A short video made by the Chicago Music Exchange about an extremely rare 1963 Fender Stratocaster believed to be the first ever one to have an Antigua finish.
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Number 1” Fender Stratocaster was also known as known as “Stevie’s first wife”. He acquired the guitar in the early 1970’s from Ray Henning’s Heart of Texas music shop. The guitar has a 1962 body with 1959 pickups and originally had a white scratch plate. Taking inspiration from Hendrix he mounted a left handed bridge on the guitar. His guitar tech Rene Martinez replaced the frets with Jumbo frets that yearly had to be repaired due to extreme wear and tear through Stevie’s extensive playing. The guitar was tuned down a semi-tone to E-flat and strung with .013 to .060 which made the guitar harder to play and on occasion would be drawing blood from his fingertips but gave the guitar a superior tone. The guitar was used on all four of his solo studio albums.
In 1975 when fantasy themes where common in rock music artist Bruce Wolfe illustrated a series of fantasy Fender adverts which included this classic one featuring “The Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar” from Alice in Wonderland playing a Fender guitar and bass at the same time.
There are some great looking guitars in the 2013 Fender Select Series like the Malaysian Black wood topped Telecaster (far left) and the flamed maple top Jazzmaster with a twilight burst finish (far right). Both the Stratocaster and Jazzmaster feature Fender’s new “channel-bound” fingerboards where the rosewood fingerboard is inlaid into the maple neck.
Video showing the 2013 Fender Select Series
“Day by day night after night,
Blinded by the neon light,
Hurry here, hustling there,
No one’s got the time to spare”.
Blues demonstration comparing Bone, Metal and Glass slides for different slide tones.
Happy New Year from Dannys Guitar Channel :)
Here is a little Blues shuffle guitar lesson