Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster Electric Guitar
Fender’s decision to dedicate an axe in their Artist Series to blues great Stevie Ray Vaughan was something of a no-brainer, as the guitarist revolutionized Texas blues and exposed the craft to a legion of new artists that continues to expand with each passing year. Debuting in 1992, the Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster is built to the exact specifications of Vaughan’s favorite Strat, which he called Number One, giving players an axe that captures the sound and feel of this legendary instrument in a brand new package.
Vaughan favored a thick oval neck profile on his Number One, which allowed him to improve tone and sustain while offering more comfort to his fretting hand, and this feature has been incorporated into the SRV Strat. Because his style of Texas blues (and most variations of the sub genre, quite honestly) rely so heavily on string bends and vibrato, the guitar features jumbo-sized frets which provide players with better string control. Three single coil Texas Special pickups cover the entire frequency range necessary to really make the axe sing, from deep lows to screaming highs. And because this guitar was so thoughtfully crafted with its innovator in mind, the pick guard features the iconic SRV’ initials running vertically alongside the instrument.