I've often wondered why some guitars (with string guage, action height, and scale length all being equal) play much easier than others. For example, an old friend of mine had this '79 Strat that played itself basically. The action was moderately low, but the amount of effort needed to fret or bend a string halfway across the neck was nil. The guitar was an absolute treasure to play and it really inspired me to play my best everytime I had a chance to touch it. Unfortunately, I could never get any of my guitars to play nearly as easily as his. In fact, I've never played another guitar quite like that one, but there have been a few--very, very few--that have come close. So why is this? We were using the same string guage, tuning, scale length, and action, but my guitars had a tighter feel while his felt like zero-tension. You hear about some guitars being "player" guitars, but I think that exists on different levels. Some guitars play really well, like my Parker, but it couldn't hold a candle to that '79 Strat.