Porter muses over the highlights of his vast collection used on records by everyone from B.B. King to Eric Clapton to the Smiths.

"My life as a guitar player and collector is the quest for the perfect Strat," Porter says, before introducing his favorite: a very personal remake of a 57 Strat. "I'd bought a piece of rosewood some years ago," Porter explains. "My friend Roger Giffin, who ran the Gibson custom shop, took the wood and made me three 57-style necks: a Strat neck, a Tele neck, and a Jazzmaster neck. No lacquer and no truss rods, because a good piece of rosewood is never gonna bend. This guitar's pickups are from Fender's 2004 limited edition 50th Anniversary1954 Strat reissue."