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Blues For You's


I have played acoustic guitar for about 30 years...mostly stuff like James Taylor, Jim Croce...etc...

About 2 years ago, I discovered the blues and that is where it is at!! I play every free minute I get, and am getting rather good at it!!


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Pictured is Stevie Ray Vaughan's trademark Strat! He dubbed this "Number One" and called it his First Wife. It's an original 1959 Tobacco Burst Strat Body with a 1962 Rosewood "D" neck. He played with Number One from 1973 to his last show in 1990. It was originally rumored to have been buried with him, but recently showed up in the hands of brother Jimmy Vaughan.

I have my own "Number One" and built it out of parts obtained from various sources on the internet. It is a Tobacco Burst Strat body, vintage 1974, with an All Parts bubinga neck and ebony fretboard. Pickups are single coil from a Squire, but produce an incredible vintage tone that would stand up to any Texas Specials out there! I have it strung with Ernie Ball 11's, and it is an excellent blues guitar. (It is the 5th guitar from the left with the dark headstock)

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My "Number Two" is my Sea Foam Strat. The body is a 1970 Fender swamp ash, I stripped and refinished. It is fitted with a Fender maple/maple neck and has pickups from a Fender Pro-Tone (originally made by Fender Japan, but was discontinued after having hurt Fender American Standard sales). This is my primary rock guitar. It produces a dirty distorted sound, ideal for leads.

By the way...the above pic is of my old studio....I have since built a 10 x 12 booth that has acoustic wall and ceiling treatment. I have since acquired and sold some guitars, but usually have some where around 11-12 guitars. I am currently using a Tascam PortaStudio 488MKII 8 track for recording, and gear includes:

*** Line6 Flextone Amp *** Line6 POD *** Dual Samson Servo 170 Rack Amps *** Digitech Vocalist Access Harmonizer ***

*** Digitech Vocalist II Harmonizer *** ART 341 Dual 15 Band Equalizer ***

*** Alesis 3630 Dual Channel Compressor/Gate *** JBL 4206 Monitors ***

Musical Influences

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Albert King
  • Jimi Hendrix

Favorite Recordings

  • Texas Flood......Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Blues at Sunrise.....Albert King
  • Voodoo Chile....Jimi Hendrix / SRV