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 K in this Martin's model name is for the Hawaiian koa wood. Koa guitars like this one were mostly for playing Hawaiian slack key," says Porter. Koa wood got very popular with Hawaiians, and then the world, which has made koa wood almost endangered. This guitar is in really perfect shape. Porter describes the sound of koa as," a little crisper than rosewood, similar in a way to maple."

From channeling life experiences through his playing to his gospel influences and learning from right-handed players, Gales digs deep.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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A lightweight, portable amp series developed after months of forensic examination of vintage valve amps.

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