There is a certain friendliness in old guitars, that you don’t often feel in new instruments. And yet, I want to rather create new than to repeat the past. I’ve worked hard for years to grasp that magic of the old world and to merge it into my new guitars.
MAKING THE ST-STYLE OLD SCHOOL Guitars
Wonderful Sonic blue Strat No.19!
First grade 62´ swamp ash body – 2 piece.
Hard maple neck – Eric Johnson¨head shape.
Roasted maple AAA fretboard.
Custom made 600 grams stainless steel tremolo,
with big brass block.
Gotoh locking tuners.
Great sounding MOJO GEAR FX fat pickups.
I hope God and Leo will forgive me. I built a guitar which is an exact copy of the SRV’s number one 59 to the finest detail.
Stevie Ray Vaughan would refer to his number one stratocaster as his first wife. It was his most played guitar and can be heard on all five studio albums.
He found the guitar in 1973 at Ray Henning’s Heart of Music guitar store in Austin, TX. He traded his 63 strat for it.
The guitar had a huge D shaped neck with jumbo frets and was rumored to have been built by Leo Fender himself using the neck and body of a 62 strat. It bears the stamp “LF-1959″ on the neck. Its got a left handed tremelo (so Stevie could emulate his hero Jimi Hendrix) and gold plated hardware. God knows how many times it had been refretted.
Rumor has it that Stevie Ray Vaughan would scour truck stops on tour looking for the SRV letters that appear on the pick guard as he’d wear through them.
Number one was destroyed in the crash that killed Stevie. Its been said that the guitar is buried with him but Jimmy Vaughan once stated in an interview that he has it locked up in a vault.
Number One is probably the most famous Stratocaster ever.
Neck: Maple – Special asymmetric neck shape –
Thickness at 1st Fret: .835″
Thickness at 12th Fret: .970″
Machine heads: Vintage style Locking Kluson – Goldplated
Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood – Pau Ferro (12” Radius – 304.8 mm.
Frets: 21 – 6105 Jumbo
Pickups: Three “TEXAS SPECIAL” Vintage style single coil
Controls: Master volume, Tone (Neck), Tone (Mid)
Tremolo: Left-hand vintage style – Goldplated
Pickup Switching: 5-Position blade switch
Scale lenght: 25.5″ (648MM)
Neck width @ Nut: 1.685″ (42MM)
Colors: 3 – Color Sunburst
Other: Black-White-Black pickguard with white knobs and pickup covers;
“SRV” Initials in pickguard