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

"Despite sharing the 175's shape, this older guitar is 100-percent acoustic. When I bought it, it was completely butchered," says Porter, "three coats of house paint on it, pictures of the Beatles, and "All You Need Is Love" painted on the back. But I love these guitars, so I sent it back to London with Dick Knight [luthier, Knight Guitars], who refretted it, sprayed it black, and put binding in the f-holes like a junior L5. Plus he added the L5 pickguard."