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Strat Superstars: Stevie Ray Vaughan


As great as David Bowie’s album Let’s Dance was, it was Stevie Ray Vaughan that gave the album it’s blues undertones, and there was no better example of that than the solo on the title track, “Let’s Dance”.

Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan

That same year 1983, Stevie Ray’s own record, Texas Flood, was recorded. Vaughan and his band, Double Trouble, took blues to another level, taking influences from his heroes and contemporaries, like Albert King, Buddy Guy, and of course, Jimi Hendrix.

He owned several Stratocasters and all were given nicknames, but his baby was called “Number One”—a hybrid Strat that was made up of a ‘63 sunburst body and a ‘62 rosewood neck. With a left-handed tremolo, just like Hendrix’s, and the letters ‘SRV’ emblazoned on the front. This guitar was Stevie Ray’s workhorse.

After Vaughan’s tragic death in 1990, Number One was handed to his brother Jimmy, where it now resides safely locked away in a vault.

Photos: Getty

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