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In this article on Glen's Takamine, "To paraphrase an old joke, when you look in the dictionary under 'hardest working guitar in show business' you see a picture of Glen Hansard's well-worn Takamine, 'The Horse.' Purchased in a Dublin music shop in 1990, the Horse has had quite a ride over the past 20 years. It first served as Glen's street companion as he busked for a living on Grafton Street. That year also saw the formation of The Frames (named for all the bicycle frames around Glen's house), one of the most influential bands on the thriving Dublin music scene at the time. As The Horse worked harder and harder, its working class cred began to show, as a hole started to develop in the cedar top where Glen's fingernails and pick fell naturally on the thin finish. By that time Glen had developed a bond with the guitar, so rather than put it out to pasture, he just kept playing it. Today, it's one of the most recognizable and iconic instruments in guitardom."more
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