I had one of these way back in the day, and I have one today. If I'm going to have a C64 in my house (or 2 or 3 or...well, you know) I have to have one of these glorious joysticks, too. And frankly, I use it with my Amigas as well.
It is easily my favorite go-to joystick 9 times out of 10: the Suncom TAC-2 “Totally Accurate Controller”.
I've always had a black version. I've seen the off-white ones online, but I've never had one or seen them in-person.
These controllers are super solid and legendary for their durability and precision. They were also made in the USA.
Actually, that's not entirely true. There was a cheaper version made in China that had a black plastic stem instead of the solid metal chrome version, but I've never had one of those, either.
I suppose another oft-forgotten benefit of this controller is it is equally great for both righties and lefties.
I have a few other controllers I pull out depending on the game (e.g. the Wico Command Stick), but most of the time I "stick" with what I grew up using.
What's your favorite controller?