2008 Fender Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster. This one has had several pickguard changes. I finally decided the Fender Pearl Guard was one I liked best. I have stored away several others including the original “SVR” black guard it came with. I have several neck plates for this one as well, but still have the original one attached.
Unlike Stevie’s number “one” this guitar is absolutely immaculate.
I have swapped out the bridge saddles for some gold Graphtech String Savers and copper foiled all the cavities to quiet down the single coil pickups a bit. Still have the original ones put away.
UPDATE: I have since went back to the original Fender saddles.
The Stevie Ray Vaughan Signature Stratocaster made its debut at the NAMM Show in January 1992 although Fender had planned Custom Shop version in the late 1980s. They are still current models.
Story has it that, the famous “SRV” stickers on Stevie’s pickguard had worn off and he requested replacement stickers while doing The Tonight Show. The staff gave him Letraset script-style lettering and Stevie liked the lettering so much that he proposed that the lettering be engraved into the pickguard, as it appears on his signature model.
These Fender SVR Strats from this era are wonderful guitars and are hard to believe to be from the production side of Fender. They have an alder body, three-color sunburst and a polyurethane varnish, The maple neck is fairly thick, oval-shaped finished in polyurethane gloss with 21 Dunlop 6105 narrow jumbo frets, 12″ radius, and pau ferro fingerboard. The earliest models featured a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The pickups art Texas Special single coil with all gold plated hardware.
Fender SVR Strats also come with left handed tremolo which is something Stevie did in homage to Hendrix.
This is not the first one of these Stevie Ray Vaughan Strats I bought. I had another one I sold as this one was much better build quality in my opinion.
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s guitar
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King