This model presumably has a Pao Ferro (variant of rosewood, sometimes called Iron Wood and sometimes called Bolivian rosewood) fingerboard hosting 10 white dotmarkers in 9 positions, having a maple headstock bearing a single string tree an the facsimile of Mr. Vaughn’s signature at the bulbous headstock end. Tuners are gold plated with small oval buttons; the large white initials “S R V” appear on the white-bordered black pickguard below which are three white rotary knobs and adjacent to which is a white-capped toggle switch. This is a tremolo model with the tremolo positioned on the left hand side of the bridge.
The model was introduced at the NAMM Show in 1992. The first one hundred or so had Brazilian rosewood fingerboards, but that starting in around 1993 Fender changed over to Pao Ferro for the fingerboard. Fender’s own website states: “The legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan collaborated with Fender to produce a signature Stratocaster guitar shortly before his tragic and untimely death in 1990. The resulting Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster features an early ’60s “oval” neck shape, pao ferro fingerboard with jumbo frets, three Fender Texas Special™ single-coil pickups, gold-plated hardware, inverted left-hand vintage tremolo unit and distinctive “SRV” pickguard. Our [Fender’s] homage to a true master.”
We present to you a guitar that really needs no introduction – whose legend precedes it to a level seldom experienced in a modern Fender Signature Model Strat.