I've being playing for 13 years. I don't like very much the "vintage" machine heads, I would prefer something better, but I guess SRV wanted it that way.
I think this is a top of the line Fender Stratocaster. No other stratocaster is like this one, if you buy one you'll have the best of the best.
This is an expensive guitar, but as I've already said, what you pay is what you get. If you want to spend $200 in a China-made Squier Strat, then you'll have a $200 tone. If you buy this SRV Signature Stratocaster, for $1,000+ you'll get... Priceless Stevie Ray Vaughan tone!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Backstage Musical Instruments
Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster, Body: Alder, Neck: Maple, Fingerboard: Pao Ferro (12" Radius/305 mm),
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm),
No. of Frets: 21 (Dunlop 6105 Jumbo Frets),
Machine Heads: Gold Plated Fender/Gotoh Vintage Tuning Machines;
Pickups: 3-Texas Special Single Coils; Pickup Switching 5 Position Blade; Controls Master Volume, Tone (Neck), Tone (Middle);
Pickguard 3-Ply Black (B/W/B) with SRV initials engraved;
Bridge Gold Plated Left Handed "Original"Vintage Tremolo; Deep Oval Shape Neck. Accessories Hardshell Case (really beautiful), Strap (a nice touch from Fender!), Cable (a high quality one).
The guitar has excellent feel, is pretty comfortable and is great for bendings, solos and chords.
I wanted to play SRV riffs and stuff, and I wanted his tone. Obviously this is the axe to do it. Really great for Texas Blues, SRV's blues (Rivera Paradise or Lenny).
I'm using a POD 2.0, so you can achieve the perfect tone. Using the Twin Reverb, Bassman or Blackface simulations you get the SRV tone instantly. Both (the guitar and the POD) are absolutely amazing.
As any single coil, the pick ups are noisy, but with a noise gate you're done.
The sound is incredibly rich, bright if you need it and somewhat obscure if you need it.
Basically this is a great stratocaster. You may play stuff from Eric Clapton or any other Stratocaster player. This is by far the very best Stratocaster I've ever played.
I have also a Les Paul Custom ('57 original) wich is one of the best axes in the world, but I had an urge for that fender "twang". I think I have now the two best guitars available.
I don't really know. If this guitar allows you to do all the pyrotechnics as SRV did with N 1, then this axe must be very reliable. Actually, it would be a good idea to recreate all the scratches and damage of the original N 1, because this is a beautiful guitar, but it looks "too neat" compared to the original.
I don't know if the finish would last, but who cares? The more you abuse the guitar the better original look you have.
Peavey Wolfgangs, PRS bolt-ons, Gibson Smartwoods,
Other Fender Strats.
Price: $900.00 (new)
Where Obtained: IRC music
Digitech multi processor, Cry baby Wah
Plug it into a Fender Bassman and your half-way to the delta!
Model Year: 1992
Where Obtained: West Music (salesman)
Haven't got used to the lefty tremolo yet.
Sounds great plugged into anything.
You could play baseball with this thing.