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

"The only bass Porter ever uses was born in the inaugural year of the model's famous split-pickup design. "I love the V neck", says Porter, who has used the bass in sessions with Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, and Jimmy Smith. The instrument performed its last live gig with Porter on bass for Roxy Music. I use it on sessions often, Porter says. It sounds incredible and I haven't changed the strings in 15 years."