“I saw the archtop guitar hitting a peak in terms of quality and diversity. The instruments that were being made at that point, in my view, surpassed those at any other time in history. I had often thought that it would be neat to get all the great portrait painters together to interpret the same subject and then see the differences among them. So that’s why I set out to do The Blue Guitars. To get all the greatest builders together and have them interpret the same guitar, an 18-inch archtop, in the same color blue that Jimmy had used. All of these great luthiers saw this as a friendly competition, and as a result they went beyond anything they’d ever done. We ended up with a collection of the greatest archtop guitars ever made.