GALLERY: John Porter Guitar Collection
This handmade jazz guitar is finely detailed, with its pickup hovering over its body. “[Mark] Lacey is an English fellow in L.A.” Porter explains. “I used to hang out in Norm’s Rare Guitars, and this Lacey guitar was always hanging on the wall between two D’Angelicos … One day I was playing the D’Angelicos but then picked this Lacey up, and it was better than those D’Angelicos, which were probably $30k-40k each. Of all the f-hole, carved-top guitars I own, I think this is the best.” George Benson rented this guitar from Porter for recording. “I don’t know why he didn’t have his own guitar,” says Porter.