One of the greatest guitarists of all time, Stevie Ray Vaughan, was and forever will be remembered for his soulful music, his revolutionary playing style and for his distinctive, beat-up Fender® Stratocaster® guitar. Affectionately known as “Number One”, this guitar in Stevie’s hands helped bring Texas blues to the forefront of popular music in the 1980s, and together, Stevie and “Number One” inspired a new generation of musicians both young and old to pick up a Stratocaster and try to recreate some of their magic.
In honor of the legendary guitarist and his guitar, the world renowned Fender Custom Shop is proud to announce that in January of 2004, it will offer a Limited Edition Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Model “Number One” Stratocaster Guitar. These guitars have been commissioned to the Custom Shop by the estate of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and only 100 replicas will ever be built.
Recently, a team from Fender comprised of Richard McDonald, George Blanda, and Mike Eldred visited guitarist Jimmie Vaughan in Austin, Texas, to “dissect” his brother’s guitar, and to scientifically record its every aspect—from measuring the output of each of the three single-coil pickups and the tension of their copper wire, to digitally weighing each piece of wood and hardware, to measuring the body and neck shapes and their contours, and to using calipers to measure every nick, scratch and wear mark on the guitar.
“We will be able to painstakingly reproduce ‘Number One’ in every way, shape and form,” says Eldred. “But it’s a labor of love. Just about every guitarist today has been influenced by Stevie’s playing in some way, and not only is it an honor to be a part of this project, we’re thrilled to be able to offer replicas of this historical guitar.”