Celebrating 50 Years of the Fender Strat Tom Wheeler. ^8 frfc \ CHAPTER … The SRV Strat is modeled after Stevie’s famous Number One.
SRV Guitar Hurricane Number One was obtained in 1973 in a revival of his first Strat, the 1963, he bought in 1969. According to Stevie, he saw the Strat in the Heart of Texas Music of Ray Hennig, in Austin. He said he knew that tobacco sunburst, used Strat was, just by looking, guitar for him. The neck was a D-shaped rosewood handle strange, very large, which is great Stevie hands like a glove. The body was stamped LF-1959 “but the neck was stamped” 1962. “Stevie assume that Leo Fender probably assembled this guitar left over 1959 parts production in 1962. It was said that the” LF 1959 “actually means” Louis Fuentes “and not Leo Fender. Neither has never really checked.
In interviews, René sometimes question the date of manufacture of a number. René says he has found that the pickups are 1959, when both the neck and body are 1962 (See book Guitar World on SRV). In the spirit of Stevie, the guitar was a factory cobbled-up in 1959, if all threads finished there.The guitar came with a stock early sixties white pickguard, a right-handed vibrato unit, and 1959 pickups. It is said that sometimes during the term of the guitar, or Stevie or a previous owner had the pickups rewound to the Fender factory.
The result was slightly overwound of the original, which is reproduced in the SRV Signature Strat. I can not find proof of the van rewind.Over year, Stevie and Rene Martinez, his guitar tech, replaced the pickguard, tremolo unit, saddles and neck. Some changes were purely cosmetic, some were functional (for a particular feeling or tone), and others were out-and-out repairs.Over year, Stevie replaced the pickguard (several times) with a black pickguard and added his “SRV initials” iridescent letters from several styles. Rene Martinez pointed out that it would r Der truck stops for letters to replace those who were far away.