Being a dealer/collector for over 40 years, it‚Äôs very difficult to choose a favorite guitar. Each guitar does something different and has its own voice. I suppose on different days I might choose a different guitar. I collect and love fine Gibson and fender solid body guitars and I am also very fond of my blonde dot neck 1960 ES-335 semi-hollow electric. Other days it could be my 1941 Martin 000-45, a great flat top from the golden era of Martins. Gibson flat tops like J-200 jumbos, also really do it for me. I have a very special feeling for archtop jazz guitars. These guitars are the most difficult to produce. The woods, the workmanship, the sound. This is really cool stuff! I love my L-5s my super 400s, etc, etc. but when it comes to archtops the master of all is john D‚ÄôAngelico. He made special custom instruments for the top jazz players of the day. He used fabulous woods, his designs are legendary, and the functionality of his guitars is unsurpassed. My New Yorker 18 inch blonde cutaway guitar is guitar art at its finest. My D Angelico New Yorker is in pristine condition. Its first owner was Ralph Grasso, guitarist for the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. I remember speaking with Ralph and I went to his house many years ago. I think it was probably 1970. I bought a beautiful blonde cutaway 1963 L5C and a gorgeous 1958 Fender Stratocaster. While I was there Ralph showed me his 1961 New Yorker cutaway and I was floored. I asked if he would sell it to me. Now remember this was 1970. He said he would have to get at least $3000 for this guitar. At the time, this was a CRAZY amount of money. I pondered the price and just could not pull the trigger on the purchase. I went home and thought about it and said this is the most exquisite guitar ever, and I called him back to buy it. After Ralph thought about it, he decided that he just could not sell the guitar. It was made for him personally by D‚ÄôAngelico and he could not bear to let it go. He did promise me that if he ever decided to sell he would call me first. Many years went by and I dreamt about this guitar for a long time. Every 6 months or so, I would call Ralph just to stay in touch and to remind him of his promise. One day I was watching the show Three‚Äôs Company with John Ritter and Suzanne Summers and Ralph appeared on the show playing the D‚ÄôAngelico. He also received screen credit on the show. I figured if anyone saw this, they were sure to track Ralph down. After this, I all but gave up on ever acquiring this guitar. Possibly a year later I received a call from Ralph. He said he was about to send his daughter to college and wanted to give me the opportunity to finally buy the guitar. At this point it was for MUCH MUCH more than the original asking price. I was willing to pay most anything for my dream guitar and finally was able to acquire it. Ralph kept his word, and I finally got the guitar I wanted for so long.