Stevie Ray Vaughan gear

29th Nov 2010 | 15:14

Stevie Ray Vaughan gear
Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster


At NAMM 2004, Fender debuted a limited run of 400 Tribute Strats made by master builder John Cruz. The less well-heeled SRV devotee will still surely be delighted with the Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster, a fine guitar in its own right – sporting an inverted vintage trem, oval neck profile and overwound Fender Texas Special pickups.

Stevie Ray Vaughan gear
Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer


An original claimed by its owner to have been used by SRV himself recently appeared on Ebay. If you’re less fussy about authenticity you can pick up a vital component of the Stevie sound relatively cheaply in its TS-808, TS-9 or TS-10 incarnations.

Stevie Ray Vaughan gear
Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere Mk II


Assuming you don’t have a Fender Vibratone for those Cold Shot moments, you could either rely, as SRV sometimes did, on a Dunlop Uni-Vibe, or take the plunge with Hughes & Kettner’s authentic sounding Rotosphere pedal.

Stevie Ray Vaughan gear
Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb


Along with an array of Marshalls and Dumbles, maxed-out Fender amps were a mainstay of classic SRV tone, and characterise his early recordings. If you can’t track down the now-discontinued ’64 Reissue Vibroverb and can’t crank a Twin or Bassman, you could always audition the Vibrolux: a 40-watt, two-channel, 2 x 10 all-tube (6L6 and 12AX7s) combo.

Stevie Ray Vaughan gear
Jim Dunlop JH-F1 Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face


For Hendrixy moments, SRV used classic Fuzz Faces. Guitar tech César Diaz also built a circuit into
an old Fuzz Face which went on to form the basis of the Diaz Texas Square Face Fuzz. If you can’t find one of those, a JH-F1 Jimi Hendrix model will fuzz you up just as nicely.

Stevie Ray Vaughan gear
Vox V845 Wah


The new version of Stevie’s preferred wah has AC power support, and its tough all-black casing houses a circuit based on the original Vox Wahs of the sixties. And you get change from £70 – say what?

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