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5 Ways to Strum Without A Pick Dec. '20 Ex. 3

A stripped-down small-bodied acoustic that punches well above its price class.

Midrange-focused voice. Smaller body and scale delivers easy playability. Excellent craftsmanship.

If you love big, boomy jumbos and dreads, you might want to look at a different body style.

$2,450

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Photo by Alex Da Corte

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“Did you grow up Unitarian?” Annie Clark asks me. We’re sitting in a control room at Electric Lady Studios in New York’s West Village, and I’ve just explained my personal belief system to her, to see if Clark, aka St. Vincent, might relate and return the favor. After all, does she not possess a kind of sainthood worth inquiring about?

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