I thought it would be cool to hear stories about guitars that have sentimental significance for you. I've bought and sold way too many guitars over the years, but there is one guitar that I'll never part with (again). Back in 2005, when I was an active recording/performing fingerstyle guitarist, I had a guitar custom built for me by luthier Kent Hamblin. It featured a cedar top, flamed "fiddleback" mahogany back and sides, and a longer 25.7" scale length, since I used dropped tunings (DADGAD, CGDGAD, and CGCGCD) almost exclusively. As an extra personal touch, my friend--and talented inlay artist--Bill Nichols inlaid my signature (in maple, to match the guitar's bindings) into the back of the headstock. A few years later, I went through a rough patch and had to sell off some of my expensive guitars, including this one. I'm not sure what its history was over the next 10 years... but two years ago, my son Owen happened to see it listed for sale on a guitar forum, and he decided to buy it back for me as a surprise birthday gift. Now... my son had recently graduated from high school and started his first real job. This is the most expensive guitar I've ever owned--and I have no idea how much he paid to reacquire it. But it must have taken an incredible amount of patience and sacrifice to slowly save up the funds for it. When he presented it to me on my birthday, I was so shocked I couldn't even speak. I just looked back and forth between Owen and the guitar in disbelief until my eyes welled up with tears. Even now, it's hard not to get choked up talking about it. Needless to say, this guitar will never change hands again... at least until I'm gone and it gets passed back to my son. For what it's worth... this guitar has a twin--a cedar/rosewood Hamblin SJ that also has my signature on the back of the headstock. I have no idea where it is now (it was sold at the same time as this one), but every once in a while I do a search to see if I can find it. I don't think I'd ever be in a position financially to reacquire the rosewood sibling, but I'm still curious where it ended up. Even if I eventually tracked it down and reacquired it, though, it would never be able to come even close to the sentimental value that this one has. I also had a cedar/cocobolo Hamblin SJ at the same time (this is the guitar that's featured on the cover of my Celtic Guitar Solos songbook): I bought that Hamblin from a good friend of mine, and it was the one that inspired me to order the pair of custom guitars before eventually selling it back to him. He unfortunately passed away a few years ago, but we were both trying to track this one down for him at the time. Still have no idea where it ended up, either. Here's a couple of shots of the Hamblin triplets when they were all together: Anyway... enough about mine. What guitar(s) have special significance for you?