard strat off the wall and strummed it and was absolutely blown away. that guitar vibrated from one end to the other with every touch. it was utterly ALIVE and it was loud unplugged. i have never heard another unplugged guitar that sounded like that or was so loud. i should have bought it or at least rented it, but i just didn't need anything right then, so it passed into the great wilderness of Kentucky guitar players. but, man, that thing was truly special. and i'll even go one further. along about 2010 or so, the aforementioned rental outfit had a crop of new MIM telecasters. i rented one of them and kept it a couple of months. this rented tele was one of the easiest to play guitars i've ever had in my hands. now here's where it gets unusual: it had very low action but i could play slide on it. it probably had 10-46 strings, but you could just play it on and on like "butter", but pull out the slide and it didn't make no difference. it was one of the best playing guitars i've ever had in my hands. i could have bought it but i let it go back cause i didn't like the color. Idiot. so, whats your story?