Some people are just born to play guitar, and Stevie was definitely one of them.” This may come as disappointing news to guitar players who want to sound like SRV but weren’t born with his genes. He would get sober and survive, only to die in a helicopter crash four years later. A Squier Classic Vibe 60s model is an even more affordable option, looks-wise, coming in at just over £300. Sometimes he used a slig… These are under £1k and although different specs to SRV’s originals, they are enticing, affordable routes to classic blackface tone. We provide insight and opinion about gear, artists, technique and the guitar industry for all genres and skill levels. Supremely fortunate to have attended EVERY single SRV performance in Louisville, KY: 8/1/83 – Stage II/Sound Stage, (Supported by Lonnie Mack), 11/16/89 – Louisville Gardens (supported by Jeff Beck). Taking into account modern tech, be sure to check out the new Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb and Deluxe Reverb. Dig In. It’s always worth bearing in mind that Stevie Ray saw things somewhat uniquely, though: he once said, “I use the Fenders for distortion and the Marshall for clarity” – the opposite of what you’d expect. Nobody was doing those kinds of electronic things he was doing. This new compilation from Jack White’s Third Man Records is a treasure trove of 90s shoegaze and space-rock rarities from a set of Michigan bands indebted to the UK scene. I could do some of his stuff by then but actually I’ve been trying to find out what he was doing more so lately than I was then. He changed around gauges often, depending on the condition of his fingers, but always favored, from high to low, .013, .015, .019, .028, .038, .058. I was expecting that 4 or 5 people were in the band. God Bless you and yours. You could call it a guitar lesson, but as his student, you had better have advanced blues chops and a very good ear. ©2006-2020 Open Culture, LLC. For amps, Stevie Ray kept things relatively straightforward: he usually picked from 60s vintage black-panel Fender Super Reverbs, a Marshall Club & Country combo amp (with 2×12″ JBL speakers) and a pair of black-panel Fender Vibroverb amplifiers (numbers five and six off production line), each with one 15-inch speaker. Like every guitar great, it was how (not what gear) Stevie Ray played that made him unique. For modern reissues, a Fender 65 Super Reverb is just under £2k. Nothing like “reporting” something that was already reported 30 years ago…. For wah pedals, Stevie Ray favoured Vox. For effects, Stevie Ray is often associated with that most obiquitous of drive pedals, the Ibanez Tube Screamer – in fact there’s an argument to be made that the humble TS would be a lot less popular than it is today if not for Stevie’s patronage. Needless to say, there are software emulations of SRV / Fender tone via the likes of AmpliTube if you run a PC-rig for recording, although a lot concentrates on earlier Tweed-era tones. Perhaps the the most concise statement of this comes from John Mayer’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech: There is an intensity about Stevie’s guitar playing that only he could achieve, still to this day. He explained why he favored this guitar in a 1983 interview: "I like the strength of its sound. Remembering Stevie Ray Vaughan – Guitar Player. Follow him at @jdmagness, by Josh Jones | Permalink | Comments (12) |. His core sound generally had a medium crunch, with the bass rolled off and the mid boosted. Red was a 1962 sunburst Fender Stratocaster bought from Charley’s Guitar Shop in late 1983 (the cheques were starting to roll in by this point! In part two of our look at the chord shapes and sequences which define Paul Simon’s sound, we focus on his early years as a solo artist. The late 70s and early 80s were not halcyon days for the art form: Eric Clapton’s star had waned with so-so albums such as Another Ticket and Money And Cigarettes, ZZ Top were delving into the sequencer-driven MTV-rock that made them millions but ripped up their roots: the rejuvenation of Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker and other elder legends was still some way off… the underrated Robert Cray was making waves, but his gentler, more soulful style didn’t deliver the power-blues thrills many guitar players sought. For just over £2,000, you can still buy it: from 2019 it came in a relic’d version, too. The October 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Be sure to steer away from distortion pedals; you want an overdrive. He was not picky on string brand, but favored GHS Nickel Rockers of heavy gauge, partly for tone and partly because his fretting and strumming were so strong he often snapped strings while playing. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Despite modern tone-hounds often zeroing in on certain models of Screamer, Stevies tended to update to whatever the latest model was, using TS-808, TS9, and TS10 models at various times. An authentic new Ibanez TS9 is around £115. Courtesy of Your Guitar Academy, here’s a great lesson showing SRV’s right-hand technique which is essential for getting the correct amount of “air” in his sound. He’d have been remarkable in any era, but Stevie Ray Vaughan arrived just at the right time in the long history of the electric blues. SRV’s dual education in both the British blues and the American blues of his heroes gave him “less reservations and less reasons to be so-called a ‘purist,’” he says in the video above. Open Culture ( and our trusted partners use technology such as cookies on our website to personalise ads, support social media features, and analyze our traffic. Read the interview at Guitar Player. Vaughan owned and used a variety of guitars during his career. “Stevie could perhaps be the greatest guitar player that ever lived,” the blues legend remarked in 1979. Five years on from the King Of The Blues’ death in 2015, aged 89, a new movie featuring Wendell Pierce as BB is in the works. So, if you can’t reach for a bona fide SRV signature, what’s next? But even vintage versions of the Custom Shop signature are now collectable: we recently saw a relic’d 2004 Number 1 handcrafted by Master Builder John Cruz listed at over £50,000! Unsubscribe at any time. Open Culture scours the web for the best educational media. By checking the boxes you agree to receive the following from us via e-mail. We find the free courses and audio books you need, the language lessons & educational videos you want, and plenty of enlightenment in between. Here’s’s wah buying guide and a history of wah. Whenever you … “He won’t live to get 40 years old if he doesn’t leave that white powder alone,” Waters went on. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. It later had his SRV decal applied and a left-handed neck fitted (in 1986) in another visual tip of the hat to Hendrix… that neck was briefly fitted to Number One in 1989, which does lead to some confusion when you’re looking back at pictures from the era!