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Srv Number One Fender Stratocaster
Painting - Acrylic On Stretched Canvas
Number One (also known as Vaughan's 'First Wife') was a Fender Stratocaster used by Vaughan for most of his career. It was originally claimed to be a 1959 model, but when making the Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Number One Tribute Stratocaster, the Fender Custom Shop discovered the body was dated 1963. Therefore, it can rightly be called a 1963 Stratocaster. After purchasing the instrument in 1973 from Ray Henning's Heart of Texas music shop in Austin, Texas, it was his main performing instrument and companion. Vaughan made heavy use of the guitar on all five of his studio albums and on 'Family Style' - an album recorded with his brother Jimmie shortly before his death in 1990.
Soon after he got the guitar, Vaughan tried to change the guitar over to a 'left-handed' tremolo to imitate one of his idols, Jimi Hendrix. Because the quality of his 'transformation' was so poor, he went to a truckstop to find something to cover the giant hole he chopped in the body, hence the "CUSTOM" sticker across the bottom of the bridge. He also found some large, prismatic stickers to spell his initials "SRV" on and applied those to the guitar for a little extra flash. His use of the stickers make Number One one of the most recognizable guitars in the history of modern music.
"Number One" had a neck relief of .012" at the 7th and 9th frets, and leveled out through the remainder of the fingerboard. The fingerboard radius is 10" and used Dunlop 6100 fretwire. String height was measured to be 5/64" on the high E string and 7/64" on the low E string. Each string had 3 full winds for the best angle at the bone nut.
December 8th, 2009
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