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What is the Sound of Magic? It's when the song you are playing seems to play itself. It's when you pick up a guitar and from the moment you play it you become inspired, and new ideas flow freely with every strum. It's when your guitar becomes the vehicle of your inspiration, and an extension of your soul. It's that elusive element that is the difference between a mass produced, machine-made guitar, and a hand-made instrument that takes on the soul of its creator, and eventually its owner.I founded Lakewood Guitars back in 1986 with one purpose in mind -- to build very special musical instruments that would become treasured by their owners. My love for the guitar dates back to when I was a boy scout. Playing the guitar together was the one thing I remember most about being with my friends. When I was 18, a man named Manfred Pletz offered me an apprenticeship building guitars in his shop. Most of the instruments we made at that time were classical guitars, so it's no wonder that my first love was this type of instrument. We also built steel string guitars, all kinds of mandolin-type instruments and acoustic basses. It was a great challenge, and as a result I learned many things about this family of stringed instruments. My apprenticeship lasted three years. I will be forever grateful to Manfred for the lessons he gave me.Upon completing my apprenticeship, I worked as an instrument repairman for local music shops in the area. I quickly learned that guitar repair and restoration can be even more difficult than building a new instrument. During that period, thousands of guitars passed through my hands. I heard many different sounds, and saw many different building techniques. I also got to speak with the owners of these instruments about what they liked and did not like. It was a never-ending learning experience that helped shape the guitar building philosophy I have today.Martin Seeliger
Giessen, Germany
Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Dave Matthews, Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Bazillian (The Hooters), Christopher Jones, Jimmy Docherty, Julian Dawson, Kazumi Watanabe, Tim Sparks, Wallis Bird
A-32, D-32, J-32, M-32, A-24, A-36, M-45, D-48, J-50, M-52, D-53, M-54, J-56, Jumbo, Dreadnought, Auditorium, Grand Concert, Baritone, 12-String
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