It was a musical nightmare. I was in the middle of a gig, performing in the pit orchestra for a musical.The house was packed. There was a poignant moment on stage underscored by an exposed accompaniment— “gentle strumming ala Radiohead” is what the part indicated. Suddenly, in the hushed moment, I heard a crackling. Notes began cutting in and out, and then, finally, just silence. The electronics in my acoustic guitar were malfunctioning, causing the signal from my guitar to my amplifier to fail. I managed to get the signal working again by (incredulously) “tapping” the volume knob on my guitar. But the damage was done. I was embarrassed, to say the least. As a professional musician, I pride myself on using reputable equipment. This wasn’t an entry-level model. I paid good money for this guitar. I expected it to work, and it let me down right in the middle of a performance.